44 episodes

Conversations about mortality -- life, death and what matters most.

Best Life Best Death Diane Hullet

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 20 Ratings

Conversations about mortality -- life, death and what matters most.

    #43 Amy Bloom - Accompanied Suicide - "I am Not Here for the Long Goodbye"

    #43 Amy Bloom - Accompanied Suicide - "I am Not Here for the Long Goodbye"

    On this episode, I interview author Amy Bloom, whose husband Brian Ameche was told by doctors that he had Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive, neurodegenerative disease characterized by memory loss. Amy said in our interview: “After a weekend of processing and crying together, Brian said, ‘I’m not here for the long goodbye. You know how I am. I’d rather die on my feet than live on my knees. And we're going to have to find a way for me to end my life while I still have the capacity to consent to ending my life.’ That was the beginning of the journey and the beginning of the book.” 

    Amy's New York Times best-selling book about their experience is called "In Love: A Memoir of Love and Loss." It is a gorgeous, stunning read, and this is a not-to-be-missed conversation.

    • 27 min
    #42 George Frankel - What Are Eternal Reefs?

    #42 George Frankel - What Are Eternal Reefs?

    Join me as I chat with George Frankel, CEO of Eternal Reefs, and find out how this organization combines the cremated remains of loved ones with an environmentally safe cement mixture to create artificial reef formations. These permanent memorials are placed on the ocean floor to create new marine habitats for fish and other forms of sea life. I think I know some ocean-lovers who might love this idea for a final resting place!



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    • 28 min
    #41 Jessica Wertz - Sacred Vessels: Creating Personalized Ceremonies Around Loss and Death

    #41 Jessica Wertz - Sacred Vessels: Creating Personalized Ceremonies Around Loss and Death

    Jessica Wertz - ceramic artist + author of the Spirit Vessel Ceremony Guide Book - and I talk about road trips, small towns, ceremony, grief, and sacred time. The name of her work, Spirit Vessel, has three layers: the body as a vessel for the spirit; the vessel of each ceramic urn she makes that holds cremated remains; and the vessel of ceremony - capable of holding and transforming individuals and communities in their grief. Jessica says: “The idea of ceremony seems revolutionary now, but it’s actually the oldest idea – all of our ancestors came from societies that practiced ceremonies.”



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    • 21 min
    #40 - Mary Anne Oglesby-Sutherly - Dementia Part II, We Can't Handle This in Isolation, So What Do We Do?

    #40 - Mary Anne Oglesby-Sutherly - Dementia Part II, We Can't Handle This in Isolation, So What Do We Do?

    Mary Anne Oglesby-Sutherly is the founder and executive director of a day care program for people with dementia. We discuss a variety of things, including: how to cope with receiving a dementia diagnosis, why it matters what kind of dementia it is, how to find resources such as caregivers or respite programs, when to seek palliative care or hospice, and more.



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    Follow us on our social channels to receive pertinent and helpful resources on death, grieving, and more at:

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    • 21 min
    #39 Mary Anne Oglesby-Sutherly - Dementia Part I, Finding Joy and Compassion on the Journey

    #39 Mary Anne Oglesby-Sutherly - Dementia Part I, Finding Joy and Compassion on the Journey

    Mary Anne Oglesby-Sutherly talks about dementia -- the challenges of getting a diagnosis, the challenges of medication, and the challenges of day-to-day living with this impactful condition. Her respite care organization in Gallatin TN, The Veranda, offers a place for adults living with dementia to come for the day. 

    For more information on Best Life Best Death please visit our website at www.bestlifebestdeath.com

    Follow us on our social channels to receive pertinent and helpful resources on death, grieving, and more at:

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    • 23 min
    #38 Hannah Fowler - Conscious Dying Feature Film: The Last Ecstatic Days

    #38 Hannah Fowler - Conscious Dying Feature Film: The Last Ecstatic Days

    Hannah Fowler and I talk about how she became involved in the making of the movie “The Last Ecstatic Days,” and what she has taken away from this profound project. Hannah is the Impact Producer for the film, an end-of-life doula and educator, a hospice RN, and faculty at the Conscious Dying Institute. 

    Learn more about why Ethan chose to film himself at the end of his life, how he found community through social media and in his community, and what you can take with you from one man's approach to his own death. Watch the trailer at https://www.thelastecstaticdaysmovie.com



    For more information on Best Life Best Death please visit our website at www.bestlifebestdeath.com

    Follow us on our social channels to receive pertinent and helpful resources on death, grieving, and more at:

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    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

Aaron Errand ,

Charming and Informative!

These podcasts have been wonderful - educational and easy to listen to! I like the wide variety of guests and topics - I’m always chatting with my family about what I’ve learned from Diane. :)

Bonnie Compton ,

This podcast is wonderful!

Diane Hullet is the wonderful host of Best Life Best Death. As an End of Life Doula, I so appreciate the conversations she’s creating. The episodes are not only informative but also entertaining. I always look forward to tuning in! Diane is like an information broker for all things related to life and death!

Bonnie Compton, APRN,BC, APRN
End of Life Doula
Conscious Living & Dying Coach
Child & Adolescent Therapist

death obsessed ,

Uplifting

Dianne does a beautiful job engaging her audience as she playfully unpackages conversations around death and dying with other professionals and individuals who may just have a curious story to share. Her episodes are short and fun to listen to. She brings insightful questions to the table for her listeners and her guests than anyone can relate to if your alive and think you might die someday ? Thank you Dianne !

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