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! Listen to find out!
How can we make the end of life meaningful, retaining dignity, honor, respect, and esteem? We discuss a concept called Dignity in Care - practical ideas and tools to support a culture of compassion and respect throughout the health care system - and interview Dr. Harvey Chochinov, who developed a...
What are the "normal stages of grieving" and how long do they last? The five-stage model is outdated and misunderstood. Listen to learn more about what grief is and how we heal.
In this episode we talk about how a daughter responds to her mother's search for assisted death. Her story is an informative one if you or a family member are considering assisted death.
"To be or not to be?" We delve into this difficult question surrounding death with dignity and the considerations with medically-assisted death. Rejoin another fun Drinks with Death session and learn the most unhealthy choices (but possibly the most satisfying?) for holiday foods.
Michael is married to Janet who has Huntington’s disease and dementia; he wasn’t prepared to be Janet’s caregiver, but he has learned a lot in the last 12 years. This week he talks about how relationships, perspectives, and relationships change when your partner has a progressive, terminal disease.
Huntington's disease is a rare, inherited disease that causes the progressive breakdown (degeneration) of nerve cells in the brain; it has no cure. Michael’s wife, Janet receiving hospice support and Michael talks very openly about the challenges of caring for someone with Huntington’s.
Many people think of hospice as a place people go to die. Some think that if you get hospice services a hospice nurse moves in with the dying person and does all their care until they die. Neither of these is true. This week we are talking with Noelle who learned firsthand what was required to...
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) is scarring in the lungs without a known cause. It causes lungs to become stiff and makes it hard to get oxygen to into the blood. We talk about IPF symptoms, its impact, and how people are treated. Charlie also shares interesting stories of people who "worked to...
This is the first of a two-part series discussing the research regarding what people with serious illness want, particularly at the end of their lives. This episode discusses wanting to live without pain and wanting to make decisions about our care.