Death By Design


Melissa "Red" Hoffman

Season 3, Ep. 14

Dr. Melissa Red Hoffman began her career as a naturopathic physician and a yoga teacher.  She is now an acute care surgeon, board certified in general surgery, surgical critical care and hospice and palliative medicine. Her clinical interests are in surgical palliative care, care of surgical patients with substance use disorder, and medical education.   She is an active member of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and currently serves as the Chair of the Communications Committee for the Resident and Associate Society (RAS) as well as the RAS liaison to the Physician Competency and Health Workgroup of the ACS Board of Governors.  She is also an active and proud member of the Eastern Association of Trauma’s Online Education Committee.  Dr. Hoffman works at Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina, picks up occasional hospice shifts at the John F. Keever Solace Center, and serves as the co-director of the surgical clerkship for the University of North Carolina School of Medicine Asheville campus.  She is blessed with a naughty orange cat and an absolutely amazing boyfriend. She is happy to chat with or mentor anyone who is interested in palliative care.   You can follow her on Twitter: @redmdnd.

PS - I (Kimberly) feel lucky to call this Red headed Doctor a GOOD FRIEND.

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Camp Widow - Michele Neff Hernandez

Season 3, Ep. 18
Michele Neff Hernandezis the founder, and Executive Director of Soaring Spirits International / Camp Widow. Ms. Neff Hernandez has been featured on numerous local, national, and International broadcasts for her work with Soaring Spirits, and the widowed community. Michele also inspires people as a motivational speaker, freelance writer, and is a member of the Bereavement Training Team for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Michele has contributed to over 100 different websites, blogs, and publications for single project work.Camp Widow®is a unique and incredible experience. During the course of a weekend this program provides both practical tools and relevant resources for widowed persons rebuilding their lives in the aftermath of the death of a spouse or partner.But the most important thing thatCamp Widow®provides to the widowed people who attend is an in-person community of others who are making their way through widowhood one day at a time. Campers come from all over the country, and around the world, to meet other widowed people face to face, and to experience the camaraderie that this event creates.You might imagine these gatherings are morose, but you will find that the truth is quite the contrary.Among peers, lifted up by understanding, and validated in the uniqueness of every person’s unique grief recovery…the mood atCamp Widow®if hopeful, positive, and uplifting.We hold threeCamp Widow®events each year, two in the United States and one in Canada. Full details, and dates for each event, can be found