136 episodes

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

Best Life Best Death Diane Hullet

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 34 Ratings

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

    #136 What Is the Arc of a Meaningful Memorial Service? – Shari Stern, Celebrant

    #136 What Is the Arc of a Meaningful Memorial Service? – Shari Stern, Celebrant

    We have probably all attended funerals that we found meaningful – and services that fell flat. What are the parts that make up a meaningful memorial service? What’s the difference between a funeral and a celebration of life? How does music make a difference? How can an officiate – whether secular or religious – help to hold the experience of the day for all who participate? In these modern times, with families and friends far flung, why are such rituals still relevant?

    https://www.thisishowmystoryends.com/

    • 33 min
    #135 Thoughts on Planning for the Inevitable – Sue Mackey, Founder of Out of the Box End of Life Planning

    #135 Thoughts on Planning for the Inevitable – Sue Mackey, Founder of Out of the Box End of Life Planning

    Nothing like talking to an expert in the field to clarify what truly matters! Sue Mackey has been working for more than 15 years to help people prepare for the end of life. We talk about critical pieces of the puzzle, such as: What is a healthcare proxy? Is that the same thing as a durable medical power of attorney? And why are there so many terms that mean the same thing anyway? (Spoiler: There is no way to actually answer this, at least not in 30 minutes.) Sue and I talk about what gets in the way of getting the paperwork we know we need to do completed, but ultimately, as Sue says, “Paperwork is the surface work – first you’ve got to take a look at your own mortality!” Only then will you find yourself signing what needs to be signed.



    https://www.outoftheboxendoflifeplanning.com

    facebook.com/OutoftheBoxFuneralPlanning

    linkedin.com/suemackey88

    • 32 min
    #134 In Their Honor: Veterans and the End of Life – Dr. Qwynn Galloway-Salazar

    #134 In Their Honor: Veterans and the End of Life – Dr. Qwynn Galloway-Salazar

    Dr. Qwynn Galloway-Salazar brings her experience as a veteran and spouse of a combat veteran straight into her work as a death doula and educator. She sees the value of a multi-layered approach, believing that:

    1) we can best companion veterans who are dying by understanding their unique end-of-life needs;

    2) we can better support the caregivers of veterans through education and practical resources; and

    3) we can offer insights to the medical team that is supporting an individual, to help them understand the unique facets of a veteran's life experience and how those may play out at the end.

    Qwynn and I dive into these questions and more, but at the heart of this conversation is the question: What would it look like to truly honor veterans as they come to the end of their lives?



    Facebook.com/qwynn.galloway

    • 33 min
    #133 Eldercare Is Episodic – Rick Northrup

    #133 Eldercare Is Episodic – Rick Northrup

    This week I have a conversation with none other than an old family friend. And while I love talking to the experts out there, there’s something just kinda basic about about chatting with a friend who’s “been through it” with his parents and in-laws. What are the lessons he gleaned? What went well in their family situation? What are the pitfalls he has seen, personally and through his work? We talk about both the personal and the big picture of eldercare — how do we approach this stage, why is it so complicated, what do families need to know, and how can they prepare themselves for the later stages of people’s lives?

    • 31 min
    #132 Scams and Fraud: What You Need to Know! – Amy Nofziger, AARP expert

    #132 Scams and Fraud: What You Need to Know! – Amy Nofziger, AARP expert

    Amy Nofziger is the Director of Victim Support for the AARP Fraud Watch Network and has nearly two decades of experience in fraud prevention and victim support. Listen to this BLBD episode to get the scoop on scams and fraud. What is it? How does it happen? Could I be a victim? What do I do if I am? As Amy says, “Know the red flags: asking for money or your personal information. End of story.” What does this have to do with my "Best Death," you are asking? File this in the "Best Life" department!

    • 25 min
    #131 Visiting When Someone Is Dying - “Always go to Ohio” – Jennifer Graham

    #131 Visiting When Someone Is Dying - “Always go to Ohio” – Jennifer Graham

    What would it mean to you to “Always go to Ohio”? In this episode, author Jennifer Graham and I ponder the question: why show up?  Whether for a next door neighbor, or for a family member or friend across the country, how do we show up for one another? Jennifer says, “That’s one of the lessons that I’ve taken from all of this: That there’s absolutely nothing you can do that has more value than physically showing up for people.” Maybe this is what humans need — to show up for each other. But how, and when, and in what way? Together we tackle some of the obvious questions and also mull over some of the nuances.

    https://jennifergrahamtoday.com/

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

bruceh2204 ,

Wonderful Examination of end of life

Diane has pit together a series of podcasts that thoroughly explore issues involved with the end of life experience. She is an excellent communicator and has enlisted the help of many experts in the field. I would strongly recommend the series to any senior, or family with a senior.

postievrd ,

Everything you always wanted to know about death and dying

Diane’s podcasts are thought-provoking, informative and essential for anyone/everyone striving to broaden their concept of creating a full life followed by a ‘good death’

Gbjxxcbuv ,

Great Host - Great Guests

Thanks for creating this incredible podcast with a wide variety of guests touching on life and death. Diane is a fantastic host 🤩

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