Death By Design


Fawn Cheng & Michael Heller

Season 3, Ep. 33

Introducing, One Last Thing

One Last Thing is a video experience accompanied by a digital lifebook; a place for everything you need to share the story about your life and plan for death. One Last Thing takes the guesswork out of how to get started. We guide you and provide thought-starters, so it feels natural to share memories, tell your story, and express what matters most.

One Last Thing makes a tough thing easier. We cover the tactical aspects such as your:

  • medical and healthcare directives
  • estate and finances
  • digital life
  • memorial
  • personal belongings

...and then we get to the good stuff, the lessons you've learned, your secrets to a good life, and so much more. We even guide and support you as you write letters that will be sent after you're gone, a treasure that will stay with your loved ones.

One Last Thing is your story of living and dying well. The end result is a cover to cover, comprehensive lifebook that’s uniquely about you.

Early backers will get access to our private online community for live Q&A's, interviews, webinars, and additional content.

Fawn: As a hospice volunteer, an end-of-life Doula, and now an educator, I understand the complexities of dying and the difficulties loved ones face when managing their affairs after their loved one has passed on. There’s so much that’s missing currently in the way that we die.

Michael: As a storyteller and visual arts creator, the thing I keep returning to is that I want my life to mean something. Something I can pass on that will be of use to those that come after me. When we share our stories, truths, perspectives with others, that's how we pass down our values and traditions.

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There is no greater gift to those we love and ourselves, then to have a chance to share that.

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Dr. D. Antonio Cantu, Associate Dean & Director

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Dr. D. Antonio Cantù and his wife Sandy have three children, Derek, Dylan, and Deanna.Dr. D. Antonio Cantù is Associate Dean and Director of the Department of Education, Counseling, and Leadership at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. Dr. Cantù received his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Southern Illinois University, Ed.S. in Community College Education, M.A. in History, and B.S. in Social Science Education from Arkansas State University.He has also attended educational leadership institutes at the College of William & Mary and Yale University.Prior to his appointment as Chair of the Department of Teacher Education at Bradley University, he served as Professor and Dean of Education at Indiana University Kokomo, Professor of History and Director of Social Studies Education, as well as editor of the International Journal of Social Education, at Ball State University, and Social Studies Department Chair and Teacher at Ste. Genevieve (MO) High School.Prior to beginning his teaching career, Professor Cantù also served as a Military Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Army.With nearly 30 years of experience in professional education,from high school through the graduate level, Professor Cantù’s articles have appeared in such publications as the Organization of American Historians’Magazine of History, American Historical AssociationPerspectives,National Council for History EducationHistory Matters, and theJournal of the Association for History and Computing.He is also the author of a number of books and curriculum monographs:Presidential Elections: 1789-1996, Early Education in Arkansas Delta, An Investigation of the Relationship Between Social Studies Teachers’ Beliefs and Practices, The Vietnam War: A National Dilemma, andTake Five Minutes: Reflective and Critical Thinking American History Class Openers.In addition, Dr. Cantù’s most recent book publications include the following:The Art and Science of Elementary Social Studies Education, 2nd Edition (2015),ILTS: Test for Academic Proficiency(2013),History/Social Studies Education in the Digital and Standards-Based Classroom(2012), Technology Applications for the Digital Classroom(2011), The Art and Science of Elementary Social Studies Education(2010),History Education 101: The Past, Present, and Future of Teacher Preparation(2008),andTeaching History in the Digital Classroom(2003). He has also served as a curriculum writer for various national organizations including The History Channel,The Wall Street Journal Classroom Editionand PBS Frontline, and as editor ofThe International Journal of Social Education.Dr. Cantù has also served in a variety of leadership positions in professional organizations, including service as President of the American Association for History and Computing, President of the Indiana Council for the Social Studies and Missouri Council for the Social Studies, and Chair of three National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Committees.In addition, he currently serves on a number of national governing boards and editorial boards; including as a member of the Governing Board of the National Social Science Association (NSSA), and House of Delegates for the National Council for the Social Studies.At the state level, Professor Cantu currently serves as a member of the Illinois State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board for the Illinois State Board of Education; Past-President of the Illinois Association for Teacher Education in Private Colleges (IATEPC); Communications Director for the Illinois Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (IACTE); and Executive Director of the Illinois Council for the Social Studies (ICSS).Ted Talk: Memento Mori: the personification of Death