end of life

Death Comes As A Shock

Oct 22, 2018
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Hello, Radio Readers. I’m Jane Holwerda from Dodge City, Kansas.  I’ve been thinking about the memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

I’ve been thinking,  of all the many ideas that Roz Chast shares of her parents’ aging and death, one idea that I keep mulling is that aging and death sneak up on us, tip-toe from behind, tap us on our shoulders, catch us unaware.

Stories That Must Be Told

Sep 12, 2018

Maya Angelou once wrote that there is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. Stories can be a source of entertainment as well as enlightenment. They have the power to hurt and to heal. 

Our stories, our families’ stories, our people’s stories. These are the stones that form the foundation of our lives.  Sometimes, though, a story is a window into the heart of the teller.  A magic thread that pulls the soul of the speaker into the compassion of the listener.

The Hard Questions

Aug 29, 2018
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Hi, Radio Readers – I’m Melany Wilks talking to you from my home in Colby, KS.

I had been told by a friend to read the book, Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande. So, on a long drive 16 - hour drive with my husband, we popped the CD’s into the stereo and began listening. The book held our attention, and then we purchased the book.

It's A Meaningful Discussion

Aug 27, 2018
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In the last part of his book Being Mortal, Atul Gawande addresses the events following his father’s being diagnosed with a rare caner, astrocytoma of the spinal cord. Questions of surgery now or later, chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy, assisted living or hospice created emotions that swirled through the family like a tornado.