S2E17: Why We Are Here?

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Have you wondered why the Everyone Dies team are working so hard at producing education about terminal illness, death, dying, and bereavement? There are probably times they wonder why themselves, but this is a group of very dedicated people!

This week we are sharing an interview Marianne did with Dr. Diana Mason at WIOX Radio about Everyone Dies. In this interview you will hear about why Everyone Dies was started and Marianne’s nursing career. (See more of Dr. Mason’s info below)

After Dying – By Sam Magill

This is how I want to wake up after dying:
To slowly become aware as light tiptoes into the room,
To have gentle thoughts that coalesce from dreams—
Soft and fragile, then as clear and focused as the morning air—
To know that after all the difficult passages of a former life
I can smile again and look forward to the day,
Knowing who I have always been,
Knowing exactly what I love,
And what those persistent angels
Have always wanted me to do.

Copyright. 2010 Samuel P Magill Sr.


Sam Magill

Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN

Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN

Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN
Senior Policy Service Professor, Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement, George Washington University School of Nursing
Programme Director, International Council of Nurses, Global Nursing Leadership Institute Professor Emerita, Hunter College, City University of New York
Producer and Moderator, HealthCetera in the Catskills, WIOX Radio at wioxradio.org

HealthCetera is a media platform providing evidence-based news, analysis, and commentary by diverse, dynamic, front-line experts discussing the latest real-world effects of health care and health policy. HealthCetera includes a blog, radio programming and a podcast. We believe journalism has an inherent role in promoting a healthy and just society. Senior producers and hosts along with a talented team produce HealthCetera.  http://healthmediapolicy.com/

Recipe of the Week

Kentucky Funeral Cake

 (Adapted from ”Kentucky Cooking” by Charles Patteson with Craig Emerson)

Preparation time: 20 minutes; Cooking time: 1 hour and 20 minutes


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature, plus butter for greasing the pan
  • 2 and 2/3 cups all-purpose flour, plus flour for dusting the pan
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract.

1.Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Butter and flour a 9-inch springform pan.

2.Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

3.In a bowl cream together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs one at a time and beat thoroughly. Fold in the flour mixture alternately with the milk. Stir in vanilla.

4.Pour into prepared pan and bake for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees and bake 60 to 70 minutes longer, until the cake is brown and a cake tester comes out clean. Cool on a rack for 10 minutes, then unmold and continue cooling.

Yield: 1 large cake.

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