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Judy MacDonald Johnston: Prepare for a good end of life
Thinking about death is frightening, but planning ahead is practical and leaves more room for peace of mind in our final days. In a solemn, thoughtful talk, Judy MacDonald Johnston shares 5 practices for planning for a good end of life.
By day, Judy MacDonald develops children’s reading programs. By night, she helps others maintain their quality of life as they near death.
WHY YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO HER?
Judy MacDonald Johnston is the Publisher and Cofounder of Blue Lake Children’s Publishing, which develops educational reading tools for preschoolers through a program called the Tessy and Tab Reading Club. Johnston’s credo, “love words early,” and her focus on the earliest years of life, is an interesting foil for her other passion: Planning for end of life. Johnston’s side project, Good [End of] Life, deals not with happy babies decoding symbols, but with a much more morbid topic: Death. Good [End of] Life is a set of online worksheets and practices that aim to help deal with difficult questions — like who should speak for you if you cannot speak, and whether to fill out a do-not-resuscitate form — before it’s too late.
In the past 15 years alone Johnston has founded two other companies in addition to Blue Lake Children’s Publishing: PrintPaks, a children’s software company, and Kibu, a social networking site for teenage girls. Previously Johnston was a Worldwide Project Marketing Manager at Hewlett Packard.
“[Johnston]’s leveraged every single advantage she’s been given into creating a hundred times that for others, never holding tight to wisdom or resources, but investing them where they’ll do the most good next.” from 50-for-50
How Michael Jackson’s death unfolded
CNN’s Randi Kaye reports on the death of entertainer Michael Jackson and the ensuing investigation.
Every man dies, not every man really lives
Stewart Brand: The dawn of de-extinction. Are you ready?
Throughout humankind’s history, we’ve driven species after species extinct: the passenger pigeon, the Eastern cougar, the dodo … But now, says Stewart Brand, we have the technology (and the biology) to bring back species that humanity wiped out. So — should we? Which ones? He asks a big question whose answer is closer than you may think.
Since the counterculture ’60s, Stewart Brand has been creating our internet-worked world. Now, with biotech accelerating four times faster than digital technology, Stewart Brand has a bold new plan.
WHY YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO HIM?
With biotech accelerating four times faster than digital technology, the revival of extinct species is becoming possible. Stewart Brand plans to not only bring species back but restore them to the wild.
Brand is already a legend in the tech industry for things he’s created: the Whole Earth Catalog, The WELL, the Global Business Network, the Long Now Foundation, and the notion that “information wants to be free.” Now Brand, a lifelong environmentalist, wants to re-create — or “de-extinct” — a few animals that’ve disappeared from the planet.
Granted, resurrecting the woolly mammoth using ancient DNA may sound like mad science. But Brand’s Revive and Restore project has an entirely rational goal: to learn what causes extinctions so we can protect currently endangered species, preserve genetic and biological diversity, repair depleted ecosystems, and essentially “undo harm that humans have caused in the past.”
CISSY HOUSTON‘S INTERVIEW – WHITNEY HOUSTON’S MOTHER ON TODAY SHOW – NBC
The loss of a child is devastating for a parent, and Whitney Houston’s mother Cissy is no different. But while she remains in mourning for the loss of her talented daughter last January, Cissy is very tough-minded about the decisions Whitney made that sent her down the path toward her early death from accidental drowning, heart failure and cocaine use.
Dr. Webster Appearance on “On the Line”: Loss of a Parent
Christine Williams hosts On the Line, with special guest Dr. Bill Webster. This episode focusses on Loss of a Parent. Video Courtesy CTS Television.
Deborah Antinori and Dr Heidi Horsley; Adult Children and the Loss of Elderly Parents
Deborah Antinori & Dr Heidi Horsley talk about adult children & the loss of elderly parents at the annual ADEC conference.
Never The Same: Coming To Terms with the Death of a Parent
Dr. Donna Schuurman joins The Balancing Act to talk about her book “Never the Same” and how we can better help young people deal with the loss of a parent or loved one.
How to Cope with the Death of a Parent
Counselling Psychologist, Michelle Bassam, offers advice on dealing coping grief surrounding the loss of one or both parents. She discusses emotional coping strategies, how to find grief and bereavement resources, and deal with anniversaries.
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Children
Dr. Kliethermes explains trauma and trauma focused cognitive/behavioral therapy (TFCBT). He discusses how he utilizes trauma focused cognitive/behavioral therapy in assisting children and adolescents work through the residual effects of traumatic experiences in their lives.
David Kessler: Grief and Grieving
The recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, has thrust many into intense grief, with feelings of deep loss and despair. Trying to come to terms with the how and why of such a horrific event can be overwhelming. Often old wounds are opened and moving past the pain may seem impossible. As adults we must find a way to manage our own emotions while helping our children understand what happened, cope with the event, and move forward.
David Kessler, one of the most well known experts and lecturers on grief and loss guests on CYACYL to offer advice about how to cope with such a tragic event. He co authored two bestsellers with the legendary Elisabeth Kübler Ross: On Grief and Grieving and Life Lessons. His first book, The Needs of the Dying, a #1 best selling hospice book, received praise by Mother Teresa. He is a featured Grief and Loss expert for Oprah.com and his work has been featured on CNN, NBC, PBS, and Entertainment Tonight; and he has been interviewed on Oprah & Friends. He has been discussed in the New York Times; and has written for the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Wall Street Journal, and Anderson Cooper 360.
Siblings Grieve Too
Published on May 17, 2012
Losing a sibling is one of the worst things that can ever happen; it turns your world upside down. Your sibling is part of your past, and you expect this relationship to continue throughout adulthood. In this webinar, the presenters provide tips on how to help siblings cope after a loss. They discussed what helped them, after the death of their 17-year-old brother and son, and what has helped the thousands of bereaved siblings they have worked with. This webinar also addresses the unique aspects and challenges of sibling death. Siblings are given the message that they must be “strong for their parents.” Since society tends to focus on parents’ grief, bereaved siblings often feel overlooked and unacknowledged.
If you have recently experienced the end of a caring relationship, you likely are experiencing grief. This program can help you understand what you may be feeling and why. It also offers some tips that may make grieving a little less painful.
Grieving the loss of a loved one is a journey which starts before they die and does not end 1 or 2 years after they die. It is a normal, complex, unique part of life which can lead to personal growth and a more resilient survivor. Still, many people struggle with mood, doubts, regrets, and function of life after the loss of a loved one. We will discuss these issues together and help people understand how the difficult journey of grief can be a good one.
Clay M. Anderson, MD, FACP, is an associate professor of clinical medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine and is Director of the Missouri Palliative Care Program. He is also has a faculty appointment in the MU Center for Health Ethics as a clinical ethicist and in the Sinclair School of Nursing as a teacher and research collaborator and is a part-time senior medical director for Hospice Compassus, Inc. — Central Missouri Office. He is board-certified in palliative care, medical oncology, and internal medicine, and leads his team in caring for people and families living with life limiting illness of many kinds.
He teaches and generates original work for the MU School of Medicine, University of Missouri Health Care, and beyond in the areas of end of life care, hospice and palliative care, pain management, palliative/supportive oncology, patient-physician communication, narrative medicine, and spirituality and health care. His education includes an undergraduate degree from MU, an MD degree from Stanford University, and postgraduate training from University of Colorado in Denver and University of Texas – M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.
He has been on the faculty in the School of Medicine since 1997. He lives in Columbia with his wife Michelle and their three children and enjoys reading, fly fishing, duck hunting, camping, hiking, cooking, wine tasting, and playing games with his family. He is active in his church home in Columbia, Calvary Episcopal Church
How do you tell your child that you’re dying?
Uploaded on Feb 5, 2009
How do you tell your kids that you are dying? What do children need to help them cope, grieve and remember a parent? In a follow-up to The Mummy Diaries, Your Voice host Cheryl Jackson and her guests Christine Newman, Lisa Marucci, Stephen Jenkinson and Patty Dann discuss.