37 episodes

What’s one thing we’re all good at? How about not talking — or even thinking — about end-of-life issues. Stephanie Garry is Executive Vice President at Plaza Jewish Community Chapel in NYC and she spends lots of time talking about them. So once a month — here at Exit Strategy — Stephanie and her guests are elevating, normalizing and demystifying end-of-life issues from religious, cultural, societal and other perspectives … with a touch of the serious here, and the creative and whimsical there. Something in that unexpected mix will speak to you, perhaps for the first time. Join us.

Exit Strategy Stephanie Garry, Executive Vice President, Plaza Jewish Community Chapel

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

What’s one thing we’re all good at? How about not talking — or even thinking — about end-of-life issues. Stephanie Garry is Executive Vice President at Plaza Jewish Community Chapel in NYC and she spends lots of time talking about them. So once a month — here at Exit Strategy — Stephanie and her guests are elevating, normalizing and demystifying end-of-life issues from religious, cultural, societal and other perspectives … with a touch of the serious here, and the creative and whimsical there. Something in that unexpected mix will speak to you, perhaps for the first time. Join us.

    New York’s First Reform Chevra Kaddisha: Elevating End-of-Life Ritual and Conversation

    New York’s First Reform Chevra Kaddisha: Elevating End-of-Life Ritual and Conversation

    New York’s first Reform Chevra Kaddisha (“holy society”) is introducing sacred end-of-life practices to a wider Jewish community, and elevating the mitzvah of caring for our dead. The Reform Chevra Kaddisha was established in 2023, and here its founders discuss its groundbreaking nature and its place and meaning within progressive Jewish communities and families. Speakers: […]

    • 20 min
    An Israeli Mother, Her Son … and a Personal and Collective Loss

    An Israeli Mother, Her Son … and a Personal and Collective Loss

    On October 7, Hayim Yeshurun Katsman, 32, was among the over 1,200 people tragically lost in the terrorist massacre in southern Israel. In the days, weeks and months since, Hayim’s mother — Hannah Wacholder Katsman — has journeyed through grief and mourning at once private and public. In this special episode, Exit Strategy Host Stephanie […]

    • 25 min
    End-of-Life Conversations: A View from the Top

    End-of-Life Conversations: A View from the Top

    As we begin 2024, Rabbi Gordon Tucker — Vice Chancellor for Religious Life and Engagement at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America — joins us for a wide-ranging conversation about the state and evolving place of end-of-life issues in our communal dialogue, and the imperative to advance it. Rabbi Tucker speaks with Exit Strategy Host […]

    • 19 min
    After a Son’s Death, Finding Meaning in Life

    After a Son’s Death, Finding Meaning in Life

    After her 15-year-old son Joshua was tragically struck by a car and died in 2002, Nancy Rothstein discovered a deep inner strength that led her to an affirming view of her life and Joshua’s ever-inspiring and growing presence in it. Nancy is the author of Rising in the Mourning: Ways to Celebrate Life (2022), in […]

    • 24 min
    Ambiguous Loss: What We Need to Know

    Ambiguous Loss: What We Need to Know

    A loved one develops dementia, and she is there, but she isn’t. Or he is abducted, and may come back, or he might not. And so we experience “ambiguous loss,” a grey, unresolved state that presents unique challenges to our mental and emotional well being … and that must be recognized and respected. In this […]

    • 21 min
    Advancing Age: What Should We be Thinking About?

    Advancing Age: What Should We be Thinking About?

    We must all consider advanced age — for ourselves or our loved ones — and have conversations and make decisions leading to the best possible outcomes in later years. Hildy Sheinbaum, of H. Sheinbaum & Associates, is a registered nurse and geriatric nurse care manager who advises individuals and families on issues of care for […]

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Micki Pagano ,

Powerful and Brilliant

Stephanie Garry brings a tough topic into light with her emotionally engaging, captivating conversations around an important life experience we all share. I was honored to be a guest, as author of THE ROAD TO BEYOND, and look forward to hearing more stories from her fascinating guests! A must-listen to anyone who has been touched by grief.

Onwis74 ,

Timely and relevant

The discussion about how to talk with children about Uvalde TX and other mass shootings is so important in the unsettled times in which we live.

rshiland ,

Amazingly helpful

I am so looking forward to all the podcasts of Stephanie Garry. Clearly, she has the experience and expertise on this subject that is so difficult to address and talk about. Her compassion and important information are so valuable. Thank you Stephanie.

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