New Orleans has a unique relationship to death: we have a ridiculously high murder rate, we party at funerals, and we end up above ground. Death: the podcast tells the stories of personal experiences of death - fear of it, laughing at it, life-changing brushes with it, dealing with lost loved ones, and our own inevitable and unknown heart-stopping moment. Through confronting death we learn what it is to be alive.
In her book Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life, Dr. Jessica Zitter sheds light on how both patients and their doctors face medical decisions before death is imminent.
For patients and loved ones, speaking up and asking questions about medical procedures can make the difference between feeling scared and feeling empowered.
For physicians, talking directly to a patient about death is a skill as important as any surgical technique. Yet most doctors have no formal training in how to do it.
Join Arian to find out more about one woman's quest to transform the field of palliative medicine, one conversation at a time.