New Orleans has a unique relationship to death: we have a ridiculously high murder rate, we party at funerals, and we end up above ground. Death: the podcast tells the stories of personal experiences of death - fear of it, laughing at it, life-changing brushes with it, dealing with lost loved ones, and our own inevitable and unknown heart-stopping moment. Through confronting death we learn what it is to be alive.
In medical school, Shoshana Ungerleider was primarily focused on curing disease and prolonging life. However, as her medical training progressed, Dr. Ungerleider noticed that a preponderance of incurably ill people were spending the last of their precious days hooked up to life-sustaining machinery, isolated from friends and family, with little to no information about the available care options. Thus began a mission to change all of that.
How can physicians and lay people begin to view death not as a treatment failure but as a natural inevitability? How can patients insure their medical care corresponds with their goals and values?
Join Arian and Shoshana as they discuss both the aspirations and challenges associated with providing end-of-life care.