How could working at a hospice in Bend, Oregon shape the way you live your life? Join Lisa Hurley and Jason Medina on Life's Too Short as they discuss death, dying and the pursuit of a life well lived - mixed with a generous dose of coffee and levity.
Conversations with a Funeral Home Director
Brett Edgerly, President and Owner of Prineville Funeral Home, joins Lisa and Jason to discuss the ins and outs of operating a funeral home in Central Oregon. Brett discusses the changes he has witnessed in the funeral industry over the years, the wisdom of pre-planning, and the joy he has serving the Central Oregon community.
Lisa enjoyed a wonderful beverage from Thump Coffee during this episode.
Most people know Partners In Care for their Hospice or Home Health services, but most are unfamiliar with the Transitions program.
Lisa and Jason are joined by Laurie Slye and Bethany Benefield, two of the five Partners In Care Transitions Coordinators, to discuss the Transitions program, how the program benefits many in our community, and the amazing people they get to serve.
Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer's
Lisa and Jason are joined by Kendall Brownrigg for an honest conversation about taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer's disease. Kendall's father, Richard Brownrigg, moved to Central Oregon in the mid-1960s and owned Cascade Disposal for four decades. After selling the business, he began displaying signs of memory loss, including going missing for a couple of days. Kendall shares her honest and painful story of caring for her dad and having him admitted to hospice during his final days.
Kendall makes mention of Kaitlyn as being a support. Kaitlyn Bertholet is the Central Oregon Regional Coordinator for the Alzheimer's Association.
The 24/7 Alzheimer's helpline is: 800.272.3900
Coffee enjoyed was picked up at Lone Pine.
Opening to Grief
Claire B. Willis, co-author of the book Opening to Grief, joins Lisa and Jason to discuss grief, our evolving cultural acknowledgement of grief, being mindful of our grief, being present for others in their grief, and how the pandemic has shaped our grief.
Claire is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Buddhist Chaplain, having spent twenty years serving people in oncology and hospice. She is the author of two books: Lasting Words: A Guide to Finding Meaning Toward the Close of Life, and Opening to Grief: Finding Your Way From Loss to Peace. She is also the founder of the non-profit Facing Cancer Together. She resides in Massachusetts.
Central Oregon Veterans Ranch
Alison Perry, Founder and Executive Director of the Central Oregon Veterans Ranch, sits down via Zoom with Lisa and Jason to discuss her experience working for Veterans Affairs, her desire for a different therapeutic model to serve our Veterans, and the dream of the Central Oregon Veterans Ranch.
Lisa and Jason enjoyed Joe'Mamas coffee during this episode.
To explore more of the topics and places mentioned in conversation with Alison:
Sacred Art of Living
Kefi Fresh Restaurant
Let's Talk About Parkinson's
This episode is dedicated to the memory of Marjorie Lussier.
Her husband (and former CEO of St. Charles Health System) Jim Lussier, along with Carol Pfeil, Central Oregon Coordinator for the Parkinson's Resources of Oregon, join Lisa and Jason to discuss Parkinson's Disease. Jim and Carol provide personal and supportive perspectives on how Parkinson's is diagnosed, treatment options, and the support available for patients and families.
The Enormè coffees enjoyed on this episode were crafted by Brewed Awakenings.
Some helpful support and services mentioned in the episode:
Central Oregon Parkinson's Council
Parkinson's Resources of Oregon
The Prevalence Project
Bottle Drop - Blue Bag Program
Lisa and Jason are great!
Thank you for talking about death and dying in an uplifting way!
Love this podcast! Definitely worth the listen :)