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Listen to powerful, educational, informative, and insightful podcasts on a variety of end-of-life topics.

After Life----RadioLab
What happens at the moment when we slip from life...to the other side? Is it a moment? If it is, when exactly does it happen? And what happens afterward? It's a show of questions that don't have easy answers. So, in a slight departure from our regular format, we bring you eleven meditations on how, when, and even if we die.


A Mortician Talks Openly About Death, And Wants You To, Too---Fresh Air
Talking about death isn't easy, but mortician Caitlin Doughty is trying to reform how we think about the deaths of loved ones — and prepare for our own.


The Body Show: End of Life Care
End of life care is one of the areas of medicine that is often left behind when talking about treating particular illnesses. Such as: heart failure, cancer, COPD, and more. But having that discussion is something we all should do, no matter how healthy and young we are.


Breaking Bad News---99% Invisible

When a doctor reveals a terminal diagnosis to a patient — that process is as delicate a procedure as any surgery, with potentially serious consequences if things go wrong. If the patient doesn’t understand their prognosis, for example, they could end up making uninformed decisions about their treatment.


Business of Death---This American Life
Usually we talk about death as a tragedy, a mystery, a hard-to-comprehend fact of life. But in addition to all that, for all sorts of people it's also ... a job. This week, stories of undertakers, homicide detectives, slaughterhouse workers, enunculators, autopsy pathologists, exterminators, and others. Does their contact with death teach them something we should learn? https://www.thisamericanlife.org/60/business-of-death


Death Becomes Us---CBC Ideas
Death is called the greatest of equalizers -- the greatest of mysteries. At one time we tended to our dead with home funerals and mourning rituals. Over the last century we pushed death further from our collective mind by outsourcing our dead to mortuary professionals. But our thinking about death may be changing. In recent years, a new phenomenon has taken hold: the rise of Death Cafes -- a place where citizens can explore their fears and concerns about any aspect of death. In Part 1 of Death Becomes Us, IDEAS producer Mary O'Connell explores this growing trend. airs Wednesday, May 7

Part 1: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/death-becomes-us-part-1-1.2913897

Part 2: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/death-becomes-us-part-2-1.2634909

Part 3: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/death-becomes-us-part-3-1.2944858


The Journey Through Loss and Grief
In her brutally honest, ironically funny and widely read meditation on death, "You May Want to Marry My Husband," the late author and filmmaker Amy Krouse Rosenthal gave her husband Jason very public permission to move on and find happiness. A year after her death, Jason offers candid insights on the often excruciating process of moving through and with loss -- as well as some quiet wisdom for anyone else experiencing life-changing grief.


Life After Death---This American Life
David says there are only two ways to see it. Either he succeeded in inviting the devil into a church camp in Wisconsin or he didn't. It was right around this time of year. David was 12. Back home in Sheboygan, he went to a religious school. It was pretty strict, fundamentalist. And one summer night around the campfire he and his friends started talking about all these supernatural things they had heard of.


Meetings at the Edge
Most midwives guide us into the world. A Death Doula guiding us out. In an interview with Lizzie Neville, one the UK’s leading Death Doulas, she reveals the secrets of a good death. She shares her observations about dying at home, our most common regrets and why making a living will is the key to a better death at home, in a hospice or hospital.


What Makes Life Worth Living in the Face of Death
In this deeply moving talk, Lucy Kalanithi reflects on life and purpose, sharing the story of her late husband, Paul, a young neurosurgeon who turned to writing after his terminal cancer diagnosis.


When I Am Dead---RadioLab

Biologist Lee Silver tells us the story of a physician’s ambitious 1907 experiment to discover the weight of the soul. 2. Metamorphosis: One possibility of the afterlife from David Eagleman, read by actor Jeffrey Tambor. 3. When Am I Dead?: Is life over when your heart stops beating? When you take your last breath? When your brain fizzles out? Author and researcher Gary Greenberg and John Troyer explore these questions. 4. Anyone for Tennis?: We ask neuroscientist Adrian Owen, can the dead play tennis? https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/radiolab/episodes/91680-after-life

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