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.
Season 3, Ep. 18
GatheringUs is a lasting communal space that engages and brings communities together after a death.As part of a large family, Noha Waibsnaider has planned a number of memorials and funerals. She has felt the challenges of organizing family and friends during these difficult times, and yearned for a simpler way to mobilize everyone and commemorate loved ones.Noha created GatheringUs to bring communities together through shared memories, events, resources and funding — all in one place. Families can easily crowdfund expenses, giving communities the opportunity to contribute financial support for the funeral, related events, and to support the family.Rooted in her Jewish tradition, Noha believes that those we have known live inside each of us, and we can keep a piece of them alive through the stories we share. The rituals of coming together after a death enable our communities to support each other in the healing process. In honoring each person's life, we can make events truly meaningful and inspiring.Before starting GatheringUs, Noha founded Peeled Snacks, an organic food company. She lives in Brooklyn, with her husband and two kids.https://www.gatheringus.com
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 atwww.campwidow.org.
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone - Lori Gottlieb
Season 3, Ep. 17
Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist andNew York Timesbestselling author ofMaybe You Should Talk to Someone, which is being adapted as a television series with Eva Longoria. In addition to her clinical practice, she writesThe Atlantic’sweekly “Dear Therapist”advice column andcontributes regularly toThe New York Timesand many other publications. She is also aTED speaker, amember of the Advisory Council for Bring Change to Mind and advisor to the Aspen Institute. A contributing writer for theAtlantic, she has written hundreds of articles related to psychology and culture, many of which have become viral sensations. She is a sought-after expert in media such as The Today Show, Good Morning America, The CBS Early Show, CNN, and NPR’s “Fresh Air.” Learn more atLoriGottlieb.comor by following her@LoriGottlieb1on Twitter.