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Ask a Death Doula Interviews Lynda Anello- Community Liaison for Vitas Healthcare

Ask a Death Doula Interviews Lynda Anello- Community Liaison for Vitas Healthcare

June 16, 2020

Death Doulas and Hospice Working Together to Provide the Best Possible Care! In This episode of "Ask a Death Doula" I am speaking with Lynda Anello who is the Community Liaison for Vitas Healthcare. Today we explore the beautiful holistic work of hospice and how Death Doulas are a wonderful support to the present day hospice team. xo Suzanne B. O'Brien RN  

Ask A Death Doula With Dr. Karen Wyatt

Ask A Death Doula With Dr. Karen Wyatt

May 12, 2020

In this Interview of Ask a Death Doula, I have the great pleasure of interviewing Dr. Karen Wyatt! Dr. Karen Wyatt is the bestselling author of the books The Tao of Death and 7 Lessons for Living from the Dying, which contains stories of patients she cared for as a hospice doctor and the spiritual lessons she learned from them at the end of their lives. Dr. Wyatt also hosts End-of-Life University Podcast, which features conversations with experts who work in all aspects of end-of-life care. She is widely regarded as a thought-leader in the effort to transform the way we care for our dying in the U.S. In addition, she is valued for her application of spiritual principles to illness and healthcare and teaches that in order to live life fully we must each overcome our fear of death and embrace the difficulties that life brings us.

Website: https://www.eoluniversity.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eoluniversity/

Twitter: @spiritualmd

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kwyattmd/

 

Ask A Death Doula Interview With Barb Karnes, RN

Ask A Death Doula Interview With Barb Karnes, RN

April 13, 2020

On this episode of "Ask a Death Doula", I have the great pleasure of interviewing Barbara Karnes RN. Enjoy this lively discussion from this expert about "Pain at End of Life" - the title of her latest educational booklet. Barbara has insights and wisdom that every person can benefit from.

 

Barbara Karnes, RN, is an internationally recognized author, speaker, thought leader and expert on end of life care and the dynamics of dying. Barbara was recognized in 2018 as a Hospice Innovator by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and was named the 2015 International Humanitarian Woman of the Year by the World Humanitarian Awards.

Barbara’s experience as a hospice care provider at the bedside of hundreds of people, and as an administrator overseeing the care of thousands, led to the 1985 publication of Gone from My Sight: The Dying Experience. Affectionately referred to in the industry as the “little blue hospice book,” Gone from My Sight has sold over 25 million copies worldwide, is published in 12 languages, and remains the leading resource on the market today educating families on the signs of approaching death.

Links Mentioned in This Episode

Barbara Karnes Books

End of Life Care Facebook Group

Something-To-Think-About Blog

How Seven Widowed Fathers Helped Each Other Through Grief

How Seven Widowed Fathers Helped Each Other Through Grief

March 6, 2020

On Today's episode of Ask a Death Doula, my guest is Justin M. Yopp, PhD,. Justin Yopp is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a member of UNC’s Comprehensive Cancer Support Program, Dr. Yopp offers psychotherapy, assessment, and consult-liaison services for both pediatric oncology and adult oncology populations at the N.C. Cancer Hospital. Dr. Yopp also co-leads the Widowed Parent Program (www.widowedparent.org), which offers support groups for parents who have lost a spouse or partner and are raising children on their own and conducts research to support grieving families. He co-authored The Group: Seven Widowed Fathers Reimagine Life (Oxford Press), which weaves together contemporary thinking on grief, adaptation and resiliency with the true story of the men from their first support group. Prior to joining the faculty at UNC, Dr. Yopp served as a psychologist at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

links mentioned in this Interview::

** website: www.widowedparent.org

** TED talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/justin_yopp_more_than_grief_how_seven_fathers_reimagined_life_after_loss

** Book:The Group: Seven Widowed Fathers Reimagine Life The Group: How Seven Widowed Fathers Reimagine Life

Ask a Death Doula-Talking “Love and Death” with Michael Hebb Founder of “Death Over Dinner”

Ask a Death Doula-Talking “Love and Death” with Michael Hebb Founder of “Death Over Dinner”

February 7, 2020

On this episode of Ask a Death Doula, My guest is Michael Hebb. Michael is the founder of Death Over Dinner and author of the book Let’s Talk About Death (Over Dinner.) He will share how the early illness and subsequent death of his father led him on a path to seek answers to life at just a tender age of 13. It is no wonder that he has accomplished so much inspiring work in this sacred space. In this episode, he will discuss the value of conversation at the dinner table and particularly for discussing difficult topics like death. We learn how Death Over Dinner now includes death dinners for healthcare providers. Michael also shares information about the upcoming event Love and Death, which will take place April, 2020 in Seattle, WA.The Love and Death Conference is bringing together the most poignant and inspired thought leaders in relationships, love, aging, death and dying to create a beautiful opportunity to explore what makes us human.

Links Mentioned in this show:

• Death Over Dinner Website : https://deathoverdinner.org/?fbclid=IwAR2UM1kfJbSVe1w5WXHG3gVxx07_wgUWU8t0YdIKDvOS1AEi52cv1f0zpeA

Love and Death Conference Event Seattle, WA April 24th-26th Connect. Collaborate. Express | RoundGlass Collective: https://collective.round.glass/v1/love-and-death

• Email Michael Hebb at Michael@deathoverdinner.org if you’re interested in being part of the EOL Collective

Ask A Death Doula - Interview with President of The Elisabeth Kubler Ross Foundation Brazil Chapter

Ask A Death Doula - Interview with President of The Elisabeth Kubler Ross Foundation Brazil Chapter

January 24, 2020

My guest today is Rodrigo Luz! Rodrigo is very inspiring!

Rodrigo Luz is the president of the Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation Brazil, an official chapter of the EKR Foundation USA. The mission of the EKR Foundation is to spread Elisabeth Kübler-Ross's legacy worldwide.

Rodrigo is an existential therapist working with palliative care and grief therapy in Brazil. He is a visiting professor of palliative care of several states of Brazil, such as the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Rio de Janeiro and the University of Pernambuco in northeastern of Brazil. He is also a professor at Casa do Cuidar, an organization that trains professionals in the philosophy and practice of Palliative Care in the city of São Paulo. He currently lives in Rio de Janeiro, where is the EKR Foundation in Brazil, near Copacabana beach.

Currently, the EKR Foundation in Brazil operates on the following fronts:

- The creation of a compassionate community for palliative care assistance to the most vulnerable population

- Training volunteers to care for patients in need of hospice or bereavement care - Partnership with national and local organizations to change death and dying culture

- Interdisciplinary seminars on death and dying, in which we interviewed critically ill patients, following the same method that Elisabeth Kübler-Ross created in the 1960s at the University of Chicago

- more than 150 patients have been interviewed weekly in our Brazilian Death and Dying Seminars

- Workshops in all areas of Brazil with hundreds of students interviewing dying patients and asking them to be our teachers (these workshops are conducted by Rodrigo Luz and Daniela Freitas Bastos, president and vice president of EKR Foundation Brazil)

- Workshops on Interpretation of Drawings of the Dying, as well as other methods used by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

- A 360-hour Advanced Palliative Care and Thanatology Trainning in Rio de Janeiro with students from all over Brazil

- Creating hospices based on the philosophy of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

- Workshops to help healthcare professionals, patients, and family members confront their unfinished business and understand the importance of unconditional love.

You can learn more about The Elisabeth Kubler Ross Foundation Brazil and US with the links below:

EKR Foundation Brazil Website: https://ekrbrasil.com

EKR Foundation USA website: https://www.ekrfoundation.org

FREE DOULA TRAINING- Learn the Skill, Change the World xo Suzanne

If you're a family caregiver, community volunteer, or are interested in becoming a Certified End of Life Doula Practitioner, follow the link below to join Suzanne for her FREE Introductory End-of-Life Doula Training!

For More Information on taking the free LIVE Doula Training Click Here: International Doulagivers Institute or visit doulagivers.com

 

Ask a Death Doula “Good Grief” Series and Interview with Michelle Hoffman

Ask a Death Doula “Good Grief” Series and Interview with Michelle Hoffman

January 16, 2020

In this episode of Ask a Death Doula, We begin a series titled "Good Grief". Today we are interviewing Michelle Hoffman Michelle.

Hoffmann is the founder of TheWidowGuide.com. She is an international bestselling author, speaker and coach through grief, bringing light to widowhood. She empowers parents who have lost a spouse figure out how to parent alone, and have dreams of their own. Join me discussing with Michelle how to take a step by step approach to reclaiming your life after a spouse has died. Grief is something that touches us all. There are tools and support that can help. xo Suzanne

For more on Michelle Hoffman, Please visit www.thewidowguide.com

FREE END OF LIFE DOULA TRAINING!

If you're a family caregiver, community volunteer, or are interested in becoming a Certified End of Life Doula Practitioner, follow the link below to join Suzanne for her FREE Introductory End-of-Life Doula Training!

For More Information on taking The Doulagivers Free End of Life Doula Training. Please visit www.doulagivers.com 

The Future of Health Care Will Be Non-medical

The Future of Health Care Will Be Non-medical

November 21, 2019

 

In this episode of Ask a Death Doula titled

"The Future of Health Care Will Be Non-medical” allows the audience will be able to understand the enormous crisis upon us with caring for our elderly and end of life population. The statistics alone are alarming, but you combine that with the reality that the US has a fragmented health care structure that cannot meet the needs and demand of these large numbers and we have a major crisis before us that is only projected to get worse and worse in the upcoming decades.

       The good news is that there is a new profession of non-medical caregivers ready to fill the gaps and providing the much needed time and care to the millions that will need it. Having medical and non-medical professionals working together to care for patients is the answer to the present and future health care crisis.

 

In this podcast, you will learn:

1) What is the Elder Care Crisis?

2) How Doulagivers are "filling the gap" in Health Care

3) How mainstream medical cannot handle the amount of need currently and in the decades to come

4) Current alarming statistics

5) Understanding the medical reimbursement structure

6) The ratio of practitioners to patients

7) All the ways that Doulagivers are "Filling the Gap" to provide the best care possible

Ask a Death Doula Podcast LIVE from National Hospice and Palliative Care Conference Orlando, Florida

Ask a Death Doula Podcast LIVE from National Hospice and Palliative Care Conference Orlando, Florida

November 13, 2019

In this edition of Ask a Death Doula LIVE from Orlando, Florida, I will share the last ten days on the road and doing Doulagivers Training and outreach from the west coast to the east coast. I will then talk about the new LIFE section of Ask a Death Doula called "Asked a Death Doula About Life" where I will share teachings and education based on the forthcoming book "Top 13 Life Lessons from the Dying" by Suzanne B. O'Brien RN

In this Live Podcast, I will cover "The Coast to Coast Doulagivers Tour and How to Understand and Access Your Big "I"

  • The four bodies of energy
  • What is the little "I"?
  • What is the big "I"?
  • How the Little 'I" runs the show 95% of the time
  • How the Little "I" is the root cause of the dysfunctional state of the world today
  • How the only way to find true fulfillment in this life is through the Big 'I"
  • What Dying Patients say about the Big "I"
  • How to take a "Time In"
  • The 5 for 5 Doulagivers exercises for practicing presence
Ask a Death Doula Podcast LIVE from Reimagine Festival San Francisco California

Ask a Death Doula Podcast LIVE from Reimagine Festival San Francisco California

November 4, 2019

Ask a Death Doula Podcast LIVE from Reimagine Festival San Francisco California

 

Reimagine As a nonprofit organization aiming to break down taboos and transform our experiences around death, dying, and living. I Joined Michael Hebb and a remarkable panel of his friends consider the questions that keep us up at night. Ticket holders were able to submit questions to the panel prior to the event. Michael was joined by Dr. Joon Yun, Dr. Dawn Gross, Brad Wolfe, Alua Arthur, Sandy Gibson. Here is my podcast LIVE from SF covering the Death FAQ event!

 

In this Live Podcast, I will cover "The Death FAQ Event at Reimagine San Francisco"

 

  • Learn what to say to someone who just had someone they love die.
  • What is a Good Death?
  • What is a Bad Death?
  • Grief- What it is and how long it really lasts
  • How to talk to children about death.
  • The role of rituals at the End of Life
  • New options for disposition after we die
  • How living fully now and in presence can lead to the best ending

Links mentioned in this Podcast:

www.letsreimagine.org

www.deathoverdinner.org

www.goingwithgrace.org

www.betterplaceforests.com