1. Having Conversations about Death and Dying Jennifer Furlong 55:47

If you were to die tomorrow, would your family about your wishes for the next step? If your loved one was diagnosed with a terminal illness and they had only a small amount of time left, what would your final conversation sound like? What would you say? What would you ask? One thing that will impact us all no matter our age, gender, race, or socio-economic status, is death, for death is a natural part of life. And yet, we hesitate to talk about it, despite it being among the most important conversations we should have with our family.

Carin Mikos talks about her experiences as a death doula and some of the most important lessons she has learned. A death doula is someone who helps people nearing death prepare emotionally and spiritually. They are also known as an end-of-life doula, a transition guide, a soul midwife, a death midwife, or a death coach. Carin has been a registered nurse for almost 25 years and has spent the past 3 years as a hospice nurse. She recently established a death doula consulting business with the goal of serving the needs of families and their loved ones as they transition.

Listen as Jennifer Furlong and Carin Mikos discuss why you should talk with your loved ones about death and how you might approach the conversation if you're uncomfortable doing so.

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Jennifer Furlong Author | Podcaster | Speaker | Communication Ace

Jennifer Arvin Furlong (aka Jen) is a communication and media specialist who has kept one foot on the professional side of the industry for three decades and the other foot on the academic side teaching communication and public speaking for almost two of those decades. She is an author, speaker, media literacy advocate, and Marine Corps veteran. Nowadays she stays busy as the Communications Director for Ad Fontes Media, as Board President for Media Literacy Now, as a speaker coach for TEDxSavannah, and as the host of the Communication TwentyFourSeven podcast, “where we communicate about how we communicate.”