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So how DO we deal with death?

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22: Strong death opinions, a book-eating dog, and how stories become who we are: Mark's Story This episode, I talk with Mark about losing his wife Christine to a very sudden brain aneurysm. He also shares about how just recently, years after she died, he lost her dog Penny to cancer, bringing up another layer of grief. Our conversation takes us from the unbearable intensive care unit, to a powerful memorial service, through opinions about advanced directives, and the absurd and silly realities of what it means to live through losses.
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22: Strong death opinions, a book-eating dog, and how stories become who we are: Mark's Story This episode, I talk with Mark about losing his wife Christine to a very sudden brain aneurysm. He also shares about how just recently, years after she died, he lost her dog Penny to cancer, bringing up another layer of grief. Our conversation takes us from the unbearable intensive care unit, to a powerful memorial service, through opinions about advanced directives, and the absurd and silly realities of what it means to live through losses.
21. Death in the Everyday: Halloween, Salmon, And An Art Exhibit A new series in the podcast! Death in the Everyday! I'll periodically share a few of my thoughts and details of conversations I have that relate to the topic of death and dying, but that aren't direct conversations with one person about their particular loss. Join me for some cultural critiques, some thought experiments, and some wonderings about death and grief and loss as it shows up in our day to day lives.
This episode, I talk about Halloween and related traditions, I share about a recent visit to the art museum, and I discuss my musings on spawning salmon and what we can learn from them.
Episode 20: Inheriting a life threatening condition, and a life with death in mind: Celeste’s Story Celeste shares her story of losing her dad on New Years Day at the tender age of five years old. Adding even more depth and complexity to her story, she learns she has inherited the same rare blood disorder that killed him, and thus faces her own mortality as she navigates life. These two enormous hurdles in life feel daunting to me, but she approaches the conversation with such ease, and calm, and gentleness.
Episode 19: The business aspects of dying & raising children alongside aging parents:Janette’s Story Janette shares her story of taking care of her elderly parents while simultaneously raising two kids. She really dives into the “work” and details of the dying process: sorting through old belongings, advocating for the medical decisions spelled out in a POLST or advanced directive, navigating the financial and legal elements. She shares openly and honestly about the struggles and exhaustion, while also naming some hard-won beautiful insights about how our families can walk through the process together, about learning what it means to give space to someone as they take their last breaths, and about how anyone we bump into in the world can be suffering with grief.
Episode 18: Long term caregiving, surrender, and holding conflicting feelings at once: Peggy's Story Peggy shares the story of being a caretaker for her dad for five full years before he passes away, and the complex feelings of grief and gratitude and resentment and love that emerge from that process. She shares some beautiful stories of intimate moments, and her deeply thoughtful insights into her relationship with Hank, and her own sense of purpose and meaning.
Episode 17: Loving the work, talking about covid, end of life philosophical meditations:Jeff’s Story This conversation with Jeff is part of a series of conversations with peers from my end of life class in the PSU social work program. We range from thoughts on what death can teach us, how covid is impacting our lives and our communities, and what draws him to his work as a hospice social worker, all with curiosity and enthusiasm.
Episode 16:Becoming a self advocate,the power of voice, and new life paths: Kristin’s Story Kristin talks about navigating multiple simultaneous cancer diagnoses, her process of finding and using her voice as a patient self advocate, and the resulting changes, shifts, and transformations across the arenas of her life.
Episode 14: A life lost before it began and perfectly sized baby booties: Rosie’s Story One of seven interviews with classmates in my End of Life class.
Rosie shares about losing her daughter Norah, who died in utero as a twin. It's a touching conversation about the vital need for compassion in our daily interactions with others, the spiritual journey that is attendant to becoming a mother, what is means to hold life and death in the exact same breath.
Episode 15: Generational intimacy, when mothers become orphans, “No one ever asks.” Gemma’s Story Gemma describes her relationship with her Grandmother Maria, who was a long standing presence in her family and her young life. Gemma speaks with depth and great emotion about the dynamics within her family, and about the feelings she has watching her mother go through that loss.
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