Death: the podcast

Still Answering The Call After 100 Years – Death: the podcast – It’s New Orleans

When his beloved grandfather suddenly died of a heart attack, Stephen Sontheimer, the young heir apparent to the Tharp-Sontheimer Funeral Home, was excluded from the rituals associated with the end of his grandfather’s life. Eager to follow in the footsteps of his forefathers, Stephen was not deterred from learning the family business and familiarizing himself…

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The sculptured mind of Beverly Morris – Death: the podcast – It’s New Orleans

It’s one thing to be recognized as an artist, a yoga instructor, and a successful copywriter, but being a brain cancer survivor takes life to a new level. Beverly Morris is a survivor. She has had three surgeries, four years of chemotherapy, and a lifetime dose of radiation. What she takes away from all of…

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It’s All Bonus Time Now – Death: the podcast – It’s New Orleans

Twenty-nine-year-old, Jake Densen’s life was like that of any other Los Angeles twenty-something: a blossoming career in the television industry, great friends, and a supportive family. All of that was suddenly put to the test when, in March of 2015, an unusual skin rash led to a diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukemia or AML. In…

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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…

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Allison Durant’s Motherless Daughters – Death: the podcast – It’s New Orleans

Allison Durant’s mother died on the heels of her high school graduation. For years before, Jane had been absent from Allison’s life, mostly in hospitals, fighting a losing battle with lung cancer. Allison’s teenage invincibility gave her the strength to brush her mother’s death aside and throw herself wholeheartedly into her own hectic life. Soon…

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Grief After Stillbirth – Death: the podcast – It’s New Orleans

 In 2001, David Hlavsa and his wife, Lisa Holtby, lost their first son, James, at 20 weeks gestation. In 2007, this loss inspired David’s first essay, “My First Son, A Pure Memory,” which was featured in the “Modern Love” column of the The New York Times.  He later penned the critically-acclaimed memoir, “Walking Distance: Pilgrimage, Parenthood,…

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Speaking to the Unspeakable – Death: the podcast – It’s New Orleans

Growing up on the family rhubarb and pumpkin farm, Shannon Ritscher’s life was like that of most small-town teenagers. In 1986, all that changed when Shannon’s brother, Steve, killed himself. Devastated by the loss of his son, four years later, Shannon’s father David, also took his own life. Despite these set backs, Shannon found a…

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The Living Urn – Death: the podcast – It’s New Orleans

Co-founders Mark Brewer, Mike Walas and Brandon Patty were on a mission: to create an eco-friendly way of honoring the dead.   After years of working with leading soil scientists and arborists, The Living Urn was born.  With its biodegradable planting systems now available online and in over 250 Funeral Homes nationwide, The Living Urn…

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The Gift of Song – Death: the podcast – It’s New Orleans

When Annie Garretson and Sally Rothstein met, they never imagined their friendship and love of music would find them at the bedside of those at life’s precipice. The Pikes Peak Threshold Singers aren’t just any choir. They are a group who share the final moments of strangers, community members, and, even their loved ones lives,…

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Death Becomes Us – Death: the podcast – It’s New Orleans

Pamela Skjolsvik never dreamed that a misrouted phone call would change the course of her master’s thesis and, ultimately, her life.   When the call, originally intended for her graduate advisor, was mysteriously redirected to a funeral home, a seed was planted. That seed grew into the now critically-acclaimed book, “Death Becomes Us.”   What…

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