8 episodes

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.

A Good End 70 Faces Media

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.5 • 24 Ratings

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

    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.
    Produced and Edited by Lisa M. Gray
    Produced by Jon Kalish
    Additional Production by Kevin Huffman and Randy Scott Carroll
    Music by Brett Higgins’ Atlas Revolt and Sandcatchers. Courtesy of Chant Records.
    Ed Bixby, Director (President), is the owner and operator of Steelmantown Green Burial Preserve in Steelmantown, NJ, as well as Purissima Natural Burial Ground in Half Moon Bay, CA. Director of the Green Burial Council.
     
    Additional Information and Resources:
    Jewish Death & Mourning 101, Myjewishlearning.com
    Jewish Mourning FAQ, Myjewishlearning.com
    Video: Why Do Jews Put Stones on Graves?, Myjewishlearning.com
    How to Make a Shiva Call, Myjewishlearning.com
    How Jewish Burials are Actually Green Burials Too, Reformjudaism.org
    Green Burial Council


     

    • 29 min
    Episode 6: Death & Dying: Our Stories & The Lessons We’ve Learned Along the Way

    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.
    Produced and Edited by Lisa M. Gray
    Produced by Jon Kalish
    Additional Production by Kevin Huffman and Ang Santos
    Music by Brett Higgins’ Atlas Revolt and Midwood. Courtesy of Chant Records
    Rabbi Richard Address, Founder and Director of Jewish Sacred Aging.
    Charla Burton, Creative Arts Therapy Clinical Training Program Coordinator, MJHS Hospice & Palliative Care
    Julie Lerner, Psychologist/Bereavement Coordinator at MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care, Jacob Perlow Hospice.
    Rabbi Ronit Tsadok, Associate Rabbi/Director of Community Learning, ikar
    Rabbi Jason Weiner, Senior Rabbi and Director of the Spiritual Care Department, Cedars-Sinai.
    Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD, MPH, is a national advocate for transforming the way people die in America.
    Sasha Zitter
    Lois Perelson Gross, Instructor & Facilitator, What Matters: Caring Conversations About the End of Life
    Additional Information and Resources:
    Why Jews Need to Talk About Death, Myjewishlearning.com
    The Surprising Connection Between Childbirth & Death, Kveller.com
    End of Life Care in the Bible: What We Can Learn from Jacob, Moses & Sarah’s Final Moments, Myjewishlearning.com
    Jewish Sacred Aging
    What Matters: Caring Conversations About End of Life

    • 30 min
    Episode 5: Judaism and the Right to Die

    Episode 5: Judaism and the Right to Die

    What does Judaism have to say about the right to die? A majority of traditional and contemporary Jewish sources prohibit assisted suicide as well as passive euthanasia - i.e. withholding care. Learn how rabbis, hospital chaplains, and doctors help patients accept the realities of their illnesses and find peace in their final days.
    Produced and Edited by Lisa M. Gray
    Produced by Jon Kalish
    Additional Production by Kevin Huffman and Ang Santos
    Music by Brett Higgins’ Atlas Revolt and Midwood. Courtesy of Chant Records.
    Rabbi Charles Rudansky, Director of Pastoral Care, MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care
    Rabbi Jason Weiner, Senior Rabbi and Director of the Spiritual Care Department, Cedars-Sinai.
    Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD, MPH, is a national advocate for transforming the way people die in America.
    Additional Information and Resources:
    Does Judaism Believe in the Right to Die?, Myjewishlearning.com
    Jewish Perspectives on End of Life Care, Myjewishlearning.com
    When I Realized My Dad Didn’t Want to Get Better, Kveller.com

    • 18 min
    Episode 4: Hospice and Hymns

    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.
    Produced and Edited by Lisa M. Gray
    Produced by Jon Kalish
    Additional Production by Kevin Huffman and Ang Santos
    Music by Eyal Talmudi Quintet, Jessica Lurie, John Lee, and Koby Israelite. Courtesy of Chant Records.
    Albert Young
    Toby Weiss, Director of Cultural Sensitivity and Jewish Programming for MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care
    Charla Burton, MMT, LCAT, MT-BC Music Therapist, Creative Arts Therapy Program MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care
    Meredith Ferrel, MA, LCAT, MT-BC Music Therapist, Creative Arts Therapy Program MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care
    Additional Information and Resources:
    Bringing Joy and Therapy to Hospice Patients Through Jewish Music , JTA.com
    9 Tips for Visiting Someone in Hospice, Kveller.com
    The Surprising Thing That Helped My Mom Live Longer Than Anyone Thought She Would, Kveller.com
    Judaism, Hospice & Palliative Care: Questions & Answers, MyJewishlearning.com

    • 18 min
    Episode 3: Jewish Tradition and End of Life Care

    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.
    Produced and Edited by Lisa M. Gray
    Produced by Jon Kalish
    Additional Production by Kevin Huffman and Karen Michel
    Music by Eyal Talmudi Quintet, Jessica Lurie, Brett Higgins’ Atlas Revolt, John Lee, Sandcatchers, and The Modulators. Courtesy of Chant Records
    Rabbi Jason Weiner, Senior Rabbi and Director of the Spiritual Care Department, Cedars-Sinai.
    Ira Bedzow, Ph.D., Director of the Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program at New York Medical College. Senior Scholar, The Aspen Center for Social Values
    Adam Schoenfarber, Social Worker Manager with MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care.
    Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD, MPH, is a national advocate for transforming the way people die in America.
    Additional Information and Resources:
    Jewish Perspectives on End of Life Care, Myjewishlearning.com
    Must-Know Words & Phrases Related to End of Life Care, MyJeiwshlearning.com
    Judaism, Hospice & Palliative Care: Questions & Answers, MyJewishlearning.com
    My Feelings About Organ Donation Were Complicated, Until This Happened, Kveller.com

    • 22 min
    Episode 2: Planning for a Good Death

    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. Learn how initiatives like Jewish Sacred Aging and What Matters are equipping baby boomers and members of the sandwich generation with the courage, vocabulary, and knowledge needed to have these important conversations with their loved ones
    Produced and Edited by Lisa M. Gray
    Produced by Jon Kalish
    Additional Production by Kevin Huffman and Ang Santos
    Music by Brett Higgins’ Atlas Revolt, Midwood, and Sandcatchers. Courtesy of Chant Records
    Ira Bedzow, Ph.D., Director of the Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program at New York Medical College. Senior Scholar, The Aspen Center for Social Values
    Rabbi Richard Address, Founder and Director of Jewish Sacred Aging.
    Lois Perelson-Gross
    Sally Kaplan, Program Director, What Matters: Caring Conversations About End of Life, Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan
    Rabbi Joy Levitt, Executive Director, Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan

    Additional Information and Resources:
    Why Jews Need to Talk About Death, MyJewishLearning.com
    How to Talk to Your Loved Ones About Your End of Life Wishes, MyJewishLearning.com
    Jewish Perspectives on End of Life Care, MyJewishLearning.com
    If I’m Ever in a Coma, Please Thread My Eyebrows, Kveller.com
    Jewish Sacred Aging
    What Matters: Caring Conversations About End of Life
    UJA-Federation of New York

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

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24 Ratings

24 Ratings

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Thank you.

This was both informative and comforting. Fascinating.

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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

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Courageous

A courageous work that examines some of the tough questions that sooner or later we will all have to face.

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