Ep. 05 Leave a Written Legacy for Your Loved Ones

Join Dr. Wyatt and her guest Nanette Randall for this interview to learn:
-Why creating a personal history to leave for your loved ones is important
-What you can do now to begin preserving your stories and life wisdom for the people you love
-Options for sharing your stories and getting professional writing help if needed

Join Dr. Wyatt and her guest Nanette Randall for this interview to learn:
-Why creating a personal history to leave for your loved ones is important
-What you can do now to begin preserving your stories and life wisdom for the people you love
-Options for sharing your stories and getting professional writing help if needed

Ep. 04 Death: A Love Story

In this interview film director Michelle LeBrun will be discussing her award-winning documentary “Death: A Love Story” which chronicles the illness and death of her late husband Mel. She will describe the process of making the movie, her experiences with the medical profession as her husband was dying, and also how the movie is currently being used to educate medical professionals about death and dying.

You will learn about:

-the healing journey at the end-of-life from the caregiver and patient perspective
-how a spiritual approach to the dying process can be helpful
-the importance of mindfulness training for medical professionals

Interview with Michelle LeBrun, documentary filmmaker.

In this interview film director Michelle LeBrun will be discussing her award-winning documentary “Death: A Love Story” which chronicles the illness and death of her late husband Mel. She will describe the process of making the movie, her experiences with the medical profession as her husband was dying, and also how the movie is currently being used to educate medical professionals about death and dying.

You will learn about:

-the healing journey at the end-of-life from the caregiver and patient perspective
-how a spiritual approach to the dying process can be helpful
-the importance of mindfulness training for medical professionals

Ep. 03 Proof of Heaven: Dr. Eben Alexander and the Afterlife

Join host Dr. Karen Wyatt as she and her guest Dr. Eben Alexander discuss his latest book The Map of Heaven. They will explore Dr. Alexander’s near-death experience that inspired him to write the best-selling book Proof of Heaven and his current understanding of the Afterlife and the nature of consciousness.

Interview with Eben Alexander MD about his books Proof of Heaven and Map of Heaven

Join host Dr. Karen Wyatt as she and her guest Dr. Eben Alexander discuss his latest book The Map of Heaven. They will explore Dr. Alexander’s near-death experience that inspired him to write the best-selling book Proof of Heaven and his current understanding of the Afterlife and the nature of consciousness.

Ep. 02 Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Cremation

Tune in to this interview with two funeral home directors, Colby Hitchcock and Pam Gehrs, as we discuss the pros and cons of cremation as an alternative for after-death disposition. Whether you need to know about cremation in your personal or professional life, this interview will enlighten and inform you, and hopefully, dispel your fears about this increasingly common practice. Become aware of the facts about cremation so that you can advise your loved ones, patients and friends with accurate information and insights.

Interview with Pam Gehrs and Colby Hitchcock

Tune in to this interview with two funeral home directors, Colby Hitchcock and Pam Gehrs, as we discuss the pros and cons of cremation as an alternative for after-death disposition. Whether you need to know about cremation in your personal or professional life, this interview will enlighten and inform you, and hopefully, dispel your fears about this increasingly common practice. Become aware of the facts about cremation so that you can advise your loved ones, patients and friends with accurate information and insights.

Ep. 01 How to Have a “Green” Burial

Join Dr. Karen Wyatt and her guest Esmerelda Kent, owner and founder of Kinkaraco – Green Burial Products for this fascinating discussion about shrouds. Esmerelda designed and created the first secular shroud specifically for green burial back in 2005 and that prototype shroud was featured in the final episode of the popular HBO series “Six Feet Under.” She will tell us what inspired her work and share her knowledge about the use of shrouds in all types of after-death disposition.

Interview with Esmerelda Kent of Kinkaraco

Join Dr. Karen Wyatt and her guest Esmerelda Kent, owner and founder of Kinkaraco – Green Burial Products for this fascinating discussion about shrouds. Esmerelda designed and created the first secular shroud specifically for green burial back in 2005 and that prototype shroud was featured in the final episode of the popular HBO series “Six Feet Under.”  She will tell us what inspired her work and share her knowledge about the use of shrouds in all types of after-death disposition.

Two Months to Live

As I write this my friend has just left the doctor’s office and returned to her part-time home in our community. She has learned in the last few moments that her cancer has recurred and is rapidly growing in her abdomen. For the next two days she will be packing up her belongings and loading the car for a long road-trip back home, where she will have to tell her family her shocking news: she is expected to live for just a few more months.

The calendar slips from her hands, along with her plans for the rest of the year: a college reunion during the summer, an autumn trip to Europe, a journal article she planned to write, a research project she intended to complete …

Everything has changed now. She moves slowly through the mundane motions of this day, in dazed confusion: folding the laundry, organizing the grocery list, sweeping the floor … But wait, does it matter? Does any of this matter?

She sorts through the belongings in her home, one-by-one: a book (I’ve read this three times), a teapot (My mother-in-law gave this to me), an old sweater (I got this on our trip to Alaska), and photographs … so many photographs. Each item surveyed and analyzed. Do these things really matter?

She is talking too quickly now, her mind jumping from subject to subject, trying to avoid the looming, inevitable reality that will overshadow and consume everything in its path over the next few weeks. Her conversation seems almost nonsensical to me as I struggle to grasp what is going through her mind at this moment.

She is all alone now. She has entered a place where her family and friends, no matter how close they are, cannot go. As a hospice physician I have walked this path with many patients in the past. And though the scenery has varied with each person, I have noticed certain landmarks throughout each  journey.

I cannot change my friend’s path or take away her suffering. I can only wait with her and watch and pray. For these coming days I shall look through her eyes and feel through her heart, observing life and all its oddities; noticing, while looking back from the perspective of death, what of this life really matters?