Our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy have changed. We think you'll like them better this way.

  • 01:01

    A Conversation About End of Life Care: The How, Why, Who and When

    in Health

    Howard Block and I will be discussing how to talk about end of life care with a loved one, patient or friend.  It can be difficult to know how to approach the topic and exactly what to say.  We will discuss why it shouldn't be a conversation with  only your doctor but also your family.  Why is it important?  It is a topic no one wants to have but it can be so helpful knowing what a loved onewants when death is near. We both have had the experience of working with people who knew what they wanted and others who didn't.  We have learned the importance of this conversation and how it helps families.  We are talking about people saying exactly how much care they want whether full code or not.  We hope to remove some of the fear and uncertainty that people experience.  It is our goal for listeners to know it is their choice.

  • 00:17

    Gradual Dying and End-of-Life Care, Part 3

    in Self Help

    This podcast will help you get ready to face the inevitable unpleasant things that will happen in your life -- things like trouble, suffering, sickness, and death -- the death of people you love and your own death. 

    The Bible says in  Romans 6:23: "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

    The featured quote for this episode is from Ernest Hemingway. He said, "Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another."

    Our topic for today is titled "Gradual Dying and End-of-Life Care (Part 3)" from the book, "The Art of Dying: Living Fully into the Life to Come" by Rob Moll. 

    --- Miracle Makers 

    Despite the opportunities of gradual dying, some Christian thinkers and theologians have tended to focus on the challenging questions of bioethics—how and when to apply or withdraw medical technology. At the same time, individual Christians have often placed their hope in the effectiveness of medical therapies to delay death. 

    Gradual dying means we must be ever wiser regarding our use of medical treatments, particularly when these interventions are designed to treat sudden emergencies such as car accidents and heart attacks, not necessarily diseases of old age. While CPR, ventilators or radical surgery may be appropriate for an otherwise healthy fifty-year-old man who happens to have clogged arteries, the procedures may not be wise on a frail eighty-five-year-old. 

    Or they might be. The use of medicine to cure or slow the advance of a disease can be a compelling and effective option amid the uncertainty of an elderly person's long decline. 


  • 00:17

    Gradual Dying and End-of-Life Care, Part 2 (Preparing for the Inevitable #7)

    in Self Help

    The Bible says in Psalm 146:2-4: "While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being. Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish."

    The featured quote for this episode is from Martin Luther King Jr. He said, "No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they'd die for."

    Our topic for today is titled "Gradual Dying and End-of-Life Care (Part 2)" from the book, "The Art of Dying: Living Fully into the Life to Come" by Rob Moll.

    --- A Unique Opportunity

    Unfortunately today, fewer people are caring for more elderly. 

    Chronic illnesses mean that dying takes a longer period of time and involves more complicated medical issues. Despite these challenges, the trend toward gradual dying offers a unique opportunity. "For the first time in human history," Kiernan writes, "we can anticipate our mortality." Of course, the fact of death is not new, but our ability to be reasonably certain that it is or is not around the corner is exceptional. Not only can we look our own death in the eye, but we may have years to do so, during which time we can still work, enjoy family or go on a mission trip. Many Christians find in these final years the opportunity to experience the most valuable years of life. 


  • End of Life Issues Made Easier with Marggie Hatala

    in Lifestyle

    On Thursday July 30th at 5:00 PM CDT Going Home with Tony host Tony Scimeca welcomes End of Life Consultant  Marggie Hatala to the traveling Hot Water 911 Boiler Room Studio as part of the Going Home with Tony Road Trip!  The show will be airing live from the 5th and Jefferson Coffee Shop in Sturgeon Bay, WI thanks to the kindness of owner Shawna Burr so come by if you're in the area!  Marggie Hatala is a Hospice Registered Nurse and a Reiki Master and an End of Life Consultant.  End of life is a subject that is uncomfortable for many so we are happy to have Marggie share her suggestions and her experiences. Marggie's book Sally: A Memoir, tells the story of her Mother's journey through aging and death in hospice care. Join us on Thursday July 30th at 5:00 PM CDT. 

    Follow Marggie Hatala on Facebook and Twitter! 


  • Klarque Garrison of "Survive 365"

    in Books

    Mr. 365, D. Klarque Garrison, host of the blog, Survive 365, and the blog talk radio show, Survive 365: The Conversation of Survive 365 discusses his book, How to Survive the Next 365 | Your Lifeline to a Better Life.

  • 00:21

    Gradual Dying and End-of-Life Care, Part 4

    in Self Help

    This podcast will help you get ready to face the inevitable unpleasant things that will happen in your life -- things like trouble, suffering, sickness, and death -- the death of people you love and your own death. 

    The Bible says in  1 Corinthians 15:51-52: "Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed."

    The featured quote for this episode is from Benjamin Franklin. He said, "Fear not death for the sooner we die, the longer we shall be immortal."

    Our topic for today is titled "Gradual Dying and End-of-Life Care (Part 4)" from the book, "The Art of Dying: Living Fully into the Life to Come" by Rob Moll. 

    --- Are Christians Too Pro-Life? 

    A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that people of religious faith (95 percent of whom were Christians) were three times more likely to choose aggressive medical treatment at the end of their lives, even though they knew they were dying and that the treatments were unlikely to lengthen their lives. The study determined “that relying upon religion to cope with terminal cancer may contribute to receiving aggressive medical care near death.” One of the researchers told me, “patients who received outside clergy visits had worse quality of death scores in comparison to those who did not.” In other words, our churches are not teaching us to die well. Why? 


  • 00:17

    Gradual Dying and End-of-Life Care, Part 1

    in Self Help

    The Bible says in John 11:25-26: "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?"

    The featured quote for this episode is from Anaïs Nin. She said, "People living deeply have no fear of death."

    Our topic for today is titled "Gradual Dying and End-of-Life Care (Part 1)" from the book, "The Art of Dying: Living Fully into the Life to Come" by Rob Moll. And, I want to remind you to take advantage of our special offer. If you enjoy this podcast, please feel free to purchase a copy of this book -- "The Art of Dying" by Rob Moll. It is available on our website for just $20. 

    While 20th-century medicine drastically changed how we die, it has also had a more subtle — but no less profound — effect. Because of modern medicine, dying often takes a long time. One study found that most elderly are diagnosed as having a disease three years before it will eventually end their lives. On top of that a Rand study found that “Americans will usually spend two or more of their final years disabled enough to need someone else to help with routine activities of daily living because of chronic illness.” Long before we are visiting loved ones on their deathbed, we may be helping them cook, clean and use the bathroom. 


  • 00:44

    End of Life Decisions Protect Elders Prevent Family Feuds with Stephanie Payne

    in Family

    According to today's special guest Stephanie Payne, R.N., 1 in 3 senior citizens will suffer some form of elder abuse. That abuse may come from caregivers, but more often than we might believe it comes from their very own families.

    Stephanie Payne, a practicing RN, author of The Sandbox Wars, and coproducer of the documentary Legacy Decisions End of Life Decisions The Most Important Gift To Your Family, is here to explain why end of life decisions are the most important gift we give ourselves and our families - why each of us must protect ourselves and our families (while we are of sound mind) through legacy planning.

    We have all heard stories about families who fall apart after bitter feuding over their parents' estates. We have also heard stories of children or family members who steal from their elderly parents, change their parents' wills when they become mentally incompetent, or swindle them out of their life savings.

    Stephanie Payne is on a mission to prevent these tragedies from happening by creating awareness of the issues and teaching others how to make irrevocable end of life decisions.

    Everyone will benefit from the information Stephanie will share today. Save the date and be sure to listen.

    To learn more about Stephanie Payne, R.N. please visit http://www.thesandboxwars.com and http://www.legacydecisions.com


  • 01:58

    Let's Talk Aging: Now Until the End of Life

    in Lifestyle

    Intro to Info host Mikeisha discusses the pros and cons of getting older. 

    Fading Looks
    Cremate or not?

    And so much more! 

  • 00:23

    Chris Hill: The Most Necessary Conversation: Are you ready for end of life?

    in Business

    The end of life is an event that WILL happen to us all, regardless of our position in society, socio-economic status, or whether or not we plan for it.

    Christopher Hill, financial advisor and author, is one of the leading experts on planning for end of life.  A well-thought-out end of life plan is essential to helping your loved ones cope with the aftermath of your death.

    Most of us hate thinking about the inevitable and the subject of death and dying remains the last great American taboo.  In this short interview, Chris Hill will show you why you MUST change your thinking about death planning, or risk leaving your family, employees, friends, and colleagues in a stressful position.

    With over 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry, Christopher P. Hill, RFC® is a widely-recognized editor, speaker, and expert for funeral and end-of-life planning. Chris is also the Founder of two leading online resource centers, www.FuneralResources.com and www.MemorialTechnology.com. Chris can be reached at (540) 685-4321 or chris@funeralresources.com.

  • 01:47

    Deanna Cochran, End of Life Doula, Laura in Vallarta & Patrick Trahan on Sax

    in Self Help

    Deanna Cochran, End of Life Doula, RN and Palliative Care Educator talks About Quality of LIfe and a Very Special Hospice Care Service. 

    Jazz saxophone player, Patrick Traihan joins us and web play some of his original music.

    Laura Gelezunas checks in from the retirement paradise south of the border, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

    And Mindfulness for Chronic Pain