A Good End podcast is a new approach to the Jewish conversation around death and dying, made possible by 70 Faces Media and UJA Federation of New York.
Episode 7: A Good Burial
Learn more about Jewish burial customs as members of the Queens Chevra Kadisha - an organization of Jewish men and women who prepare the bodies of deceased Jews for burial according to Jewish tradition - prepare a body for burial in a local funeral home. Then visit Ed Bixby’s green burial cemetery and nature preserve and learn more about the growing trend of green funerals and how they cross over with Jewish traditions.
Episode 6: Death & Dying: Our Stories & The Lessons We’ve Learned Along the Way
How do you speak to a loved one who is nearing death? What do you say when a terminally ill patient or family member asks “Why?” How do you plan for your own version of “A Good End?” Rabbis, chaplains, a bereavement counselor, a social worker, and a teenager share their stories and they lessons they’ve learned.
Episode 5: Judaism and the Right to Die
What does Judaism have to say about the right to die? A majority of trradtional and contemporary Jewish sources prohibit assisted suicide as well as passive euthanasia - i.e. withholding care. Learn how rabbbis, hospital chaplains, and doctors help patients accept the realities of their illnesses and find peace in their final days.
Episode 4: Hospice and Hymns
Many people believe that hospice is about helping someone die. Hospice care providers will tell you that it is actually about helping someone live. Music therapy provides hospice patients and their families with social, spiritual, and emotional support and has been proven to help decrease pain perception. Listen to music therapist, Meredith Ferrel’s home visit with Albert, a hospice patient with lymphoma, and to the music they create together.
Episode 3: Jewish Tradition and End of Life Care
The Jewish values of prolonging life, but not prolonging suffering come face to face with modern technologies such as artificial nutrition, hydration, and intubation. In this episode, a rabbi, doctor, social worker, and biomedical ethicist discuss the ways they help patients and families navigate the difficult issues that arise toward the end of life.
Episode 2: Planning for a Good Death
No one wants to think about their own death - or the death of a loved one, but these experiences can be meaningful and even life-affirming. Rabbi Joy Levitt shares the experience of discussing end-of-life care planning with her 90-year-old mother and the surprising and touching discoveries she made along the way.
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This was both informative and comforting. Fascinating.
Looking truth in the eye
We all know where we are going.
Here is your opportunity to learn about it and have an informed conversation
A courageous work that examines some of the tough questions that sooner or later we will all have to face.