Dancing With Death

This show is two healthcare professionals talking about their expreinces of death and dying both professionally and personally.  Mary Elizabeth Parker,  PT,PhD, NCS, PCS, medical liaison for U.R. Our Hope, has dedicated her life to those with undiagnosed and rare illness. In her work, she has been a witness to the death and dying of children and been a compassionate comfort to their loved ones.  Her courage and committment to these families is truely inspirational.  She will share her experiences and insights about these intimate moments of the dying journey with families.

With all our combined experience with death and dying, nothing prepared either of us for the loss of our mother.  We will also discuss  how our professional work with death and dying was little help at such a personal loss.  We will talk about how it changed us and enhanced our ability to understand how death and dying impacts those left behind.

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Audio Blog#17: Surviving Death

Surviving death is about the days after all the details are done, memorials and estate issues, and the grief begins to take hold.  I am going to talk about what it is like to suddenly find yourself alone with your loss, the emptiness and the sadness.  A conversation as difficult in our society as dying.  How I learned and witnessed my own rawness and vulnerability.  A journey to understand how one survives the death of a loved one.

Audio Blog#16: The Story Continues on Hospice, Assisted Living and Dying

This is the continuing story of my mother’s passing.  In this episode I will talk about what happens after the death, the details like dealing with planning two memorials, social security, finances, wills and final bills.  I don’t think a person is prepared for what has to be dealt with.  I want to provide some insight as to what it is like during this time, staying focused and getting the job done when you are feeling sad and vulnerable.

Audio Blog#15: Reflections on My Mother’s Dying, Hospice and Assisted Living

This episode is about my experience of  my mother’s final days.  How hospice care was critical, how the assisted living staff dealt with the process and the details after death.  It is a time of joy and sadness, grief and celebration.  It will be about the impact of the year of care giving and the road to recovery when all is said and done.  The information, I hope will help others deal with the process of caring for a loved one at the end of life.

Being a Bone Marrow Donor: The Facts, Insights and Why It Matters

Have you ever wondered what it took to be a bone marrow donor?  Sat Nirmal K Khalsa was a donor for her sister who contracted a blood disorder from being a first responder on and after 9/11 at Ground Zero.  Without her bone marrow, her sister would die.  She had no idea what it meant to donate her bone marrow and was surprised at how much simpler and painless it was.  She will be discussing her journey in donating her bone marrow and  what she learned by participating in the process.  Listen in and find out the facts about being a donor.  

Audio Blog#14: The Journey With My Mother Through Hospice and Assisted Living

This episode continues the journey of dealing with my mother’s dying and the facility indifference.  I will be talking about my insights into being a caregiver.  I know many others have had similar experiences, the loneliness one can feel and how family and friend support make the difference.

A Expert’s View on Honoring One’s Wishes at the End of Life

Today’s guest is Howard Block, elder care patient advocate expert.  He is my go to person for any difficult situations with my elder clients.  He has been practicing in this field for over 20 years and his expertise is inspiring.  One of the issues we have been discussing recently is a person’s wishes at the end of life and how to get facilities and family members to respect those wishes.  Howard has many stories, some heartbreaking, about patients and  families journeys to get medical professionals and administrators to respect those wishes.  We will discuss DNRs and how those wishes can be protected and respected.  Howard tells it like it is with humor and honesty.  This is a not to miss episode. 

Audio Blog #12 The Journey Through Assisted Living and Hospice With Mom

The endless drama continues.  I have learned to never let my guard down and expect the unexpected.  I am going to talk about DNR and specialized Physician signed specific orders on what you want at the end of life.  A DNR may not be enough and even then, nobody may read it.