Changing The Way We Die
June 30, 2014
Hosted by Cathy Roberts
Forty four percent of American now die while receiving some form of hospice care. We have choices about what interventions we want when injury, illness, or ageing bring us close to death. Talking about death still remains taboo for many families and circles of support. Fear keeps us from engaging in conversations that can offer hope and comfort to the dying and the caregiver. In our conversation today, guest Sheila Himmel, co-author of Changing the Way We Die, addresses the discomfort that surrounds death. Through the stories of patients, caregivers, and researchers, we will explore the remarkable shift in practices around dying and look at the changes ahead.
Voices for Healing
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Voices for Healing supports people dealing with loss and change. Our show brings experts who transform loss to people who want to become whole. Serving as wise friends, counselors, and guides, our host and guests help us turn adversity into opportunity. Our vision is to create a diverse community of listeners and guests who learn and teach tools and techniques to help us wake up to who we really are and to become the masters of our own lives.
Cathy is a counselor, teacher, and healer with 35 years of experience inspiring and guiding people to live life to the fullest. Her quest to heal her own early childhood loss and trauma began in her 20’s and continues to this day. Especially interested in psychology and spirituality, Cathy is involved in a variety of individual and group practices.
After many years as an educator and parent, Cathy completed a master’s degree in pastoral counseling in 2000. At about the same time she became interested in energy healing, and continues to study and practice QiGong, Yoga, Energy Medicine, and Reiki. In 2004 she opened her counseling practice, working with individuals and families who want to get the most out of life and create healthy relationships. She is an engaging speaker and leads spiritual and organizational retreats.
Cathy believes that life holds ongoing possibilities for resiliency and renewal. She knows firsthand that loss can motivate people to change and grow. Passionate about sharing the transformative power of loss with others, she is delighted to broaden her outreach via radio. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, long walks in nature, delicious foods, and connecting with friends and family, including her three adult children, their partners, and her two grandchildren.