By Karen Wyatt MD
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Dr. Karen Wyatt, hospice physician and author of "What Really Matters," interviews experts on all aspects of the end-of-life, including: caring for the dying, funeral and burial practices, planning for the end-of-life, conscious dying, grief and loss, caregiver support, afterlife, death and the arts, and community initiatives to improve end-of-life care. Access more interviews at www.eoluniversity.com
||CleanEp. 169 How to Find GRATITUDE in Times of Suffering||Today, as we prepare to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. I share some thoughts about gratitude and how to practice it even when we are suffering. The image of a phoenix rising from the ashes is an especially poignant symbol as thousa||11/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 168 How to Find COMPASSION in Times of Suffering||Today I’ll share some thoughts on recent tragedies that have occurred near me this week, the meaning of compassion, and why at times we humans are not able to feel compassion for others when they suffer. Then I’ll share the words that have||11/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 167 Music Thanatology and Integrative Thanatology Training with Catharine DeLong||In this episode I have a conversation with Catharine DeLong about her work as a music thanatologist. We also discuss the Integrative Thanatology Certificate Program being offered by the Art of Dying Institute of the New York Open Center. If you ar||11/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 166 Grief Travel: Lessons from Spain||In this episode I’m back from my travels in Spain and share some stories from my trip. When I travel I focus on learning how other cultures have experienced loss and grief throughout history in order to form a deeper connection with all people e||10/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 165 Part 4: The Palliative Care Team Chaplain with Stephanie Ryu||In Part 4 of our series on palliative care I share an interview with Stephanie Ryu a palliative care chaplain. She’ll discuss her role providing spiritual support to patients with advanced illness. Learn more about palliative care here. ANNOUN||10/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 164 Part 3: The Palliative Care Team Social Worker with Andrea Strouth MSW||In Part 3 of our series on palliative care I share an interview with Andrea Strouth MSW a social worker on the palliative care team. She’ll talk about her role on the team to help us understand why social workers play an important part in the ca||10/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 163 Part 2: The Palliative Care Team Nurse with Rebekah Riemer RN||In Part 2 of our series on palliative care I share an interview with Rebekah Riemer a palliative care nurse. She’ll talk about her role on the team and why she decided to specialize in palliative care nursing. Learn more about palliative care he||10/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 162 Part 1: The Palliative Care Team Physician with Colin Scibetta MD||This episode is the first of a 4-part series that introduces you to the members of a palliative care team. Today Dr. Colin Scibetta discusses his role as the physician on the team and how palliative care differs from hospice care. In future episod||10/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 161 Needs of the LGBTQ Community at the End of Life with Cheryl Jones||[/audio In this episode I share an interview with Cheryl Jones, host of the Good Grief Radio Show, therapist and author of the newly-released novel An Ocean Between Them. We talk about the important subject of meeting the needs of members of the LGB||9/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 160 Writing About Death, Dying and Grief: Dr. Karen Wyatt on “The Creative Penn Podcast”||In this episode I share an interview I did with Joanna Penn on her podcast for authors “The Creative Penn.” We talk about why it’s important for authors to address death and grief in their writing and I’m sharing it with you to illustrate||9/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 159 How to Make Difficult End-of-Life Decisions for a Loved One||In this episode I share my thoughts on how to approach the very difficult task of making an end-of-life decision about the treatment a loved one should receive. Many people are called upon to be decision-makers in these challenging situations and||9/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 158 How to Create an End-of-Life Vision Board||Learn how making a Vision Board that focuses on the end of life can help ease fear and negative thoughts about death and dying. In this episode I share a tutorial on how to make a vision board for your own end of life. This is a fun project that c||9/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 157 “Journey’s End”: Stories for Everyone About Death with Julie Saeger Nierenberg and Victoria Brewster||Learn about a helpful book of stories dealing with death, dying and the end of life and how you can contribute your own story to the next book in the series. In this episode I present my conversation with the co-editors and co-curators of the book||8/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 156 How to Talk to Strangers About Death & Dying||Learn some tips for starting important conversations about death with people you are meeting for the first time! In this episode I’ll share with you some stories about my recent yoga retreat and the many amazing conversations I was able to have wit||8/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 155 Writing Your Heart Will on a Mexican Retreat with Reena Lazar and Michelle Pante||Learn how to leave a written legacy for your loved ones and enjoy a retreat in Mexico in the process! In this episode I share a conversation with Michelle Pante and Reena Lazar of Willow, a company that helps people express their personal and healt||8/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 154 Two Doctors Discuss Death with Bob Uslander and Karen Wyatt||In this episode I share an interview with me that Dr. Bob Uslander hosted on his show: A Life & Death Conversation. You can learn more about Dr. Uslander’s work at www.drbobuslander.com and his podcast at www.integratedmdcare.com/category/podc||8/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 153 The Broken Heart: Healing the Physical and Emotional Symptoms of Grief with Michelle Peticolas||Learn about the impact of grief on the body and the emotions and steps you can take to heal your grief when you are ready. In this episode I share an interview with filmmaker and grief counselor Michelle Peticolas who talks about the 3-part film s||7/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 152 Many Ways to be of Service to the Dying||In this episode I share some thoughts about how to get involved in the end-of-life movement if you have recently become interested in death and dying. You’ll hear about my best ideas for contributing to change in the way people die and offering you||7/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 151 How to Include Children in Funerals (and Why You Should)||Learn about some helpful resources for talking to children about death and funerals. In this episode I’ll share some tips from a recent panel discussion I watched about Youth and Funerals. It’s important to teach adults how to talk to children about||7/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 150 Die Wise: A Call for Wisdom in the Approach to Death with Stephen Jenkinson||Learn about Stephen’s teachings on death phobia in our society and how palliative care and the medical system fail to address this problem. In this episode I share an excerpt from an interview with Stephen Jenkinson, author of the book Die Wise, found||7/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 149 How Theatre Can Inspire End-of-Life Awareness with Judith Gantly||Learn about a humorous one-woman play that inspires audiences to discuss their fears about dying and death. In this episode I share an interview from the archives with actress Judith Gantly who presents a one-woman play titled “Waltzing the Reaper.”||7/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 148 Lessons Learned from Dame Cicely Saunders: Founder of the First Modern Hospice||Learn about the life of Cicely Saunders and what we can discover from her quest to change the way that people died. In this episode, recorded just after the celebration of what would have been Cicely Saunder’s 100th birthday, I talk about how she b||6/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 147 Green Burial: A Will for the Woods with Amy Browne and Brian Wilson||Learn about a beautiful documentary film that you can include in a community workshop on home funerals and green burial. In this episode I share a “legacy interview” with two of the directors of the documentary film “A Will for the Woods” – Am||6/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 146 What the End-of-Life Movement Can Learn from the Natural Childbirth Movement – Part 2||Learn about the obstacles facing the end-of-life movement as we try to improve our approach to death and dying in society. In Part 2 of this discussion I’ll look at the major “threats” to the advancement of improved care for the dying and dead||6/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 145 What the End-of-Life Movement Can Learn from the Natural Childbirth Movement – Part 1||Learn what the history of natural childbirth in the U. S. has in common with the changes we are seeking in end-of-life care and how we can benefit from that knowledge as we move forward. In this episode I share information from an article I researched a||6/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 144 Tips for Caring for a Veteran at the End of Life||Learn how to provide appropriate and sensitive care to a veteran who is nearing the end of life. Today’s “mini-episode” airs on Memorial Day in the U.S. – a day when we honor those who have given their lives in military service to our country. I||5/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 143 Lessons from “the Other Side” Through Channeled Writing with Matt McKay PhD||Learn how a skeptical psychologist began receiving messages through channeled writing from his son after his tragic death. In this episode I share an interview with psychologist Matt McKay PhD who tells how he began receiving messages after his son’s||5/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 142 It’s Complicated: Mother-Daughter Relationships at the End of Life with Kate Riley||Learn how mothers and daughters cope with their changing roles as the end of life nears. In this episode I share an interview with Kate Riley, author and death midwife, about our own relationships with our mothers and how they changed as we provided car||5/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 141 Travel to Heal the Grief of War: Tips for a Pilgrimage||Learn how to create a pilgrimage to help you process the grief that follows the trauma of war. In this episode I share my own story of traveling to Normandy to retrace my father’s footsteps during World War II. This was part of a grief pilgrimage I||5/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 140 The Silent Grief of A Young Child After the Death of a Parent with Rachel Stephenson||Learn about the impact of unspoken grief on a young child after the death of a parent and why we need to do a better job addressing grief with children. In this episode I share an interview with Rachel Stephenson, an author, speaker and educator, who sh||4/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 139 The One Question You Need to Answer to Jumpstart Your EOL Planning||Learn how answering just one question can simplify your decision-making process for end-of-life planning. In this episode I’ll share how one simple question helped clarify my Mom’s end-of-life wishes and why I recommend starting there to put your ow||4/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 138 Pet Therapy for Hospice Patients with Carol Mestemacher and Magnum – Facility Dog||Learn how pet therapy with a trained animal companion can benefit hospice patients physically and emotionally. In this episode I share a “legacy interview” from the archives with Magnum – a trained facility dog – and his handler Carol Mestemache||4/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 137 Why You Should Forgive Now Rather Than On Your Deathbed||Learn why and how to start a forgiveness practice now instead of waiting until your last days. In this episode I share my thoughts about the importance of forgiveness and why you shouldn’t wait until the end of life to start practicing it. I’ve been||4/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 136 Art and Conversations About Death with Molly Stuart||Learn about Molly’s innovative workshops on end-of-life planning that utilize art projects to inspire deep conversations. In this episode I share an interview with Molly Stuart who is a lawyer, artist, chaplain and hospice volunteer. She teaches a won||4/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 135 How to Practice Minimalism at the End of Life||Learn how a minimalist lifestyle can help you find more joy and meaning as you approach the later days of life. In this episode I share my thoughts on why the minimalist lifestyle could help us avoid excessive and unnecessary medical treatment at the en||3/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 134 The Hidden Grief of Life’s Transitions with Rev. Terri Daniel||Learn how grief over the death of loved one is compounded by other losses that occur simultaneously. In this episode I share a conversation with Rev. Terri Daniel about the “other grief” that occurs throughout life with or without the death of a lov||3/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 133 Journaling as a Practice for Living and Dying||Learn about the physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of keeping a journal and why you should start doing it! In this episode I share my thoughts on my own journaling practice and how it has changed my life. I also relate a story of a woman who kep||3/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 132 What it Takes to be a GREAT Death-Ed Teacher||Learn what qualities are needed to become the best-possible death education teacher and get inspired to teach your own class! In this episode I focus once again on death education and talk about the qualities that are best suited to teaching this subjec||3/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 131 Embracing the Mystery of Death as We Plan for the Future||Learn why it’s difficult to make black-and-white decisions for the end of life when death itself is a mystery that will unfold with its own timing. This week is a solo episode in which I share two stories about hospice patients I cared for and the unp||2/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 130 How Death Awareness Can Change the World||Learn about studies that have shown the positive benefits of death awareness and why we need more of it in the world. In this episode I share some recent studies that validate the fact that being aware of death has positive effects on behavior toward ot||2/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 129 How to Teach Death-Ed to College Students with Stacy Smith||Learn tips for teaching college students about death and dying from psychologist and educator Stacy Smith. In this episode I share an interview with Stacy Smith who teaches a course in the Psychology of Death and Dying to students at a local community c||2/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 128 Why We Need Death Education for Everyone Right Now||Learn why the Death Education movement is vitally important right now for our society and get inspired to teach your own class about death and dying! This week I’m continuing my focus on death education by discussing some important reasons why right n||2/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 127 The Consequences of Ignoring Death||Learn how our 100-year history of ignoring death has led to a death-phobic society and the consequences we face as individuals. In this episode I share my thoughts on the negative effects, for individuals and for society in general, of our dysfunctional||1/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 126 Understanding the Fear of Death with Kelvin Chin||Learn how Kelvin Chin has helped people from all over the world look at and cope with their fear of death. In this episode I share an interview with Kelvin Chin, attorney, mediator, and meditation teacher, who helps people address their fears of death i||1/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 125 How to Have a Peaceful Death||Learn some steps you can take NOW to ensure that you will be at peace when you reach the end of life. This week I’m sharing with you my reflections on what it takes to be at peace when you die. I just observed the 5th anniversary of my Mom’s death a||1/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 124 Graceful Passages: The Healing Power of Music with Gary Malkin||Learn from this Emmy-award winning composer how music is a form of “energy medicine” that can transform grief and the end-of-life experience. In this episode I share an interview with Gary Malkin, composer of the music for “Graceful Passages,” a||1/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 123 Goals and Wishes for 2018: Let’s “Be Good at Death”||Hear my far-reaching dreams and ideas for changing the way people die in the U.S. in 2018. In this episode I talk about some of my own personal goals for the New Year and then discuss a list of ideas for ways in which we need to improve all aspects of t||1/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 122 Top 10 “Game Changers” of 2017 for the Death-Positive Movement||Learn about my Top-10 picks for people, events and trends that have changed the end-of-life movement in 2017. In this final episode of 2017 I take a look back at the previous year and share my thoughts on some of the events and people that I believe wil||12/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 121 Holidays & Grief: The Dinner Party with Carla Fernandez and Lennon Flowers||Learn how The Dinner Party movement helps millennials cope with grief and some tips for managing grief during the holidays. In this episode I share an interview with Carla Fernandez and Lennon Flowers, co-founders of The Dinner Party, a movement that is||12/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 120 Wise Holiday Gifts for Mortals||Get some great last-minute ideas for non-material gifts that don’t break your budget or end up in the landfill! In this episode I’ll talk about why it’s great to give gifts for the holidays. And I’ll share some ideas from own “holiday gift bag||12/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Why You Should Forgive Now....
I am awe. I listened to Ep #137 "Why You Should Forgive Now Rather Than On Your Deathbed" twice yesterday (and will do again tonight with my boyfriend).
You know how you hear or read something important a million times and it just doesn’t resonate? And then someone or something happens, says or does something in a way that cleaves your heart and soul open? The End-of-Life University Ep #137 “Why You Should Forgive Now Rather Than On Your Deathbed” did just that for me.
I follow Karen's podcasts, show notes, blog, and classes religiously, I cannot say enough good about her in-depth, articulate, knowledgeable and sensitive approach to so many challenging topics.
Thank you Karen!
End of Life University (EOLU)
EOLU has enriched my life now for over a year. Dr. Karen is a thoughtful, insightful, caring educator and gives me hope that we will learn, as a society, to "do" death and dying better. Fantastic resource!
Many thanks to the host of this podcast, whose dedication and love shine through its episodes. I am a hospice volunteer who is so grateful for the podcast's educational and spiritual perspectives. They helped me immediately, and I am now a dedicated listener.
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