Following her emotional experiences with loss, Michelle has created a series of podcasts to help others by discussing ways to plan for the inevitable and help the healing. Jessamyn Putnam joins her on Episode 2, entitled, “Last Wishes with Jessamyn,” in which last wishes and end-of-life planning are discussed.
Michelle lost her parents unexpectedly in a tragic car accident and then lost her brother following his battle with cancer. Her journey taught her things that she wished she did not have to learn the hard way. Therefore she created this podcast to help others discover what they should do in advance. She believes that in order to live well, we must learn how to die well. And her sincerest wish is that she can help others prepare for, and not be scared about preparing for, the inevitable. Her podcast contains interviews with hospice, a funeral director, a pastor, and several people and organizations who can be involved with end-of-life decisions. These podcasts are free and available to everyone. When asked if this was part of her grief journey and a way for her to make meaning out of her loss, Michelle responded that yes it was.
After listening to the series, one hospice nurse stated, “This series of podcasts has given me a clear focus and I want to share these podcasts with so many more people!”
Remember, that in order to live well we must learn how to die well, and by learning from Michelle’s experience, maybe some of the stress and anxiety associated with end-of-life decision making will be reduced. Death is never easy, but creating a plan for it now will go a long well to helping you and the ones you leave behind.