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                                   Opening The Heart Of Western Medicine

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The End-of-Life University Interview Series is now a weekly Podcast!

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Read about previous guests from EOLU below:

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Bringing the Classroom to Death's Door with Charles Mentken and students

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on February 15, 2018 at 4:00 PM


Learn how this innovative elective class introduced death and dying to a group of high school students.



Thursday February 22, 2018

10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern


Dial-in Number: (425) 440-5010

Code: 882570#

Link to listen online: http://www.iTeleseminar.com/104232018


One of the most difficult issues we face in changing the way we care for the dying in our society is the general lack of education about death and dying. What if every high school student could take a class to help them understand death--how might that change everything? My guests today are 3 students who took just such a class, an elective course called "Death and the Meaning of LIfe," and the teacher who facilitated that learning experience, Charles Mentken. Lauren McShane, Sarah McGee, and Ardara Chinook will tell us about the class, what it was like to talk about death every day, and how it has already changed their lives.



In this interview you will learn:


  • Why and how this class was created
  • The structure of the curriculum for the class
  • What inspired each student to take the class
  • How the class changed the students' feelings about death and dying
  • Tips for creating a similar class in other schools
  • Lessons learned from this inaugural experience teaching high school students about death

Charles Mentken is the Director of Northpoint Expeditionary Learning Academy, a 9-12 charter high school in Prescott AZ. Northpoint is a project based high school that engages students in authentic, relevant, learning. They do this through semester long learning expeditions where they study contemporary social issues. Charles is one of the founding teachers of Northpoint, which began twelve years ago and he has 14 years of teaching experience in the high school classroom.


NOTE: End-of-Life University was honored to be a sponsor for the "Death and the Meaning of Life" elective as part of our 2018 initiative to promote Death Education for Everyone!


Facing Mortality With WeCroak App with Hansa Bergwall

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on February 1, 2018 at 4:00 PM


Learn how a new smartphone app can help you get comfortable thinking about death.



Thursday February 8, 2018

10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern


Dial-in Number: (425) 440-5010

Code: 882570#

Link to listen online: http://www.iTeleseminar.com/104231892


What would happen if you were to think about death 5 times a day like spirtiual practitioners in the country of Bhutan, which has been named "the happiest country on Earth"? My guest Hansa Bergwall who has worked in public relations, communications and journalism for the past 10 years, asked that same question and started his own death-contemplation practice, after having experienced the death of his mother when he was at a young age. He will tell us the story of how this led him to create a new smartphone app to help with death awareness and acceptance.



In this interview you will learn:


  • How Hansa became interested in the contemplation of death
  • What inspired him to create WeCroak
  • How the app works
  • Why it is important to be reminded of our mortality
  • Feedback from users of WeCroak
  • How to get the app for your phone


Hansa Bergwall has over 10 years of experience in public relations, communication and journalism and has a passion for storytelling and earned marketing. He is the founder and principal of MIRA Public Relations, a full-service PR agency with experties in media relations, planning for growth, product launches, strategic partnerships, media training, content driven campaigns and more. Hansa also co-authored the poetry chapbook The Thames & Hudson Project and is the creator of the smartphone app WeCroak.


Website: WeCroak.com

Lessons from a Hospice Volunteer with Katherine Arnup PhD

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on January 18, 2018 at 4:00 PM


In this interview hospice volunteer and life coach Katherine Arnup shares wisdom from her years of working in hospice and discusses her recent book about caring for our parents.



Thursday January 25, 2018

10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern


Dial-in Number: (425) 440-5010

Code: 882570#

Link to listen online: http://www.iTeleseminar.com/104231766


My guest Katherine Arnup has been a hospice volunteer for over 16 years and will share with us the life-wisdom she has learned through being of service to the dying. She will discuss how her volunteer experience helped her when she eventually became a family caregiver herself and when writing her latest book: I don't have time for this! A Compassionate Guide to Caring for Your Parents and Yourself.



This interview will cover:


  • How Katherine was inspired to become a hospice volunteer
  • The role of a hospice volunteer
  • Katherine's most rewarding experiences as a volunteer
  • Advice for those considering becoming a hospice volunteer
  • Why Katherine wrote the book I don't have time for this!


Speaker Bio:


Katherine Arnup is a writer, speaker, life coach, and retired university professor. In 2001, she became a residential hospice volunteer, a commitment she has continued to this day. Through her practice as a life coach, she provides compassionate, deeply intuitive support for people dealing with major transitions and for families and individuals dealing with aging, illness, and death. Her latest book, “I don’t have time for this!” A Compassionate Guide to Caring for Your Parents and Yourself, tackles the final taboo – death itself.


Blog: http://hospicevolunteering.wordpress.com

Website: http://katherinearnup.com

Email: [email protected] 

Music for Transitioning Souls with Heidi Connolly

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on January 4, 2018 at 4:00 PM

Learn how Heidi Connolly has been composing intuitive, healing music for others since her husband died and began communicating from "the other side."



Thursday January 11, 2017

10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern


Dial-in Number: (425) 440-5010

Code: 882570#

Link for listening online: http://www.iTeleseminar.com/104138085


My guest Heidi Connolly will share with us how she began receiving communications from her husband Randy after he died, which led initially to a book of poetry that she co-wrote with Randy's inspiration, Crossing the Rubicon. Eventually she was nudged toward a new career composing "inspirationally guided flute music" to help others heal and in this conversation she'll discuss this new phase of her work.



This interview will cover:

  • How Heidi's life changed dramatically after Randy's death
  • What Randy means by the term "vacationing angels"
  • How Heidi provides "intuitive coaching"
  • Heidi's new awareness of the "afterlife" 
  • How Heidi composes music that is specifically for the needs of the recipient, including for transitioning souls
  • Live clip of a song composed intuitively for Dr. Wyatt

Speaker Bio:

When her husband Randy transitioned in 2012, Heidi Connolly’s life took a dramatic turn. On the surface, there were all the usual challenges—how to live without a beloved spouse, how to go about daily life when suddenly you are one, not a partnership of two, and so on—but it is the deep-seated truth that emerged that was the most revelatory. For over 20 years, as owner of Harvard Girl Word Services (a writing, editing, book design, and self-publishing firm), Heidi focused on the work of others. She’d been told she channeled the messages of her authors, but assumed that was little more than an acknowledgment of her expertise. Now, she understands just how valid that descriptor was.

In her award-winning book Crossing the Rubicon, written with Randy after his passing, Randy informs Heidi that the grieving process can act like a filter that blocks out spiritual messages asking to be heard. It was upon learning this truth that she realized she was capable of much more than she’d ever given herself credit, including her ability to communicate with those on the Other Side. About a year after Crossing the Rubicon was published, Randy encouraged Heidi to purchase and start playing the flute again after a 25-year hiatus from her classical music career. Shocked but willing, Heidi soon began channeling what Randy calls “inspirationally guided flute music.” Currently, her multidimensional compass is set to a practice of intuitive coaching, music, and living life as a “Vacationing Angel.”


Healthcare Advocacy for Seniors with Lynda Hollander

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on November 29, 2017 at 8:05 PM


Learn how healthcare advocates help clients and their families navigate the complexities of the medical and longterm care systems.




Thursday December 28, 2017

10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern

Dial-in Number: (425) 440-5010

Code: 882570#

Link for online listening: http://www.iTeleseminar.com/103458504


My guest Lynda Hollander helps patients and their families understand the healthcare system when they are in times of  greatest need. She guides them through the decision-making process, explores options for care and housing, and helps them negotiate with care providers to receive the best care possible. She'll share here insights and stories about advocating for the ill and elderly.



In this interview you will learn:

  • What a healthcare advocate does
  • Why this type of advocacy is important and needed right now
  • Who benefits from healthcare advocacy
  • How patients and family members can find a healthcare advocate
  • How to become a healthcare advocate to help others navigate the medical system

Lynda Hollander has an extensive background as a licensed nursing home administrator and healthcare advocate. With over 30 years in the health care field, her experiences include running numerous skilled nursing facilities, working with local hospice organizations and hospitals in the New Jersey area. Lynda’s lifelong vision has been to assist those with difficult health care situations. This led her to become a Certified Healthcare Navigator through the University of Miami’s healthcare advocacy program and to obtain her master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Cincinnati.


As a member of the National Association of Healthcare Advocacy Consultants and a Nursing Home Administrator, currently licensed in New Jersey, Lynda now focuses on providing medical guidance to clients who need to navigate the complex healthcare system.



Living With Dying: A Complete Guide for Caregivers with Jahnna Beecham and Katie Ortlip RN

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on November 29, 2017 at 7:40 PM


Learn about this practical guidebook that contains all the information family caregivers need when caring for a loved one at home.



Thursday December 14, 2017

10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern


My guests Jahnna Beecham and Katie Ortlip RN, LCSW are friends and neighbors who ended up working together when Jahnna became a caregiver for her father and Katie became their hospice social worker. The two women were inspired by this experience to create a comprehensive guidebook for caregivers that would be a resource and provide answers for their most common questions.


     


In this interview you will learn:

  • How Jahnna and Katie were inspired to write a book together and the benefits of their collaboration
  • What led Katie to a career in hospice
  • What it was like for Jahnna to become a caregiver for her father
  • Tips for caregivers for reducing stress
  • Practical information contained in the book
  • Who can benefit most from this book



Jahnna Beecham recently edited National Geographic’s Science Encyclopedia (2016) and was a contributing editor for National Geographic’s The Ultimate Explorer Field Guide: Birds (2015). Under the pen name Jahnna N. Malcolm she has written more than 130 books for juveniles and young adults for Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins and more.


Katie Ortlip, RN, LCSW, is co-author of Spiritual Tools for the Dying. She received her nursing degree from Santa Barbara City College and a BS in Psychology and Masters of Social Work at SUNY-Albany. She has been a social worker for Asante Hospice for twenty-five years.


The Dinner Party: Life After Loss with Carla Fernandez and Lennon Flowers

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on November 26, 2017 at 5:20 PM


Learn how this grassroots organization provides a supportive place for 20- 30-somethings to deal with grief.



Thursday November 30, 2017

10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern


My guests Carla Fernandez and Lennon Flowers are the co-founders of The Dinner Party, a movement to create community and meaningful conversation around the isolating experience of grief for those in their 20's and 30's. Younger adults often feel out of place in traditional grief support groups and Carla and Lennon will share how their own personal losses led them to start The Dinner Party, which has now grown across the U.S. and beyond.


In this interview you will learn:


  • The inspiration behind The Dinner Party
  • Why The Dinner Party reaches out to millennials
  • How participants benefit from attending
  • How to become a host for a Dinner Party
  • How Carla and Lennon are working to create supportive workplaces for the bereaved
  • What resources are available on The Dinner Party website for grief in the workplace and grief at holiday times





Carla Fernandez, co-founder of The Dinner Party, is the Community Lead of enso, a creative agency working with brands like Google, Khan Academy, and Omidyar Network on branding and community activation campaigns.

Lennon Flowers, co-founer and Executive Director of The Dinner Party, has served as the Community Director of Ashoka's Start Empathy Initiative, and has written for CNN, Forbes, Open Democracy, EdWeek, YES! Magazine, and GOOD, among others. She is an Ashoka Fellow and an Aspen Ideas Scholar, and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill.

No One Dies Alone with Anne Gordon

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on August 30, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Learn about this compassionate volunteer organization that was started to make sure that patients dying in healthcare facilities have access to companionship at the end of life.



Thursday October 26, 2017

10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern


My guest Anne Gordon is the coordinator for No One Dies Alone, a volunteer vigil program for dying patients that began at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene OR. She will share with us some of the beautiful stories of comfort provided by this program over the past 16 years of its existence.



In this interview you will learn:


  • How No One Dies Alone (NODA) got started
  • How Anne was inspired to work with this program
  • What takes place during a NODA vigil
  • Which patients qualify to recieve a vigil
  • How NODA has grown over the past 16 years
  • How hospitals can start their own NODA program


Anne Gordon lives in Eugene, Oregon. She is the Program Coordinator for No One Dies Alone, a vigil program for dying patients which began at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene in 2001 and now numbers more than 500 programs in North America and abroad. Anne provides guidance and direction for facilities and individuals wishing to start their own NODA programs. She is also a labyrinth facilitator and a bookkeeper at a commercial real estate company. Anne is an accomplished gardener and cook. She once bought a 1972 Chevy pickup with pie – paying the seller of the truck a pie a month for 24 months. Anne is the author of the novel Numina ~ Power, Spirit, Place. She is currently writing a fable.


Learn more about No One Dies Alone here.

Comawork: Exploring Altered States with Dr. Ingrid Rose

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on August 23, 2017 at 5:15 PM

Learn how Dr. Rose teaches hospice workers to connect with patients in coma or other altered states of consciousness.



Thursday October 12, 2017

10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern


My guest, Dr. Ingrid Rose will share with us her years of experience exploring "far-out states of consciousness" in patients, such as coma, delirium, and dementia. Her teachings include tools and techniques for connecting with and interpreting signals from patients in those states. She is also the author of the book Doorways Into Dying: Innovative Teachings for End of Life, which describes how to connect with the dying to support them on their journey.


     


In this interview you will learn:

  • How Dr. Rose became interested in working with patients who are near death
  • The meaning of her term "comawork"
  • Signals from comatose patients she uses to help establishe communication
  • How others can learn this system of communication
  • How comawork has been beneficial to dying or comatose patients and their families



Dr. Ingrid Rose has a doctorate in clinical psychology and has lived and worked professionally on three continents: S. Africa, Australia, and the U.S. Her work spans a broad spectrum form play therapy with children; to individual, couples and family therapy; to the field of coma, death and dying.

She has explored the far-out states of consciousness that are experienced by patients in coma, with demetia or near death. She provides training to doctors, nurses and volunteers working in hospice in communication and signal awareness with those patients who are in altered states of consciousness. 

Dr. Rose has a private therapy practice and is a faculty member at the Process Work Institute in Portland, Oregon. She co-authored the book Doorways Into Dying: Innovative Teachings for End of Life with Kay Ryan.

New Rules for End-of-Life Care with Barbara Karnes RN

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on August 19, 2017 at 7:50 PM

Learn from an award-winning hospice nurse and end-of-life educator who writes about the normal and natural process of dying.



Thursday September 28, 2017

10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern


My guest Barbara Karnes RN is a pioneer of the hospice movement who has been traveling the country since 1994 speaking about end-of-life issues. Her documentary film New Rules for End of Life Care has garnered numerous awards and sparked conversations all around the world about the normal and natural process of dying. She is also the author of "the little blue book" Gone From My Sight, which has been in print continuously since 1985 and has been utilized by hospices throughout the country for educating patients and families.


     


In this interview you will learn:


  • What inspired Barbara to write Gone From My Sight
  • Barbara's "New Rules" for end of life care and why we need them now
  • What Barbara finds discouraging and encouraging about the current state of end of life care
  • Barbara's advice for hospice workers
  • How to avoid burnout and compassion fatigue

 

Barbara Karnes, RN, is an internationally respected speaker, educator, author and thought leader on matters of end of life. She is a renowned authority to explain the dying process to families, healthcare professionals and the community at large.


Barbara has held both clinical and leadership positions, including staff nurse, clinical supervisor and executive director at Hospice Care of Mid America in Kansas City, Missouri, as well as Olathe Medical Center Hospice and Home Health in Olathe, Kansas. An award-winning nurse and end of life educator, Barbara received THE HEART OF HEALTH CARE AWARD from Kansas University Nursing, THE HORIZON AWARD for Education from Nebraska Methodist College and THE INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN WOMAN OF THE YEAR 2015 form the World Humanitarian Awards.


Since 1994, Barbara has traveled the country speaking about end of life issues and the dynamics of dying at national and state hospice and palliative care organization conferences, state associations, colleges, nursing schools, hospitals, and hospices. She is the expert that hospice and other healthcare professionals count on to teach them how to explain the dying process to families.


Barbara Karnes writes the popular blog, "Something to Think About: a blog on end of life," and maintains an active presence in social media with online communities on Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and Twitter. Barbara has dedicated the last 35 years of her life to the education, care, and comforting of dying people and their loved ones. The most useful things she's learned along the way have been distilled into her materials.


Website: www.bkbooks.com

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