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Best Life Best Death

Best Life Best Death

By Diane Hullet
Conversations about mortality -- life, death and what matters most.
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#57 Bonnie Compton - Doula, Therapist, Founder of Gentle Heart Journeys - The Death of a Child
Pediatric expert Bonnie Compton and I discuss the death of children. Combining years of experience as an end-of-life doula, child and adolescent therapist, and parent coach, Bonnie brings compassion and practical advice to this difficult subject. Our conversation includes: What can be done to support bereaved parents? How do such deaths affect grandparents/siblings/friends? How can support be asked for and offered? Quite simply, we talk about: How *difficult* this is for all involved, yet how we can be there for each other. www.gentleheartjourneys.com For more information on Best Life Best Death please visit our website at www.bestlifebestdeath.com Follow us on our social channels to receive pertinent and helpful resources on death, grieving, and more at: Facebook: www.facebook.com/bestlifebestdeath Instagram: www.instagram.com/bestlifebestdeath
25:36
September 28, 2022
#56 Marcy Lindberg - Co-Owner of Stardust Memorials - What Can I Do with Cremated Remains?
In episode #56, I talk with Marcy Lindberg, Co-Owner with her husband of Stardust Memorials. Specializing in the online sales of cremation remains and cremation jewelry, Marcy shares so much dynamic and useful information on subjects like: choosing an urn; scattering ashes at land or sea; biodegradable options; selecting memorial jewelry; buying online; and the benefits of preplanning. Listen and you may just find yourself getting more curious about what products and services are available these days! For more information on Best Life Best Death please visit our website at www.bestlifebestdeath.com Follow us on our social channels to receive pertinent and helpful resources on death, grieving, and more at: Facebook: www.facebook.com/bestlifebestdeath Instagram: www.instagram.com/bestlifebestdeath
25:58
September 22, 2022
#55 Gabrielle Jimenez - What Would Gabby Say?
Enjoy this fast-paced conversation with hospice nurse, end-of-life doula, and conscious dying educator Gabrielle Jimenez of The Hospice Heart. Gabby has so much to offer, and we discuss some of the questions in her most recent book, "What Would Gabby Say?" She talks about the power of learning about what to expect around death, the transformation that comes in facing and sharing our grief, and her belief in the possibility of easing suffering for everyone at the end of life. Warmth and candor are the hallmarks of this lovely human.  Find Gabby on Facebook here and check out her website at www.thehospiceheart.net. For more information on Best Life Best Death please visit our website at www.bestlifebestdeath.com Follow us on our social channels to receive pertinent and helpful resources on death, grieving, and more at: Facebook: www.facebook.com/bestlifebestdeath Instagram: www.instagram.com/bestlifebestdeath
30:52
September 15, 2022
#54 Jan Booth - Music at the End of Life
This week’s podcast speaks to the heart about music at the end of life. My guest, Jan Booth, says: “Music can support and bolster people, especially in hard times. It can be inspiring; it can bring people together; it can foster connection; it can change the dynamic in a room, or in a house, or in someone’s internal state. Music can bring a sacred quality to the end of life; it can shift the energy of a moment. Music speaks to the heart and the spirit. It can invoke tears, and it can bring up memories as part of a life review.” There are so many ways that music can touch us and bring us together at the end of life! Listen in to hear Jan’s thoughts on the power of music as medicine and how we can bring this resource to the bedside. For more information on Best Life Best Death please visit our website at www.bestlifebestdeath.com Follow us on our social channels to receive pertinent and helpful resources on death, grieving, and more at: Facebook: www.facebook.com/bestlifebestdeath Instagram: www.instagram.com/bestlifebestdeath
32:08
September 08, 2022
#53 Joy Redstone - The Complexity of Suicide
In this tough but very important episode, therapist Joy Redstone and I discuss several aspects of suicide. We talk about the importance of language when talking about suicide; the importance of speaking up and reducing shame; how suicide can impact suicide survivors - those who are near and dear; and how we can offer support - to those in need and those who have been left behind. My hope is that this episode will expand your understanding and give you practical steps to take when suicide enters your life. For more information on Best Life Best Death please visit our website at www.bestlifebestdeath.com Follow us on our social channels to receive pertinent and helpful resources on death, grieving, and more at: Facebook: www.facebook.com/bestlifebestdeath Instagram: www.instagram.com/bestlifebestdeath
31:13
August 31, 2022
#52 Nicole Comach - Fear of Death
This week I talk with Nicole Comach, End-of-Life Guide, Grief Companion and founder of Emerald Awakenings. We discuss: What do people fear about death? Do these fears fit into categories? How do these vary from person to person and with each situation? What can we do to work with our own fears? How can we support loved ones when they are afraid? Join us to gain new insights into your own fears and come out with ideas on how to move forward.  For more information on Best Life Best Death please visit our website at www.bestlifebestdeath.com Follow us on our social channels to receive pertinent and helpful resources on death, grieving, and more at: Facebook: www.facebook.com/bestlifebestdeath Instagram: www.instagram.com/bestlifebestdeath
23:53
August 24, 2022
#51 Jamie Kramer - Beyond Forests
Jamie Kramer is the founder of Beyond Forests, in the Leelanau area of Michigan. In this two-fold project, Jamie and her colleagues are: 1) seeking land to create a memorial forest, where cremated remains can rest in nature; and 2) developing technology to note the GPS markings of cremains anywhere, with corresponding pages for memorial notes and records of visits. As an article about Beyond Forests notes, they are creating “new options for this new generation of people.” For more information on Best Life Best Death please visit our website at www.bestlifebestdeath.com Follow us on our social channels to receive pertinent and helpful resources on death, grieving, and more at: Facebook: www.facebook.com/bestlifebestdeath Instagram: www.instagram.com/bestlifebestdeath
22:44
August 17, 2022
#50 Diane Hullet - Best 3 Months: What is It?
Best 3 Months is a course developed by the Conscious Dying Institute which is offered by myself and other graduates of CDI who love end-of-life coaching and education. I teach this course over zoom, and people often ask me to describe the class -- so here goes!  The premise of this course is that you have only 3 months to live, so in the very first class we name our up-coming date of death, 90 days from the day we start. From there, the 6-week course covers the following areas of our lives: Physical, Spiritual, Emotional, Practical and Legacy. Each week, I email class members materials for the domain we will explore that week – reflection questions, brief articles, perhaps a TEDtalk or other video. Participants spend time answering the questions in writing for themselves and then join in the 90 minute class on zoom for more about that week’s topic. We explore through additional resources and discussion, and each person creates action steps for that domain that are individualized, concrete and do-able. Bottom line: you learn what you want in these last “best 3 months” and discover what you can do to make it happen. For more information on Best Life Best Death please visit our website at www.bestlifebestdeath.com Follow us on our social channels to receive pertinent and helpful resources on death, grieving, and more at: Facebook: www.facebook.com/bestlifebestdeath Instagram: www.instagram.com/bestlifebestdeath
19:33
August 10, 2022
#49 Johanna Lunn - Feature Film - "Saying Goodbye: Preparing for Death"
“Saying Goodbye: Preparing for Death" is the second film in the When You Die documentary trilogy -- 3 feature-length films about various aspects of the end of life. “Through stories from professionals who have spent their careers at the bedside, 'Saying Goodbye' opens the door to good conversation about what is possible as we pass from this life.” In this podcast episode, I talk with Director Johanna Lunn about this film and how it explore questions that many of us avoid: "What is a good death? Could we possibly heal old emotional wounds as death approaches? Where do we want to die? What quality of life is enough for you? What is a conscious death? Could we do it?”   For more information on Best Life Best Death please visit our website at www.bestlifebestdeath.com Follow us on our social channels to receive pertinent and helpful resources on death, grieving, and more at: Facebook: www.facebook.com/bestlifebestdeath Instagram: www.instagram.com/bestlifebestdeath
22:54
August 04, 2022
#47 Dr Harvey Max Chochinov - The Platinum Rule: A New Standard of Person-Centered Care
Dr Harvey Max Chochinov, Canadian psychiatrist and expert in issues around palliative care, chats with me about misperceptions, unconscious biases, and the effect on patient care. He notes, “These issues of bias aren’t just about palliative care – they are relevant to *anyone* who becomes a patient at some point in their life!”  I found Dr Chochinov’s insights and research intriguing, and you can look him up at dignityincare.ca or read his work here https://liebertpub.com/doi/epdf/10.1089/jpm.2022.0075 For more information on Best Life Best Death please visit our website at www.bestlifebestdeath.com Follow us on our social channels to receive pertinent and helpful resources on death, grieving, and more at: Facebook: www.facebook.com/bestlifebestdeath Instagram: www.instagram.com/bestlifebestdeath
27:45
July 27, 2022
#46 Todd Harra - Last Rites: The Evolution of the American Funeral
A 4th generation Delaware funeral director, Todd Harra is one of the foremost experts on the history (and future) of burial rites in the United States. In his latest book, Last Rites: The Evolution of the American Funeral (coming August 2, 2022), Todd takes readers on a fascinating exploration of American funeral customs — where they came from, what they mean, and how they are still evolving. Listen in as Todd and I discuss the book, plenty of history, and some nitty gritty about what Americans are doing these days at the end of life. For more information on Best Life Best Death please visit our website at www.bestlifebestdeath.com Follow us on our social channels to receive pertinent and helpful resources on death, grieving, and more at: Facebook: www.facebook.com/bestlifebestdeath Instagram: www.instagram.com/bestlifebestdeath
26:21
July 20, 2022
#45 Kate Schneider - Exploring the Altered States of Strokes and Brain Cancer
In this episode I talk with the author and artist who created "Headland," Kate Schneider. Her vision for this graphic novel was to portray an internal experience that none of us can know, in order to generate compassion for those with brain differences. How poignant that her own subsequent diagnosis and treatment for a brain tumor further opened her mind to the wonder of changes in the brain. She says, “There’s beauty and there’s terror and there’s all in between!”  For more information on Best Life Best Death please visit our website at www.bestlifebestdeath.com Follow us on our social channels to receive pertinent and helpful resources on death, grieving, and more at: Facebook: www.facebook.com/bestlifebestdeath Instagram: www.instagram.com/bestlifebestdeath
18:29
July 14, 2022
#44 Day Schildkret - How Rituals Can Help Us to Change When Life Changes
In this episode, I talk with Day Schildkret about his life, work, books and art. As Day says, “We need mechanisms in our daily, monthly, annual lives – and our personal and collective lives – that help us remember who and where we are. Life is crazy, and we can lose ourselves. Rituals help us to remember.” You may come away inspired to mark a change, take new notice of what you already do, or create something special for an occasion.   For more about Day visit morningaltars.com and dayschildkret.com. For more information on Best Life Best Death please visit our website at www.bestlifebestdeath.com Follow us on our social channels to receive pertinent and helpful resources on death, grieving, and more at: Facebook: www.facebook.com/bestlifebestdeath Instagram: www.instagram.com/bestlifebestdeath
29:46
July 06, 2022
#43 Amy Bloom - Accompanied Suicide - "I am Not Here for the Long Goodbye"
On this episode, I interview author Amy Bloom, whose husband Brian Ameche was told by doctors that he had Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive, neurodegenerative disease characterized by memory loss. Amy said in our interview: “After a weekend of processing and crying together, Brian said, ‘I’m not here for the long goodbye. You know how I am. I’d rather die on my feet than live on my knees. And we're going to have to find a way for me to end my life while I still have the capacity to consent to ending my life.’ That was the beginning of the journey and the beginning of the book.”  Amy's New York Times best-selling book about their experience is called "In Love: A Memoir of Love and Loss." It is a gorgeous, stunning read, and this is a not-to-be-missed conversation. For more information on Best Life Best Death please visit our website at www.bestlifebestdeath.com Follow us on our social channels to receive pertinent and helpful resources on death, grieving, and more at: Facebook: www.facebook.com/bestlifebestdeath Instagram: www.instagram.com/bestlifebestdeath
27:46
June 30, 2022
#42 George Frankel - What Are Eternal Reefs?
Join me as I chat with George Frankel, CEO of Eternal Reefs, and find out how this organization combines the cremated remains of loved ones with an environmentally safe cement mixture to create artificial reef formations. These permanent memorials are placed on the ocean floor to create new marine habitats for fish and other forms of sea life. I think I know some ocean-lovers who might love this idea for a final resting place! For more information on Best Life Best Death please visit our website at www.bestlifebestdeath.com Follow us on our social channels to receive pertinent and helpful resources on death, grieving, and more at: Facebook: www.facebook.com/bestlifebestdeath Instagram: www.instagram.com/bestlifebestdeath
28:29
June 22, 2022
#41 Jessica Wertz - Sacred Vessels: Creating Personalized Ceremonies Around Loss and Death
Jessica Wertz - ceramic artist + author of the Spirit Vessel Ceremony Guide Book - and I talk about road trips, small towns, ceremony, grief, and sacred time. The name of her work, Spirit Vessel, has three layers: the body as a vessel for the spirit; the vessel of each ceramic urn she makes that holds cremated remains; and the vessel of ceremony - capable of holding and transforming individuals and communities in their grief. Jessica says: “The idea of ceremony seems revolutionary now, but it’s actually the oldest idea – all of our ancestors came from societies that practiced ceremonies.” For more information on Best Life Best Death please visit our website at www.bestlifebestdeath.com Follow us on our social channels to receive pertinent and helpful resources on death, grieving, and more at: Facebook: www.facebook.com/bestlifebestdeath Instagram: www.instagram.com/bestlifebestdeath
21:46
June 16, 2022
#40 - Mary Anne Oglesby-Sutherly - Dementia Part II, We Can't Handle This in Isolation, So What Do We Do?
Mary Anne Oglesby-Sutherly is the founder and executive director of a day care program for people with dementia. We discuss a variety of things, including: how to cope with receiving a dementia diagnosis, why it matters what kind of dementia it is, how to find resources such as caregivers or respite programs, when to seek palliative care or hospice, and more. For more information on Best Life Best Death please visit our website at www.bestlifebestdeath.com Follow us on our social channels to receive pertinent and helpful resources on death, grieving, and more at: Facebook: www.facebook.com/bestlifebestdeath Instagram: www.instagram.com/bestlifebestdeath
21:15
June 08, 2022
#39 Mary Anne Oglesby-Sutherly - Dementia Part I, Finding Joy and Compassion on the Journey
Mary Anne Oglesby-Sutherly talks about dementia -- the challenges of getting a diagnosis, the challenges of medication, and the challenges of day-to-day living with this impactful condition. Her respite care organization in Gallatin TN, The Veranda, offers a place for adults living with dementia to come for the day.  For more information on Best Life Best Death please visit our website at www.bestlifebestdeath.com Follow us on our social channels to receive pertinent and helpful resources on death, grieving, and more at: Facebook: www.facebook.com/bestlifebestdeath Instagram: www.instagram.com/bestlifebestdeath
23:30
June 02, 2022
#38 Hannah Fowler - Conscious Dying Feature Film: The Last Ecstatic Days
Hannah Fowler and I talk about how she became involved in the making of the movie “The Last Ecstatic Days,” and what she has taken away from this profound project. Hannah is the Impact Producer for the film, an end-of-life doula and educator, a hospice RN, and faculty at the Conscious Dying Institute.  Learn more about why Ethan chose to film himself at the end of his life, how he found community through social media and in his community, and what you can take with you from one man's approach to his own death. Watch the trailer at https://www.thelastecstaticdaysmovie.com For more information on Best Life Best Death please visit our website at www.bestlifebestdeath.com Follow us on our social channels to receive pertinent and helpful resources on death, grieving, and more at: Facebook: www.facebook.com/bestlifebestdeath Instagram: www.instagram.com/bestlifebestdeath
20:16
May 25, 2022
#37 Kilie Crowley - What Is Cremation?
Join Kiley Crowley from Solace Cremation as she and I discuss cremation. How does it work and where does it happen? What does it cost? Why might someone choose cremation? And what are some of the new ways that even this "tried and true" method of body disposition are changing in the current landscape of the U.S., with dispersed families and rising costs?   For more information on Best Life Best Death please visit our website at www.bestlifebestdeath.com Follow us on our social channels to receive pertinent and helpful resources on death, grieving, and more at: Facebook: www.facebook.com/bestlifebestdeath Instagram: www.instagram.com/bestlifebestdeath
16:18
May 18, 2022
#36 Dr. Sara Zeff Geber - Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers - and Anyone!
Dr. Geber's book, Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers: A Retirement and Aging Roadmap for Single and Childless Adults lays out 6 essential elements for aging safely and happily. Based on research across several areas, such as economics and psychology, these 6 elements are truly what matter most. Join us to hear Dr. Geber's thoughts on how to plan and cultivate well-thought out strategies for living well. As she says, “How do you take charge of your own script as you age?” For more information on Best Life Best Death please visit our website at www.bestlifebestdeath.com Follow us on our social channels to receive pertinent and helpful resources on death, grieving, and more at: Facebook: www.facebook.com/bestlifebestdeath Instagram: www.instagram.com/bestlifebestdeath
24:32
May 11, 2022
#36 Rachel Brougham - Widowland: I'm Fine, Except I'm Not Fine
“I’m fine. That’s what grievers often say when people ask how they are doing. Except they’re not fine.” When Rachel Brougham was a young wife, her dynamic, beloved husband was killed in a bike accident in the city of Minneapolis while she was home making tacos for dinner. Her book, Widowland, is part memoir, part grief journal, part advice manual for all of us to better understand the path of grieving and how to support ourselves and others along its rocky contours. Whether coming from an expected death or a sudden surprise, grief is a new land – a region Rachel calls widowland – and we can learn how to be in that space and how to offer stronger support to those who dwell there. For more information on Best Life Best Death please visit our website at www.bestlifebestdeath.com Follow us on our social channels to receive pertinent and helpful resources on death, grieving, and more at: Facebook: www.facebook.com/bestlifebestdeath Instagram: www.instagram.com/bestlifebestdeath
19:44
May 04, 2022
#35 Shannon Lee Dawdy - American Afterlives - What Are Our Ceremonies, Practices and Beliefs?
Anthropologist Shannon Lee Dawdy set out to interview 100s of people in the U.S. over 5 years, in order to better understand American death practices. What she found is a phenomenon that is rapidly changing! Our podcast conversation and her book, "American Afterlives: Reinventing Death in the 21st Century," both offer glimpses into how we care for our dead -- our ceremonies, practices and beliefs. 
23:42
April 28, 2022
#34 Emily Nelson - What Is Aquamation?
Continuing my exploration of body disposition options, on this podcast I talk with Emily Nelson of Be a Tree Cremation to get the details on "aquamation" or "water cremation." This is not a new process per se, but it is somewhat new in its use with people. In this process, which is becoming more and more available, the body’s tissues are broken down using water, heat, and alkaline chemicals. Listen in to hear more!
24:07
April 20, 2022
#33 Kate Hoepke - What Is the Village Movement California?
What is the so-called “Village Movement," in California and nation-wide? A way for people to help people, intentionally create community, and keep elders living well in their own homes! My favorite quote from this conversation with Kate Hoepke: “Young people step up to help their older neighbors for a lot of reasons – and deeply rooted is a need that younger people have for elders in their lives.”
27:42
April 13, 2022
#32 Jackie Schuld - Grief Is a Mess
Artist and art therapist Jackie Schuld and I discuss what prompted her to write “Grief is a Mess” and how creating these drawings and texts was helpful in a time of loss. Her charming animal characters find themselves in situations in which grief can surprise and overwhelm, or in which friends can be supportive or step on toes. Jackie’s genuine style and her creative joy make for a wonderful conversation!
21:27
April 06, 2022
#31 Dr Chris Kerr - Part II - What Can We Learn from One of the First Hospices in the US?
In Part II of this conversation with Dr Christopher Kerr, he and I get into some nitty-gritty about what it would take to have more of us choose hospice sooner – thereby improving patient satisfaction, extending lives, lowering costs, and for sure increasing the quality of our final days. What gets in the way of doing what would make such a difference?
22:49
March 30, 2022
#30 Dr Chris Kerr - Part I - More Real than Real: Dreams, Visions and Healing Experiences at the End of Life
Dr. Christopher Kerr – of Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo – studies and works daily with people who are at the end of their lives. After realizing that many of his patients had extraordinary experiences as death approached, he decided to design studies that would tabulate these experiences in a meaningful way. Dr. Kerr sees that these visions and healing experiences are “enormous gifts” to the dying and also to those left behind. They impact the bereaved because “how people leave us matters” – how we grieve is impacted by how we experienced the death. Listen in as Dr. Kerr and I discuss all of this and so much more in Part I of our conversation! 
23:17
March 23, 2022
# 29 Brie Smith - Human Composting?!
Brie Smith - funeral director at Return Home - and I discuss Natural Organic Reduction aka “Terramation.” Get a look behind the sensational headlines of “human composting” and find out more about how this got started, first in WA state and then in CO and OR. How did it begin? What’s the process, science, and end result? How do families participate and what inspires people to choose this form of body disposition?
20:19
March 16, 2022
#28 Barbara Karnes - Part II - Sticky Questions for a Hospice Pioneer
In Part II of our conversation, Barbara Karnes, RN and I move into talking about some harder questions that come up in the end-of-life arena, including: When someone is reluctant to have a conversation about the end of life, how might we approach the topic? Is calling in hospice a “defeat” in some way? How has hospice changed and evolved in the years since it first began in the U.S.? How do “doulas” fit into the picture? And in not talking about death directly – or perhaps in not experiencing it as directly as the generations before us – what have we lost? What do we have to gain?
30:00
March 10, 2022
#27 Barbara Karnes - Part I - Knowledge about Death Reduces Fear
Barbara Karnes, RN – hospice pioneer in the US and end-of-life educator extraordinaire – joins me to discuss her background, share her experience, and offer a few pearls of wisdom that we can put into practice today. How can we better understand the process of gradual death, and how can we benefit from “the gift of time” that is a gradual death? How can “gentle education” help our fear go down, so that we can be present for our loved ones?
29:18
March 02, 2022
#26 Preston Zeller - 365 Paintings, a Documentary Film, and a Brother's Grief
After the sudden death of his brother, Preston Zeller decided to dive into his grief and his creativity by painting every day for a year. He made a gorgeous, moving, colorful film about the project, called “The Art of Grieving.” Preston and I talk about grief, loss, dignity, joy, family, art history, and the struggles of mourning.
23:24
February 24, 2022
#25 Maria Fraietta - Next of Kin Box: Organizing for Your Next of Kin
Join me and Maria Fraietta to hear more about how the Nokbox - or Next of Kin box - could save you a lot of time and effort. These 14 folders and corresponding instructions are designed to make critical papers and items easy to find, file, and know what to do with when the time comes to manage the paperwork that surrounds a death. Get organized early in your life and/or use it as a map to find everything when someone has died.
22:37
February 16, 2022
#24 Jamie Sarche - Why Plan a Funeral in Advance?
Jamie Sarche, Director of Pre-Planning at Feldman Mortuary, a family-owned funeral business in Denver, CO discusses the advantages of planning a funeral in advance. Get ready to hear why grief rituals matter and to ask yourself, "Do I really want to google funeral homes on the day that I need to find one??" 
19:05
February 10, 2022
#23 Emily Miller - A Natural Burial Preserve in Colorado
Learn about green burial and how licensed funeral director Emily Miller has turned 80 acres of high, pristine prairie lands into a fully natural burial site. What is the Colorado Burial Preserve, and how does it work?
17:04
February 03, 2022
#22 cianna stewart - How to Make Your Death Kinder to Those You Love
cianna stewart is the creator of the Dying Kindness podcast, "a podcast for people who are going to die someday." Her wry sense of humor and practical advice go right to the heart of the work of Best Life Best Death! How did we meet? What does it mean to 'make your death kinder'? And what wisdom does her life experience have to offer?
20:01
January 26, 2022
#21 Gene Zimmerman - How Poetry Became Healing Work
As his wife slowly succumbed to a drawn-out illness, businessman, spouse and father Gene Zimmerman found himself writing poetry as a way to make sense of each difficult day during her decline and after her death. We discuss the challenges of this impossible situation, how he found inspiration through writing, and what his experience has to teach others about grief, loss and love. Attached is a review of "Searching For Clarity." https://www.forewordreviews.com/reviews/searching-for-clarity/
18:38
January 20, 2022
#20 Diane Hullet - Swedish Death Cleaning
Clutter! Help! What is so-called "Swedish Death Cleaning” and how can these principles help us take charge of the clutter in our homes? Join me for some de-cluttering inspiration based on books, articles and personal experience.
11:59
January 13, 2022
#19 Johanna Lunn - We Begin at the End
Johanna J Lunn When You Die, director/producer, and I discuss the film "In the Realm of Death and Dreaming" + her next three documentary films about the end of life. What’s to be learned from these four movies and the extraordinary experiences discussed here by scientists, medical practitioners and lay people? As caregivers, how do we "gently be" with the altered experiences of those who are dying?
23:30
January 04, 2022
#18 Gary Roe - Grief: It's Everywhere
Author, speaker and grief specialist Gary Roe and I discuss the topic “Grief: It's Everywhere!" From humanity living with the COVID pandemic to personal losses of all magnitudes, grief is everywhere. It matters what you go through -- and it matters what you do with it. Gary talks about the "ABCs" of loss and how to make connections despite this toughest of human experiences.
18:26
December 30, 2021
#17 Lori LoCicero - What Is the Game "The Death Deck"?
Co-creator of The Death Deck, Lori LoCicerco describes how she and Lisa Pahl decided to bring conversations about death to the fore by making a game that helps anyone talk about “the most universal yet rarely talked about topic of all.” 
17:17
December 23, 2021
#16 David Wilcox - Songs that Can Start Conversations
David Wilcox and I talk about "cardio spelunking" and how creating songs is way to move emotions. Includes an unrecorded song about his father's death.
13:51
December 15, 2021
#15 Thatcher Wine - Reclaiming Our Attention Through Monotasking
Monotasking expert and founder of Juniper Books, Thatcher Wine and I discuss the concepts in his book "The Twelve Monotasks: Do One Thing at a Time to Do Everything Better." Drive when you drive!
17:01
December 07, 2021
#14 Hospice Nurse Julie - What Makes a Peaceful Death?
Hospice nurse and growing public figure (450K TikTok followers, 30K+ on Instagram) Julie McFadden and I discuss the topic, “What Makes a Peaceful Death?” This impassioned nurse uses social media as a way to reach people with simple tips to better understand the end of life, make sense of what is happening to a loved one, and be better prepared for the inevitable.
18:20
December 01, 2021
#13 Ann Whitehill - One Story of Ancestry.com
What are some of the ways that we can capture family history and stories? Ann Whitehill and I discuss her experience using ancestry.com, and talk about other services that guide individuals and families on how to create something new from memories and photos.
19:07
November 25, 2021
#12 Jennifer Caroll - What Does It Mean to Write Your Own Story?
Jennifer Caroll - author, journalist, biographer, and artist - chats with me about tributes, memoirs and even obituaries. How do people get started? Why bother to tell about my "ordinary" life? What does it mean to write your own story?
16:07
November 18, 2021
#11 David Wilcox - You Will Always Have What You Gave to Love
Singer songwriter David Wilcox joins me with two unique songs and some ruminations on gratitude, death and love.
21:06
November 11, 2021
#10 Johanna Lunn - The When You Die Project and How a Movie Became a Much Bigger Project!
Johanna Lunn - director, producer, exquisite human! - talks about the When You Die Project and how the documentary film "In the Realm of Death and Dreaming" came to be. How hard could it be?!
16:10
November 09, 2021
#9 Minoti Rajput - How Can Parents of Special Needs Children Plan for Long Term Care?
Minoti Rajput - wealth advisor, author, & financial advocate for women of all ages and means - discusses how parents of special needs children can think about planning for long term care. Her book is Beyond a Parent's Love: Lessons Learned in Life-Planning for Special Needs Children.
33:40
November 04, 2021
#8 Lynn Golden - At Death's Door: A Doula Discusses Bedside Vigils
Guest Lynn Golden, an end-of-life doula and educator, discusses hospice and doula support at the end of life. Through powerful stories, she shares the benefits of having this kind of guidance for both the dying and the living.
20:41
October 27, 2021
#7 Diane Hullet - What is Seagull Syndrome & What are Kvetching Circles?
Family communication in crisis can resemble an aviary, with squawking visitors and pecking orders. Learn about seagull syndrome and the ring theory of kvetching, in which we complain/vent in a specific direction, so as not to overwhelm those most in need.
12:14
October 22, 2021
#6 Diane Hullet asks "Who is Barbara Karnes?" - Learn about This Prolific Author and End-of-Life Educator
Barbara Karnes, hospice pioneer and author of "Gone from My Sight," inspires me to explore palliative care, hospice and end-of-life doulas. And thanks to Russ for the new guitar segments!
09:29
October 14, 2021
#5 Zak Foster - Talking to Fabric - a Conversation with a Quilter and Creative Community Builder
Zak Foster - visual artist, teacher, and creative community builder - shares his thoughts on memorial, burial and funeral quilts + sewing as a metaphor.
24:28
October 06, 2021
#4 Diane Hullet talks about Atul Gawande and "Being Mortal" - If Only Conversations Could be FDA Approved, They Would Be!
I read an excerpt from Being Mortal, in which a town improves the lives and deaths of residents by having conversations. Author Atul Gawande says, if the FDA could approve conversations they would be -- that's how big of a difference they can make!
06:31
September 15, 2021
#3 Diane Hullet asks "Why think about this stuff?" - and references "The Art of Dying Well" by Katy Butler
Katy's Butler's book "The Art of Dying Well" offers one sentence that may answer the question: Why think about all this aging and mortality stuff?
06:07
September 08, 2021
#2 Adam Kimberly - Amazing Grace: a Hospice Story
My friend Adam Kimberly shares his powerful experience around his father's death - what it means to say everything you need to say, and how chance encounters can change everything.
10:39
September 01, 2021
#1 Intro to Best Life Best Death
Welcome to Best Life Best Death's new podcast! 
01:02
July 15, 2021