Topics We Explored:
- How Kathy ended up in her career position of death research
- Why death shouldn’t be a closeted subject
- How to have inter-generational conversations about death
- What conversation-starters to use when having discussions about death
- How to make conversations about death uplifting, not gloomy
“We don’t really get closure when someone dies; we move from loving in presence to loving in absence.” – Kathy Kortes-Miller (Tweet this)
Links and Resources Mentioned in This Episode:
- What’s a Death Midwife? Inside the Alternative Death Care Movement – Article about the funeral industrial complex
- “A single death is a tragedy…” – Quote and its origins
- How to Heal After the Loss of a Partner with Kristin Meekhof
- Quote from John Cleese
- The Great Human Race
About Kathy Kortes-Miller:
Kathy Kortes-Miller, MSW, PhD is an unconventional educator, palliative care provider, and researcher with a flair for talking about death and dying – and she talks about it a lot! Kathy has been teaching and researching at Lakehead University for over a decade, inspiring and challenging future healthcare providers to be prepared to care for individuals who are dying and their families in all healthcare settings. She leverages her experiences as a cancer survivor and as a palliative care provider to challenge us to have the important conversations about dying, death, and life.
In Kathy’s world, the reality of death and dying is not the “elephant in the room,” but is an integral part of life that deserves and demands acknowledgement, respect, and even a bit of lightheartedness (when called for).
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