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March 12th, 2024

End-of-Life Planning. An Intentional Path to Our Final Destination with Christal Smith

  1. End-of-Life Planning. An Intentional Path to Our Final Destination with Christal Smith Emily Thiroux Threatt 37:13

When is the right time to start having end-of-life conversations? 

In today’s episode, I’m joined by the Mental Health Professional, Journalist, Senior Podcast Producer, and Shift Supervisor at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, Christal Smith. Throughout his extensive career as a mental health advocate, Christal worked to bring medical aid and end-of-life choices to terminally ill people, used her crisis counseling training working with LAPD as a volunteer crisis responder, and also worked on a suicide hotline, picking up calls from people in distress. 

Throughout this episode, you’ll learn more about Christal’s passion for the intersection between communication and social impact and her work incentivizing and bringing awareness to the relevance of end-of-life discussions, such as medical care decisions and legal arrangements. Christal also shares tips on approaching and dealing with people who have shared suicidal thoughts, how to get end-of-life conversations going, and more. 

Tune in and listen to episode 214 of Grief and Happiness, and start the conversations that’ll make your future easier today.  

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • About Christal’s background and first experiences as a mental health advocate (2:40)
  • What is the best response to someone expressing suicidal thoughts (9:00)
  • Christal shares her thoughts on “the wishes of the dying” (15:40)
  • The importance of communicating end-of-life medical care choices (19:00)
  • Christal talks about her experience assisting at her own funeral (29:40)

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Emily Thiroux Threatt Podcast Host, Facilitator, Author

Having gone through the experience of the deaths of so many loved ones, I have learned to face life with love, optimism, and joy.

I have kept journals and written to express myself most of my life which led me to a career of teaching writing and writing books. I naturally turned to writing to help deal with my grief, then I discovered I could use writing to help friends deal with grief, too.

In contemplating how I could best help the grieving people I was working with, my Ignite moment came when realized the importance of helping people understand the importance of happiness and how they could grieve and be happy at the same time.

To share my message, I host the Grief and Happiness podcast, I wrote the book Loving and Living Your Way Though Grief, I facilitate weekly meetings of the Grief and Happiness Alliance, I founded the Grief and Happiness nonprofit foundation, I publish a weekly newsletter and blog, and my new book, The Grief and Happiness Handbook is coming out soon.

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