Death By Design
The Death Deck
Season 3, Ep. 21
THE DEATH DECK
The Death Deck offers up thought-provoking questions with a large dose of humor to help take the taboo out of the topic of death. Unique among card decks and conversation tools, this witty game encourages players to share their thoughts and stories and gets people talking about personal preferences on life’s ultimate decisions in a non-threatening and surprisingly fun way.
ABOUT THE CREATORS
Lori LoCicero is a freelance writer and the co-creator of The Death Deck. A creative storyteller and eternal optimist, Lori combines her personal stories of loss with her innate sense of humor to write about life and talk about death. She has written and directed independent films, documentaries, and a variety of live gala events. Her upcoming memoir offers readers an intimate look at loss and her discovery of posttraumatic growth and was the catalyst for the creation of The Death Deck: a lively and humorous card game that inspires meaningful conversations on what matters most in our lives and in our deaths.
Lisa Pahl is a Hospice Social Worker, ER Crisis Interventionist, and co-creator of The Death Deck. Lisa’s goal is to help people cope with illness, dying, and grief. With a passionate belief that peace at the end begins with meaningful conversations over time, she engages people in talking about and preparing for this difficult stage of life. Embracing a challenging but equally rewarding career as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both the trenches of ER and within her true passion working in hospice, Lisa has witnessed hundreds of deaths which have taught her innumerable lessons about truly appreciating life.
SOCIAL MEDIA INFO
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Season 3, Ep. 43
It was April of 2017 when Garrick and the late Kinsloe Kelley Colwell, LMFT, invited over 20 Austin area healthcare professionals to meet and discuss ways in which they couldassist the Central Texas community in becoming aware of the importanceof completing their advance care directives.Over the next few months, the group met and decided to offer educational programs and resources through a non-profit organization they would call Kitchen Table Conversations.They felt the name of the organization would encourage people to have the end of life conversations in the comfort of their homes instead ofduringa medical crisis in the ICU.July 1, 2017, this web site was launched. The first workshop was offered the following month.In October, AARP of Central Texas began sponsoringThe 3 Ds of Advance Care Planning:How to Decide, Discuss, and Document Your End of Life Wishesworkshops.In 2020 AARP will sponsor four such webinars that will reachthousands of Central Texans.These workshops are facilitated by Garrick Colwell, President, and CEO of Kitchen Table Conversations.Garrick has been a Hospice Volunteer since 1987, servingas an on-callhospital and hospice chaplain. He is aRespecting Choices® Person-Centered CareFirst Steps® Advance Care Planning Certified Instructor and Facilitator.As aCertified Grief Recovery Specialist,he co-created with Hospice AustinConversationsOn Grief, a monthly online grief support program. As a volunteer, heco-facilitates drop-in and loss of spouse grief support groups.Garrick has completed over 200 hours of study with a grief expert David Kessler atgrief.com. David is the author of five bestselling books on grief. His first book,The Needs of the Dying,is a #1 best-selling hospice book praised by Mother Teresa. He co-authored with thelegendary Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, MD, bothOn Grief and GrievingandLife Lessons.David's most recent bookFinding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief,waspublished in November 2019.Recently, Garrick completed 240 hours of training with the author, educator, and griefcounselor Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D., CT, and holds aDeath and Grief Studiescertificate fromthe internationally recognized Center for Loss and Life Transition, a privatean organization founded by Dr. Wolfelt that is dedicated tofurthering our understanding of grief.In 2020 Kitchen Table Conversations began offering their Grief Education webinar series.Topics, dates, and times can be found on our Home Page; click on Grief Education.Garrick can be reached at 512-787-3402 orgarrick@KitchenTableConversations.orgHost a Kitchen Table Conversations Webinar, Activity, or EventIf you're interested in hosting a FREE workshop, activity, or event onAdvance Care Planningfor your company, faith community orspecial interest group,please call us today at512-787- 3402.
Hope Edelman, Author
Season 3, Ep. 42
HOPE EDELMANhas been writing, speaking, and leading workshops and retreats in the bereavement field for more than 25 years. She was 17 when she lost her mother to breast cancer and 40 when her father died, events that inspired her to offer grief education and support to those who cannot otherwise receive it.Her first book,Motherless Daughters, was a #1New York Timesbestseller and appeared on multiple bestseller lists worldwide. Her work has been translated into 14 languages and published in 11 countries. Hope is the author of seven additional nonfiction books, includingMotherless Mothersand the memoirThe Possibility of Everything. She was the recipient of the 2020 Community Educator Award from the Association for Death Education and Counseling and has won a Puschcart Prize for her creative nonfiction.In addition to writing and speaking, she is a certified Martha Beck Life Coach and also leads nonfiction workshops to help writers tell, revisit, and revise their stories of loss. Hope lives and works in Los Angeles and Iowa City.The AfterGrief OverviewDrawing on her own encounters with the ripple effects of early loss, as well as on interviews with dozens of researchers, therapists, and regular people who’ve been bereaved,New York Timesbestselling authorHope Edelmanoffers profound advice for reassessing loss and adjusting the stories we tell ourselves about its impact on our identities.With guidance for reframing a story of loss, finding equilibrium within it, and even experiencing renewed growth and purpose in its wake, she demonstrates that though grief is a lifelong process, it doesn’t have to be alifelong struggle.https://hopeedelman.com/books/the-aftergrief/We don’t ever ‘get over’ the death of a loved one.But we do eventually ‘get on‘ with living in a world without this essential person by our side.It takes time to learn how to live in this new world.It takes time.”—HOPE EDELMAN
Season 3, Ep. 41
Untold: Creating Space for Loss After StillbirthTuesday, December 1, 5 p.m. Pacific TimeJoin us fora live performance of Elizabeth Coplan's play Untold, and join Dr. Jillian Tullis, University of San Diego, to discuss communication challenges and grief that arise after a stillbirth.Veteran Grief Dialogues actors (Left to Right) Gretchen Douma, Shane Regan, and Joanne Burger perform in this live performance.Following the performance, Dr. Jillian Tullis will discuss the communication challenges from witnessing a baby’s death. Is it truly "the smallest yet most powerful thing we can do."Jillian A. Tullis, Ph.D.(Far right) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of San Diego. Her teaching and research interests focus on health communication, specificallycommunication about dying and death in healthcare settings. Tullis’ scholarship used qualitative methods to study such topics as hospice team communication, tumor boards, spirituality, dying, death, quality of life, and a “good death.”Warning: The play contains scenes of childbirth and may trigger feelings of depression and grief especially among those who have suffered miscarriage, stillbirth, failed IVF, and/or unsuccessful adoption.https://letsreimagine.org/58851/untold-creating-space-for-loss-after-stillbirth