Tuesday, May 14, 2013

What's a "Good Death"? Three Interviews on NPR.

Recently I was interviewed on the local NPR radio station (KUOW) by producer Katy Sewall.  In the first of a three part interview Katy started out by asking me to describe a "good death".  Candidly, I had to struggle a bit with the answer, because "good" can mean different things to different people.  Basically it seems to me that if we, as medical providers, can adhere to the patient's wishes then they can pass from this world in a way that respects and dignifies them as a person. If interested, here is the podcast of the interview (it begins about 12 minutes into this Podcast and lasts for about 17 minutes:  http://www.kuow.org/post/week-olympia-what-makes-good-death-and-onlies

A second portion of the podcast interview which is more focused on medical interventions is available.  It starts about 27 minutes into the segment: http://kuow.org/post/return-787-ancient-maya-and-end-life

The third portion deals with "Religion and the Doctor" - one of my blog posts.  It starts about 27 minutes into the podcast:  http://kuow.org/post/olympia-actress-kate-hess-and-doctors-view-death


  1. I heard most of your interview over the air on KUOW and found it very useful and thought-provoking. Also of interest might be information for survivors, such as the book "Begin Here: Helping Survivors Manage" by Kat Reed that helps you plan ahead for the tasks that face family members left behind.

    1. Thank you. This is another area where we need to think about and plan. A checklist provided by a spiral-bound book like this can really help.

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