Death: the podcast

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.

The Potential In Suffering

The Potential In Suffering
May 22, 2017

After a life-threatening accident claimed three of his limbs, hospice and palliative care specialist Dr. BJ Miller decided it was time to get busy living. He set a course for deeper connection, both with himself and his fellow humans. From our wallets, to our health, to our loved ones, we all will experience loss. When we tune into our heart and to our senses, we are more likely to benefit from... Read More »

Through Death's Lens

Through Death's Lens
April 17, 2017

Only two things are guaranteed to happen but once in a lifetime: birth and death.    Emmy award-winning cinematographer and occasional churchyard dumpster diver Bob Perrin beautifully captures the latter with indelible images of his region’s most notorious burial grounds.    Now battling prostate cancer while losing his own wife to Alzheimer’s Disease, Bob joins Arian for a poignant discussion on the inherent sadness and beauty of loving what eventually disappears.   Read More »

Natural Inevitability

Natural Inevitability
April 3, 2017

In medical school, Shoshana Ungerleider was primarily focused on curing disease and prolonging life. However, as her medical training progressed, Dr. Ungerleider noticed that a preponderance of incurably ill people were spending the last of their precious days hooked up to life-sustaining machinery, isolated from friends and family,  with little to no information about the available care options. Thus began a mission to change all of that. How can physicians and... Read More »

One by One

One by One
March 20, 2017

By the late 1980s, psychologist Greg Shrader's life as a gay man was in full bloom. Unfortunately, it was also at that time that AIDS began impacting those whom he knew and cared for. While other, heterosexual twenty-somethings were bar-hopping and starting families, Greg and his comrades were writing eulogies and attending funerals. To lose one peer in the prime of life is tragic. To lose fifty is unfathomable. "It was like... Read More »

1.5 Seconds

1.5 Seconds
March 6, 2017

   Paul David had it all: A loving wife, two beautiful daughters, a great job, and a vast network of family and friends. When he hopped on his bike one sunny day in July of 2008, Paul had no idea he would soon be battling his way back from the brink of death.   How did 1.5 seconds change the course of one man’s life?  On the edge of a precipice, what are... Read More »

Extreme Measures

Extreme Measures
February 20, 2017

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.... Read More »

In the Land of Gray

In the Land of Gray
February 8, 2017

Dr. Judith Schwarz is the Clinical Director of End of Life Choices New York. She specializes in talking with the critically or terminally ill about how they wish to live the remainder of their days. Dr. Schwarz has devoted her career to navigating the gray areas that emerge when death is near. What obstacles do physicians and nurses face when they are enlisted by patients to hasten death? What choices... Read More »

It's Never Too Late

It's Never Too Late
January 30, 2017

When Holly Pruett's father died fifteen years ago, she found a unique way to honor his physical and spiritual presence. Now, as a Certified Life Celebrant, Holly helps others craft personalized rituals to witness, celebrate, and mourn their loved ones and life events, sometimes even years after the fact. In our busy, hurried lives, it is important to slow down, take stock, and practice grief. Join Arian and Holly as they discuss the... Read More »

Still Answering The Call After 100 Years

Still Answering The Call After 100 Years
January 16, 2017

When his beloved grandfather suddenly died of a heart attack, Stephen Sontheimer, the young heir apparent to the Tharp-Sontheimer Funeral Home, was excluded from the rituals associated with the end of his grandfather's life. Eager to follow in the footsteps of his forefathers, Stephen was not deterred from learning the family business and familiarizing himself with death. Since 1962, Stephen has continued the family legacy by helping to enhance the traditional... Read More »

The sculptured mind of Beverly Morris

The sculptured mind of Beverly Morris
January 2, 2017

It's one thing to be recognized as an artist, a yoga instructor, and a successful copywriter, but being a brain cancer survivor takes life to a new level. Beverly Morris is a survivor. She has had three surgeries, four years of chemotherapy, and a lifetime dose of radiation. What she takes away from all of this is a great appreciation of life, and the discipline to say "no" a whole... Read More »

It's All Bonus Time Now

It's All Bonus Time Now
December 19, 2016

Twenty-nine-year-old, Jake Densen's life was like that of any other Los Angeles twenty-something: a blossoming career in the television industry, great friends, and a supportive family. All of that was suddenly put to the test when, in March of 2015, an unusual skin rash led to a diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukemia or AML. In just two weeks, Jake's life went from the carefree enjoyment of cheeseburgers and LA beaches to... Read More »

Did They Have a Good Death?

Did They Have a Good Death?
December 5, 2016

Most of us will eventually reach a point where medical intervention is outmatched by advanced age, illness, or both. It is at this point where meaningful conversations between physicians, patients and their families are crucial. Why then do medical schools and residencies offer their trainees little to no formal guidance on how to facilitate end-of-life conversations? What steps should we all consider taking now to make our end-of-life wishes clear to... Read More »

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