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What Does it Feel Like to Die?

March 5, 2020 //  by Steve Dahl//

This short video by Tom Bartels and Jennie Dear, offers a gentle overview of what may happen as a person's physical body shuts down from a terminal illness.  Every situation is unique, and the dying process for each individual will be unique as well. Having honest and open conversations with people who understand the process and are willing to discuss it is critically important. Our mission at Integrated MD Care is to provide education, guidance and support to patients and families so they …

Aid-in-Dying Bedside Care

November 20, 2018 //  by IMDC Team//

Dr. Shavelson's Brush with Death A Life and Death Conversation Dr. Lonny Shavelson is the founder of Bay Area End of Life Options, a medical practice in Northern California devoted to educating about medical aid in dying and supporting patients and families through this process. Contact Bay Area End of Life Options Transcript Note: A Life and Death Conversation is produced for the ear. The optimal experience will come from listening to it. We provide the transcript as a way to …

Debbie Ziegler Shares Her Daughter’s Journey to End Her Life With Dignity, Ep. 30

November 15, 2018 //  by IMDC Team//

Debbie Ziegler's daughter, Brittany Maynard at the age of 29 was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor she chose to end her life. Her story was controversial and painful. Debbie shares her daughter's journey in life and how she ended hers. Photo credit: Simon & Schuster Contact Debbie Ziegler website – Get a copy of her book, Wild and Precious Life Note: A Life and Death Conversation is produced for the ear. The optimal experience will come from listening to it. We provide the …

Understanding Palliative Care, Dr. Michael Fratkin Ep. 29

October 12, 2018 //  by IMDC Team//

Dr. Michael Fratkin founded ResolutionCare to insure capable and soulful care of everyone, everywhere as they approach the completion of life. Learn how telehealth applications are bringing a greater quality of living and dying to those in need. Contact ResolutionCare website Transcript Note: A Life and Death Conversation is produced for the ear. The optimal experience will come from listening to it. We provide the transcript as a way to easily navigate to a particular section …

What to do When a Loved One is Dying, Stacey Canfield Ep. 28

September 28, 2018 //  by IMDC Team//

Stacey Canfield created Soul Sitters, an organization dedicated to supporting the spiritual journey of patients and families during the end of life process. Hear the steps to help loved ones through the dying process. Transcript Note: A Life and Death Conversation is produced for the ear. The optimal experience will come from listening to it. We provide the transcript as a way to easily navigate to a particular section and for those who would like to follow along using the text. We …

What Would You Do If You Had a Limited Time to Live? A New Film Shares People’s Ideas, Kimberly Ouwehand, Ep. 27

September 14, 2018 //  by IMDC Team//

The Teal Chair, a film that was nominated for the Future Filmmakers Award this year at Sun Valley Film Festival was the brainchild of Kimberly Ouwehand. Find out why the hospice community outreach coordinator wanted to create this film and how its impacted her life and others. Note: A Life and Death Conversation is produced for the ear. The optimal experience will come from listening to it. We provide the transcript as a way to easily navigate to a particular section and for those who would …

Peaceful Deaths for People & Pets, Liz Fernandez, DVM Ep. 26

August 31, 2018 //  by IMDC Team//

Hear beautiful stories about end of life. Dr. Bob and Veterinarian, Liz Fernandez, discuss how there are similarities in their end-of-life work that helps people, pets, and families who are dealing with end-of-life issues. Note: A Life and Death Conversation is produced for the ear. The optimal experience will come from listening to it. We provide the transcript as a way to easily navigate to a particular section and for those who would like to follow along using the text. We strongly …

What Death With Dignity Means to You and Your Loved Ones, Kathryn Tucker Ep. 25

August 17, 2018 //  by IMDC Team//

For decades Kathryn Tucker has been supporting people's rights to have a peaceful and dignified death. She's fought to protect the medical aid in dying laws. Listen to learn more about the End of Life Liberty Project. Note: A Life and Death Conversation is produced for the ear. The optimal experience will come from listening to it. We provide the transcript as a way to easily navigate to a particular section and for those who would like to follow along using the text. We strongly encourage …

How Music Is Helping Alzheimer’s Patients – Alive Inside, Michael Rossato-Bennett Ep. 24

August 3, 2018 //  by IMDC Team//

"Alive Inside" is a wonderful film and movement that awakens the Alzheimer's mind and connects generations, comforting elders and rescuing youth. The film's Director, Michael Rossato-Bennett, shares how it all began. IntegratedMDCare.com Note: A Life and Death Conversation is produced for the ear. The optimal experience will come from listening to it. We provide the transcript as a way to easily navigate to a particular section and for those who would like to follow along using the text. We …

Where You Can Go To Deal With Death, Bill Palmer Ep. 23

July 20, 2018 //  by IMDC Team//

Bill Palmer has dedicated much of his life to helping people get comfortable with death. Hear why he has hosted more than 75 Death Cafes and what he's learned from them and the people who attend. Note: A Life and Death Conversation is produced for the ear. The optimal experience will come from listening to it. We provide the transcript as a way to easily navigate to a particular section and for those who would like to follow along using the text. We strongly encourage you to listen to the …

How Self-Compassion Helps The Grieving Process, Lydia Lombardi Good Ep. 22

July 9, 2018 //  by IMDC Team//

Lydia Lombardi Good is a licensed clinical social worker. She shares the importance of self-compassion, what it is, and how to get comfortable with it and how it helps the grieving process. Note: A Life and Death Conversation is produced for the ear. The optimal experience will come from listening to it. We provide the transcript as a way to easily navigate to a particular section and for those who would like to follow along using the text. We strongly encourage you to listen to the audio …

Going Through The Dying Process, Chelsea Berler Ep. 21

June 22, 2018 //  by IMDC Team//

Chelsea Berler is a successful entrepreneur, and author and an inspiration for many people. Tragically, she is also dying from breast cancer at the age of 34, but you won't hear Chelsea describe what she's going through as a tragedy nor is she a victim. Listen and please share this episode with others who need to hear it. Note: A Life and Death Conversation is produced for the ear. The optimal experience will come from listening to it. We provide the transcript as a way to easily navigate to …

We Croak: the App that Makes You Think About Dying, Hansa Bergwall Ep. 20

June 8, 2018 //  by IMDC Team//

Hansa Bergwall is the creator of a new app called "WeCroak". Out of his own personal meditation practice, he determined that death contemplation could be beneficial, not just for him, but for many people.  Note: A Life and Death Conversation is produced for the ear. The optimal experience will come from listening to it. We provide the transcript as a way to easily navigate to a particular section and for those who would like to follow along using the text. We strongly encourage you to listen to …

Aid in Dying What It Means to Those Who are Terminally Ill, Ep. 19

May 25, 2018 //  by IMDC Team//

A candid conversation with Dr. Bob and Elizabeth Semenova about something that will happen to all of us: death. Hear from the Integrated MD Care team to see how they are helping people who are going through the medical aid in dying process. Please Note:  This was recorded as a Facebook Live earlier this year prior to the recent ruling to overturn the California End of Life Options Act 2015 by Riverside County Superior Court Judge. In response, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed …

How to Protect Seniors a Conversation with District Attorney Summer Stephan, Ep. 18

May 11, 2018 //  by IMDC Team//

District Attorney Summer Stephan shares what San Diego initiatives are in the works to protect seniors from abuse and fraud. She shares information about her programs and efforts to help keep our most vulnerable citizens safe. Note: A Life and Death Conversation is produced for the ear. The optimal experience will come from listening to it. We provide the transcript as a way to easily navigate to a particular section and for those who would like to follow along using the text.  We strongly …

How to Stop Fearing Death and Start Living Today, Cathy Spatuzzi, Ep. 17

April 27, 2018 //  by IMDC Team//

Cathy Spatuzzi is a yoga and fitness instructor who works with Integrated MD Care. She shares how she helps patients and her views on why she doesn't fear death and, instead, makes sure she is living in every moment. Books on End of Life Being Mortal, Atul Gawande Knocking on Heaven's Door, Katy Butler Find more in this blog post, here. Note: A Life and Death Conversation is produced for the ear. The optimal experience will come from listening to it. We provide the transcript as a …

Helping Seniors Transition from their Homes, Jami Shapiro, Ep. 16

April 13, 2018 //  by IMDC Team//

Jami Shapiro helps seniors transition from homes with her company Silver Linings Transitions. Learn why she is so passionate about this work and how she can help you or your loved ones. Contact Silver Linings Transitions Note: A Life and Death Conversation is produced for the ear. The optimal experience will come from listening to it. We provide the transcript as a way to easily navigate to a particular section and for those who would like to follow along using the text.  We …

“I was scared of death!” How Najah Salaam Helps Those Nearing End of Life, Ep. 15

March 30, 2018 //  by IMDC Team//

Najah Salaam at one time feared death. Today, she helps those nearing the end of life. Learn how she overcame her fear and why helping others is so important to her. Contact Multi-Dimensional Healing website Note: A Life and Death Conversation is produced for the ear. The optimal experience will come from listening to it. We provide the transcript as a way to easily navigate to a particular section and for those who would like to follow along using the text.  We strongly encourage you to …

Dr. Karen Wyatt Founded the End-of-Life University after a Tragic Incident Ep. 14

March 16, 2018 //  by IMDC Team//

Dr. Karen Wyatt founded the End-of-Life University. Hear how her father's suicide lead her to learn about hospice and a career that focuses on helping educate people about end-of-life care. Contact End of Life University Note: A Life and Death Conversation is produced for the ear. The optimal experience will come from listening to it. We provide the transcript as a way to easily navigate to a particular section and for those who would like to follow along using the text.  We …

Euthanasia in the Netherlands is Helping People Who Want to Die, Dr. Rob Jonquière Ep. 13

February 23, 2018 //  by IMDC Team//

Dr. Rob Jonquière is the Executive Director of the International Federation for Right to Die Societies. He shares how euthanasia is helping people who want to die in the Netherlands. Now, assisted suicide is also legal. Hear how this is impacting the country. Contact World Federation of Right To Die Societies website  San Diego Hemlock Society website Note: A Life and Death Conversation is produced for the ear. The optimal experience will come from listening to it. We provide the …

Nurse Shares Views On Dying, Jen Durrant Ep. 12

February 9, 2018 //  by IMDC Team//

Nurse Jen Durrant of Integrated MD Care shares her views on dying and why she believes it should be more accepted in society. Note: A Life and Death Conversation is produced for the ear. The optimal experience will come from listening to it. We provide the transcript as a way to easily navigate to a particular section and for those who would like to follow along using the text.  We strongly encourage you to listen to the audio which allows you to hear the full emotional impact of the show. A …

Why Palliative Care Means so Much to Dr. Tim Corbin, Ep. 11

February 2, 2018 //  by IMDC Team//

Dr. Tim Corbin joins the Integrated MD Care team. He shares his experiences as the Director of Palliative Care at Scripps Health and why working with terminally ill patients is so meaningful to him. Note: A Life and Death Conversation is produced for the ear. The optimal experience will come from listening to it. We provide the transcript as a way to easily navigate to a particular section and for those who would like to follow along using the text.  We strongly encourage you to listen to the …

Creating Peace at End of Life, Julie Chrisco Ep. 10

January 26, 2018 //  by IMDC Team//

Meet Julie Chrisco, a nurse practitioner with Integrated MD Care, who is passionate about helping people have the best experiences as the age as well as creating peace at end of life. Transcript Dr. Bob: Today I am really happy to be introducing you all to one of the newer additions to our team here at Integrated MD Care, Julie Chrisco. Julie is a nurse practitioner who's got tons of experience working with people at the end of life, both in palliative care and hospice. She is I think as …

Faye Girsh Talks about the Right To Die, Ep. 9

January 19, 2018 //  by IMDC Team//

Hemlock Society San Diego (619) 233-4418 In this episode, Faye Girsh talks about the Right To Die and why she continues to support the movement. Faye was the President of the Hemlock Society USA from 1996-2002 and Senior Vice President of End-of-Life Choices (Hemlock’s temporary name) from 2002-2004. She had served on Hemlock’s national board and essentially succeeded its founder, Derek Humphry. While President of the Hemlock Society she started the Caring Friends program, in 1998, …

Founding the Hemlock Society, Derek Humphry Ep. 8

January 12, 2018 //  by IMDC Team//  1 Comment

Derek Humpry is an author and principal founder of the Hemlock Society (now Compassion & Choices). Derek shares his poignant story about helping his wife, who was terminally ill, end her life and how he founded the Hemlock Society. Derek's website: FinalExit.org Transcript Dr. Bob: Welcome to A Life and Death Conversation with Dr. Bob Uslander. I'm very excited to introduce you to today's guest, who is a gentleman who I recently had the pleasure of meeting and listening to during a …

Sons Share Dad’s End-Of-Life Experience, Ep. 7

January 5, 2018 //  by IMDC Team//

In a very candid and poignant conversation, Bill Andrews' sons share what their dad's end-of-life experience was like for them. Hear how they worked as a team to help their dad have the best death. Note, if you haven't already listened to their father's episode, please click here to listen to Bill Andrews share why he chose to end his life after battling ALS. Transcript Dr. Bob: This episode is a follow-up to a previous podcast with Bill Andrews, a patient of mine who ended his life on …

Dealing With Loss, Elizabeth Semenova Ep. 6

December 28, 2017 //  by IMDC Team//

Elizabeth Semenova is the Director of Operations at Integrated MD Care. She shares her insights and personal stories about dealing with loss. The holidays can be an especially difficult time, listen to how Elizabeth handled her own loss and how she and Dr. Bob help others. Transcript Dr. Bob: Welcome to A Life and Death Conversation with Dr. Bob Bob Uslander. I'm here with a guest who I'm excited to introduce everybody to, and somebody who has a wealth of experience and insights. And …

From Attempted Suicide to Intentional Living, Diane Forster Ep. 5

December 14, 2017 //  by IMDC Team//

Diane Forster is an Intentional Living Expert and author of "I Have Today". Diane talks about her attempted suicide, how she changed her life and is now helping others. Hear what helped turn her life around. Contact Diane Forster website Transcript Dr. Bob: I'm here with my guest, Diane Forster, and I'm really excited about having this conversation with Diane. She's an incredibly dynamic woman. I was only recently introduced to Diane through a mutual friend, and this friend somehow …

A Nurse’s Personal Story About End-Of-Life, Jillian Alexander Ep. 4

December 14, 2017 //  by IMDC Team//

A long-time nurse shares her personal story about her father's end-of-life experience. Hear what the aid-in-dying process was like for her and her family. Transcript Dr. Bob: The person I'm going to introduce you to today and have a conversation with is a woman who I haven't known very long but in the short time that we have known each other we've become very close friends and co-creators on this journey around exploring how to make the best out of life and helping to support people through …

Why I’m Ending My Life, Bill Andrews Ep. 2

December 14, 2017 //  by IMDC Team//

Dr. Bob's patient, Bill Andrews had ALS and was terminally ill. Before Bill decided to exercise his right to die in California, he agreed to do this interview to help others understand the importance of the law and his decision. Transcript Dr. Bob:  Hi everybody. I'm here today on the phone with a gentleman who I'm really interested in having everybody hear from and meet. It's kind of a unique opportunity on all counts to hear from a gentleman who has lived life very fully, really did a lot …

Healing After A Loss, Ken Druck Ep. 3

December 13, 2017 //  by IMDC Team//

Dr. Ken Druck's work in personal transformation, male psychology, parenting, and grief literacy has awakened readers to their absolute best selves for almost four decades. In this episode, Dr. Druck and Dr. Bob talk about healing after a loss. Contact Dr. Ken Druck website Transcript Dr. Bob: I'm here with a good friend of mine who I'm excited to have this conversation with. Ken Druck and I have had many conversations over the years, most of which end up being fairly deep and a lot of …

A Life and Death Conversation, Dr. Bob Uslander Ep. 1

November 14, 2017 //  by IMDC Team//

In this podcast, we talk about life, death and everything in between. We'll explore how to age more gracefully, have meaningful conversations, and what you can do now to ensure the best possible end-of-life experience for yourself and your loved ones. Let's become friendlier with death. Transcript Dr.Bob Uslander: Just me. I will be having guests and bring a number of fascinating, interested, and dedicated people onto this show to share their wisdom and expertise. I thought I would take this …

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