Ask A Death Doula
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!

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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

No Food For Thought -The VSED Option

No Food For Thought -The VSED Option

October 28, 2019

 

No Food For Thought -The VSED Option 

(VSED) Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking 

In this episode of Ask a Death Doula we will be talking about VSED

-What it is?

-How It Works

-What is the Role of the Death Doula working with the VSED Patient

 

Resource links mentioned in this episode:

www.doulagivers.com

Compassion and Choices Compassion and Choices

 

Suzanne B. O’Brien RN Talks “How to Solve the Elder Care Crisis”

Suzanne B. O’Brien RN Talks “How to Solve the Elder Care Crisis”

August 15, 2019

Suzanne B. O’Brien RN has worked in End of Life Care for over a decade as an Oncolgy and Hospice RN. Suzanne has been advocating and building training programs to help support the enormous amount of elderly and their families. After working with over 1000 patients at the end of life, Suzanne shares a practical solution to the current Elder Care Crisis. Her solution not only solves the answer to the shortage in medical staffing for this populations but provides an answer that will bring back holistic patient centered care.

 

In This Podcast, I will cover "How to Solve the Elder Care Crisis" In this podcast you will learn:

 

  • How we are presently in the midst of an Elder Care Crisis
  • How for the first time ever in history, we have the longest living elder population
  • How this aging population is set to increase in numbers for decades to come.
  • How our main stream medical system is struggling to meet the demands of the aging population.
  • Why looking for answers within the medical system is not the answer
  • How planning ahead can make your overall end of life better by 80%-90% no matter what the disease process.
  • How specially trained non-medical professionals can “fill the gaps” in our mainstream medical system and bring back patient centered, holistic care.
  • How to taking part in advocating for your own healthcare decisions and choices is a big part of the solution.
  • Links mentioned in this Podcast:

FREE Monthly Doulagivers End of Life Doula Level 1 Trainings: www.doulagivers.com

A Beginner's Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death

by Dr. BJ Miller and Shoshana Berger

https://www.amazon.com/Beginners-Guide-End-Practical-Advice/dp/1501157167

 

“World Training Day” 2012 www.worldtrainingday.org

 

 

To access our Free Level 1 at any time, please use this link:  https://events.genndi.com/register/818182175026320046/bfd70601b1

 

Suzanne B O’Brien RN Talks The Seven Steps to Happiness

Suzanne B O’Brien RN Talks The Seven Steps to Happiness

July 30, 2019
life-1662879_960_720.jpgBased on the principles of The Doulagivers Life Class, In this podcast I share  what it takes to truly live a happy and fulfilled life .I will share the incredible wisdom of those I have worked with at the end of life. I will share how all of what is being taught in this class is rooted and backed by Science. Combining my personal studies in Nursing, Nutrition and Transpersonal Psychology, In this webinar, Suzanne will give you great insight into what life’s journey is all about and how you can use a few simple techniques to live your happiest life today! 
 
In This Life Class Podcast, I will cover "The Seven Steps to Happiness"
 
  • Learning how everything is connected to your energy and what that means for us as people
  • The keys to understanding the four bodies of energy and how they make up the human body
  • How each of the separate body systems effect your overall wellbeing
  • How to support and nourish each body of energy
  • Why optimal healing, health and happiness depends on the balancing of each one of these bodies of energy
  • How learning to own your personal power and live as your authentic self is the secret to true peace and happiness
  • How forgiveness is the key to transformation
  • How to tap into your alignment with your highest energy and find your purpose and passion in life
  • How acts of kindness, compassion and service will connect you to our one great consciousness
Links mentioned in this Podcast:
FB PAGE @DoulagiversLifeClass
 

FREE LIFE CLASS WEBINAR 

Join us for our FREE webinar "Doulagivers Life Class" a webinar of hope, healing, and inspiration. Based on the principles of The Doulagivers Life Class, Suzanne B. O’Brien RN will share what it takes to truly live a happy and fulfilled life. Suzanne will share the incredible wisdom of those she has worked with at the end of life. Suzanne will share how all of what is being taught in this class is rooted and backed by science. Combining her personal studies in Nursing, Nutrition and Transpersonal Psychology, in this webinar, Suzanne will give you great insight into what life’s journey is all about and how you can use a few simple techniques to live your happiest life today! 

REGISTER HERE: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/708055102472596236

 

FREE DOULA TRAINING
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