Monthly Archives: February 2016

Ep. 27 February End of the Month Update on the End-of-Life with Dr. Karen Wyatt

In this February Update on End-of-Life Issues, Dr. Wyatt will discuss: Medical schools put more emphasis on pain management education to help reduce over-prescribing of opioid medications, misuse of these drugs and subsequent OD’s, which have doubled in the past … Continue reading

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Ep. 26 Death Takes the Stage: The Death Monologues with Giselle Suarez

Join Dr. Karen Wyatt and her special guest, actress Giselle Suarez, for a conversation about THE DEATH MONOLOGUES, a unique theatrical experience that dives into life’s greatest taboo. The Master of Ceremonies in this play is Death, who takes the … Continue reading

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Ep. 25 Choosing Death by VSED with Phyllis Shacter

Join Dr. Karen Wyatt and her guest Phyllis Shacter, an advocate for natural dying through voluntary stopping of eating and drinking (VSED.) Phyllis will discuss the story of her husband Alan who made the choice to stop eating and drinking rather than progress into the later stages of Alzheimer’s disease. In this interview you will learn:

-factors that must be considered before making a decision for VSED as a means of dying with dignity
-the role a caregiver must play in this type of decision
-a personal perspective on the process of dying when a choice for VSED has been made Continue reading

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Ep. 24 The Many Paths of Grief with Karen Wyatt MD

Dr. Karen Wyatt shares wisdom from her own personal journey of grief and tips from guests she has interviewed for End-of-Life University. Find practical suggestions for navigating the journey of grief. Continue reading

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Ep. 23 Social Model Hospice Homes Can Revolutionize EOL Care with Mitcheal Metzner, PhD

Dr. Karen Wyatt interviews Dr. Mitch Metzner, founder and CEO of Anam Cara, a social model hospice house in California. In this interview you will learn:

-the history of the non-medical social model for hospice care
-the difference between the non-medical social model and the medical inpatient model of hospice care
-how to overcome community resistance to neighborhood hospice care
-guidelines for starting a social model hospice house
-how Anam Cara is meeting the challenges of being a small stand-alone non-profit organization Continue reading

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