Death: the podcast

Hosted ByDr Arian Elfant

New Orleans has a unique relationship to death: we have a ridiculously high murder rate, we party at funerals, and we end up above ground. Death: the podcast tells the stories of personal experiences of death - fear of it, laughing at it, life-changing brushes with it, dealing with lost loved ones, and our own inevitable and unknown heart-stopping moment. Through confronting death we learn what it is to be alive.

Did They Have a Good Death? – Death: the podcast – It’s New Orleans

Most of us will eventually reach a point where medical intervention is outmatched by advanced age, illness, or both. It is at this point where meaningful conversations between physicians, patients and their families are crucial. Why then do medical schools and residencies offer their trainees little to no formal guidance on how to facilitate end-of-life conversations?

What steps should we all consider taking now to make our end-of-life wishes clear to our family and loved ones? What legislative changes are taking place to ensure that our wishes are carried through?

Board certified in internal medicine, geriatrics, and hospice and palliative care, Dr. Susan Nelson is making real change in helping patients and their families at end-of-life. Join Arian as she and Dr. Nelson explore the collaborative challenges physicians, patients, and their loved ones face when death is imminent.


Helpful links:

LaPOST website: or

Hospice and Palliative Medicine professional organization

Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops

Deborah Grassman’s book Peace at Last

Atul Gawande’s book Being Mortal