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Death Talk

Suzanne B. O’Brien RN

”Death Talk” (formerly Ask a Death Doula) Podcast is a weekly show hosted by Hospice and Oncology nurse Suzanne B. O’Brien. Suzanne is the CEO and founder of International Doulagivers Institute. Death Talk is a platform for discussions and interviews that will bring back death into the natural fold of life. Death Talk will share vital education on how to care for those who are dying as well as sharing inspiring stories from working at the bedside with over 1000 dying people from all around the world. Please visit to access our free education and resource center. About International Doulagivers Institute: The goal of Doulagivers Institute is simple and powerful - to provide affordable and accessible education and support to everyone in the world so that every person has the opportunity to die with comfort and dignity in their own home. Death is something that we all have in common no matter our race, religion, or socioeconomic status. We believe that this education to support people to have the most positive end of life experience is a human right, not a privilege.
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Ask A Death Doula With Dr. Karen Wyatt

Ask a Doulagiver/Death Doula


05/12/20 • 52 min

In this Interview of Ask a Death Doula, I have the great pleasure of interviewing Dr. Karen Wyatt! Dr. Karen Wyatt is the bestselling author of the books The Tao of Death and 7 Lessons for Living from the Dying, which contains stories of patients she cared for as a hospice doctor and the spiritual lessons she learned from them at the end of their lives. Dr. Wyatt also hosts End-of-Life University Podcast, which features conversations with experts who work in all aspects of end-of-life care. She is widely regarded as a thought-leader in the effort to transform the way we care for our dying in the U.S. In addition, she is valued for her application of spiritual principles to illness and healthcare and teaches that in order to live life fully we must each overcome our fear of death and embrace the difficulties that life brings us.



Twitter: @spiritualmd


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03/06/20 • 40 min

On Today's episode of Ask a Death Doula, my guest is Justin M. Yopp, PhD,. Justin Yopp is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a member of UNC’s Comprehensive Cancer Support Program, Dr. Yopp offers psychotherapy, assessment, and consult-liaison services for both pediatric oncology and adult oncology populations at the N.C. Cancer Hospital. Dr. Yopp also co-leads the Widowed Parent Program (, which offers support groups for parents who have lost a spouse or partner and are raising children on their own and conducts research to support grieving families. He co-authored The Group: Seven Widowed Fathers Reimagine Life (Oxford Press), which weaves together contemporary thinking on grief, adaptation and resiliency with the true story of the men from their first support group. Prior to joining the faculty at UNC, Dr. Yopp served as a psychologist at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

links mentioned in this Interview::

** website:

** TED talk:

** Book:The Group: Seven Widowed Fathers Reimagine Life The Group: How Seven Widowed Fathers Reimagine Life

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On this episode of Ask a Death Doula, My guest is Michael Hebb. Michael is the founder of Death Over Dinner and author of the book Let’s Talk About Death (Over Dinner.) He will share how the early illness and subsequent death of his father led him on a path to seek answers to life at just a tender age of 13. It is no wonder that he has accomplished so much inspiring work in this sacred space. In this episode, he will discuss the value of conversation at the dinner table and particularly for discussing difficult topics like death. We learn how Death Over Dinner now includes death dinners for healthcare providers. Michael also shares information about the upcoming event Love and Death, which will take place April, 2020 in Seattle, WA.The Love and Death Conference is bringing together the most poignant and inspired thought leaders in relationships, love, aging, death and dying to create a beautiful opportunity to explore what makes us human.

Links Mentioned in this show:

• Death Over Dinner Website :

Love and Death Conference Event Seattle, WA April 24th-26th Connect. Collaborate. Express | RoundGlass Collective:

• Email Michael Hebb at if you’re interested in being part of the EOL Collective

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My guest today is Rodrigo Luz! Rodrigo is very inspiring!

Rodrigo Luz is the president of the Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation Brazil, an official chapter of the EKR Foundation USA. The mission of the EKR Foundation is to spread Elisabeth Kübler-Ross's legacy worldwide.

Rodrigo is an existential therapist working with palliative care and grief therapy in Brazil. He is a visiting professor of palliative care of several states of Brazil, such as the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Rio de Janeiro and the University of Pernambuco in northeastern of Brazil. He is also a professor at Casa do Cuidar, an organization that trains professionals in the philosophy and practice of Palliative Care in the city of São Paulo. He currently lives in Rio de Janeiro, where is the EKR Foundation in Brazil, near Copacabana beach.

Currently, the EKR Foundation in Brazil operates on the following fronts:

The creation of a compassionate community for palliative care assistance to the most vulnerable population

Training volunteers to care for patients in need of hospice or bereavement care - Partnership with national and local organizations to change death and dying culture

Interdisciplinary seminars on death and dying, in which we interviewed critically ill patients, following the same method that Elisabeth Kübler-Ross created in the 1960s at the University of Chicago

more than 150 patients have been interviewed weekly in our Brazilian Death and Dying Seminars

Workshops in all areas of Brazil with hundreds of students interviewing dying patients and asking them to be our teachers (these workshops are conducted by Rodrigo Luz and Daniela Freitas Bastos, president and vice president of EKR Foundation Brazil)

Workshops on Interpretation of Drawings of the Dying, as well as other methods used by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

A 360-hour Advanced Palliative Care and Thanatology Trainning in Rio de Janeiro with students from all over Brazil

Creating hospices based on the philosophy of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Workshops to help healthcare professionals, patients, and family members confront their unfinished business and understand the importance of unconditional love.

You can learn more about The Elisabeth Kubler Ross Foundation Brazil and US with the links below:

EKR Foundation Brazil Website:

EKR Foundation USA website:

FREE DOULA TRAINING- Learn the Skill, Change the World xo Suzanne

If you're a family caregiver, community volunteer, or are interested in becoming a Certified End of Life Doula Practitioner, follow the link below to join Suzanne for her FREE Introductory End-of-Life Doula Training!

For More Information on taking the free LIVE Doula Training Click Here: International Doulagivers Institute or visit

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In this episode of Ask a Death Doula, We begin a series titled "Good Grief". Today we are interviewing Michelle Hoffman Michelle.

Hoffmann is the founder of She is an international bestselling author, speaker and coach through grief, bringing light to widowhood. She empowers parents who have lost a spouse figure out how to parent alone, and have dreams of their own. Join me discussing with Michelle how to take a step by step approach to reclaiming your life after a spouse has died. Grief is something that touches us all. There are tools and support that can help. xo Suzanne

For more on Michelle Hoffman, Please visit


If you're a family caregiver, community volunteer, or are interested in becoming a Certified End of Life Doula Practitioner, follow the link below to join Suzanne for her FREE Introductory End-of-Life Doula Training!

For More Information on taking The Doulagivers Free End of Life Doula Training. Please visit

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11/21/19 • 45 min

In this episode of Ask a Death Doula titled

"The Future of Health Care Will Be Non-medical” allows the audience will be able to understand the enormous crisis upon us with caring for our elderly and end of life population. The statistics alone are alarming, but you combine that with the reality that the US has a fragmented health care structure that cannot meet the needs and demand of these large numbers and we have a major crisis before us that is only projected to get worse and worse in the upcoming decades.

The good news is that there is a new profession of non-medical caregivers ready to fill the gaps and providing the much needed time and care to the millions that will need it. Having medical and non-medical professionals working together to care for patients is the answer to the present and future health care crisis.

In this podcast, you will learn:

1) What is the Elder Care Crisis?

2) How Doulagivers are "filling the gap" in Health Care

3) How mainstream medical cannot handle the amount of need currently and in the decades to come

4) Current alarming statistics

5) Understanding the medical reimbursement structure

6) The ratio of practitioners to patients

7) All the ways that Doulagivers are "Filling the Gap" to provide the best care possible

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In this edition of Ask a Death Doula LIVE from Orlando, Florida, I will share the last ten days on the road and doing Doulagivers Training and outreach from the west coast to the east coast. I will then talk about the new LIFE section of Ask a Death Doula called "Asked a Death Doula About Life" where I will share teachings and education based on the forthcoming book "Top 13 Life Lessons from the Dying" by Suzanne B. O'Brien RN

In this Live Podcast, I will cover "The Coast to Coast Doulagivers Tour and How to Understand and Access Your Big "I"

  • The four bodies of energy
  • What is the little "I"?
  • What is the big "I"?
  • How the Little 'I" runs the show 95% of the time
  • How the Little "I" is the root cause of the dysfunctional state of the world today
  • How the only way to find true fulfillment in this life is through the Big 'I"
  • What Dying Patients say about the Big "I"
  • How to take a "Time In"
  • The 5 for 5 Doulagivers exercises for practicing presence
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Ask a Death Doula Podcast LIVE from Reimagine Festival San Francisco California

Reimagine As a nonprofit organization aiming to break down taboos and transform our experiences around death, dying, and living. I Joined Michael Hebb and a remarkable panel of his friends consider the questions that keep us up at night. Ticket holders were able to submit questions to the panel prior to the event. Michael was joined by Dr. Joon Yun, Dr. Dawn Gross, Brad Wolfe, Alua Arthur, Sandy Gibson. Here is my podcast LIVE from SF covering the Death FAQ event!

In this Live Podcast, I will cover "The Death FAQ Event at Reimagine San Francisco"

  • Learn what to say to someone who just had someone they love die.
  • What is a Good Death?
  • What is a Bad Death?
  • Grief- What it is and how long it really lasts
  • How to talk to children about death.
  • The role of rituals at the End of Life
  • New options for disposition after we die
  • How living fully now and in presence can lead to the best ending

Links mentioned in this Podcast:

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No Food For Thought -The VSED Option

Ask a Doulagiver/Death Doula


10/28/19 • 46 min

No Food For Thought -The VSED Option

(VSED) Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking

In this episode of Ask a Death Doula we will be talking about VSED

-What it is?

-How It Works

-What is the Role of the Death Doula working with the VSED Patient

Resource links mentioned in this episode:

Compassion and Choices Compassion and Choices

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Death Doulas and Hospice Working Together to Provide the Best Possible Care! In This episode of "Ask a Death Doula" I am speaking with Lynda Anello who is the Community Liaison for Vitas Healthcare. Today we explore the beautiful holistic work of hospice and how Death Doulas are a wonderful support to the present day hospice team. xo Suzanne B. O'Brien RN

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How many episodes does Death Talk have?

Death Talk currently has 77 episodes available.

What topics does Death Talk cover?

The podcast is about Podcasts and Education.

What is the most popular episode on Death Talk?

The episode title 'Ask A Death Doula With Dr. Karen Wyatt' is the most popular.

What is the average episode length on Death Talk?

The average episode length on Death Talk is 37 minutes.

How often are episodes of Death Talk released?

Episodes of Death Talk are typically released every 8 days, 21 hours.

When was the first episode of Death Talk?

The first episode of Death Talk was released on Jan 7, 2018.

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