Over the years I have had the privilege of meeting and working with many amazing individuals who have dedicated their lives in service to others in end-of-life care. It is my honor to offer this series of inspiring, heartfelt conversations with noted professionals for all of you to have the opportunity to listen in and learn from.
Dr. Lauren Daley is a young, dynamic, palliative care physician practicing in Vancouver, BC, Canada. In this conversation we explore life, death and millennial curiosity and creative influence on opening end of life discussions more fully and into the mainstream. We begin by discussing the painful loss of her mother to a car accident at age six, then move to her work as a palliative doctor and the creation of her web site and podcast “Talk Dying to Me”. It is a goal of Lauren’s to open this important dialogue to people of all ages and remind us of our own mortality in turn enriching our appreciation of the gift of life itself.
As individuals near death, they often report having lucid dreams and visions. These experiences are generally comforting and filled with themes of love and forgiveness. In this conversation Dr. Christopher Kerr and I discuss the incredible research being done at Hospice and Palliative Care in Buffalo, NY. The importance of acknowledging death bed visions and dreams is explored, not only for the well being of the patient but for the family and staff who serve them.
Dr. Shikha Minhas is the Co-Medical Lead for the Palliative Complex Care Unit at Surrey Memorial Hospital in British Columbia Canada. She has been involved in palliative care for 17 years. Her background is rich having grown up and lived on 3 continents, studied, and worked in 4 provinces within Canada. She also speaks four languages. In this conversation we explore diversity in end-of-life care and how to honour an individual’s unique life journey.
Tom Golden has over thirty years of practical, hands-on clinical experience as a counsellor and is well know internationally for his books and presentations on men’s grief. His first book Swallowed by a Snake; The Gift of the Masculine Side of Healing helped to open the conversation about men and emotions. In this conversation we dispel many of the myths around the masculine grieving style, why men often express their grief differently and how to better support them.
Dr. Kearney is an internationally noted palliative care physician and pioneer in end of life care. In this conversation we explore burn out, compassion fatigue, moral distress then move into resiliency, healing and “exquisite empathy”. This dialogue will be especially helpful for medical personnel and front-line workers supporting those in death and grief.
Janie Brown is the Executive Director and one of the Co-founders of Callanish, a cancer support centre in Vancouver, BC. We discuss her book Radical Acts of Love, companioning individuals with a life-threatening illness, a “good” death, denial vs. our deep survival instinct and the wisdom of children.