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INSPIRING END OF LIFE CONVERSATIONS

Wednesday at 3 PM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel

Inspiring End of Life Conversations show is about talking openly about dying and death. Guests on my program include cancer survivors, family members who care to share their stories of aging parents, losing a child, survivors of suicide, accidental death as well as pet psychics who share with us the messages from our furry friends.

We cover ALL aspects of hospice and what people need to know about it before admitting a loved one into hospice care. We have those who have survived near death experiences who share their message of hope and the fact that Heaven is for real. Many shows feature Father Nathan Castle, who is a Catholic Priest, and receives messages from people in dreams who are stuck in the in-between place. If someone dies, and there is something to share, we will be talking about it! Tune in live to Inspiring End of Life Conversations every Wednesday at 3 PM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel.


Coco! With Author Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford

10/28/2020

Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford journeyed into a magical world when Disney asked her to write a related children’s adventure book for Disney-Pixar’s animated film Coco.

Miguel and the Amazing Alebrijes is a softcover book with a unique, colorful and cultural story about Miguel Rivera and his familia. At home, the Riveras are making preparations for their Day of the Dead, El Día de los Muertos altar. At school, Miguel’s teacher, Señora Sena, is introducing a papier mâché project related to this special celebration which has been around for centuries. Miguel and the Amazing Alebrijes is a beautiful children’s book about the importance of our ancestors and family traditions. Miguel, along with his ancestors, set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. This episode is about the importance of knowing our ancestors don’t die, they are with us and need to be remembered.


Afterlife Interrupted with Father Nathan Castle

10/21/2020

Over the past 22 years, Nathan G. Castle, OP, says he has helped at least 250 people who died suddenly adjust to the afterlife. These victims of fires, automobile accidents, shootings, stabbings and drownings came to him in his dreams seeking help for resolving their Interrupted Death Experiences™. And although such contact with the Other Side was not something he sought out, Father Nathan has come to believe that providing such help is something the Holy Spirit has given him to do. He is a regular guest on Inspiring End of Life Conversations, and you can catch him every 3rd Wednesday of the month!



How Can I Help? Conversations about Helping Loved Ones Through Loss, With Author Sherrie Dunlevy

10/14/2020

When tragedy strikes someone you love, you will have to decide what kind of friend you will be: one who is there every step of the way or one who looks the other way. The tips and suggestions offered in this episode are some of the most helpful you’ll find anywhere. That’s because Sherrie’s book, How Can I Help? came from people who have actually gone through very difficult experiences. They have suffered the loss of children, spouses, parents, and siblings. They have been diagnosed with chronic and terminal illnesses. They have lost jobs, gotten divorced, or survived sudden changes in their lives due to accidents, crime, or natural disasters. If you really feel a calling to help someone in need but are at a loss for what to do, or you’re afraid that what you do or say might somehow be wrong—causing them to feel worse than what they’re already feeling—this episode is for you!


David Ditchfields Amazing NDE After Being Run Over By A Train

10/07/2020

The after effects of David’s NDE were undeniable. He suddenly developed the ability to produce high quality paintings, a new found skill that went far beyond the artistic ability he had before. It was a feeling inside of him when he awoke in the hospital that could not be denied. Then he also suddenly acquired the ability to compose classical symphonies! His symphonies were then premiered to a sell out orchestral concert. This is proof even a hard core cynic could not deny.

In this episode we will go into depth with David about these experiences. We will hear him speak of the light, the profound feeling and knowing the beings who smiled at him when he recognized that they were familiar to him. David’s book Shine On is a must read. There is no denying what happened to him is truth that we live on, that our new life when we leave here is full of love more than we can ever comprehend.


Knocking on Heavens Door with Author Katy Butler

09/30/2020

When he was 79, Katy Butler’s seemingly vigorous father suffered a devastating stroke. A year later he was outfitted with a pacemaker in a moment of hope. Hope: everyone deserves hope, no matter what hope may be. For Katy’s family, hope meant getting dad back to where he used to be —a hope that could not be fulfilled.

What you will find out in this episode with award-winning journalist Katy Butler is that a pacemaker can keep a heart going while the elderly patient slides into dementia, incontinence, and misery. As Katy wrote in her bestselling memoir, Knocking on Heaven’s Door, “After the mid 1950’s the attitudes of many doctors and patients shifted from faith in God and acceptance of death to faith in medicine and resistance of death.” Please join us as we explore a taboo subject: love, caregiving, and quality of life versus length of life.


Conversations with Scars

09/23/2020

The first time Margaret was really exposed to death and the concept of what it means to die, she was 10 years old. A girl from the summer camp that she had been attending for a few years had died and they had a memorial at camp that summer. She died from complications related to Spina Bifida, a birth defect they both shared. A device, called a shunt, that drains excess fluid from her head, had stopped working and they couldn’t fix it. When she heard what happened, Margaret became terrified at the thought that at any moment that could happen to her, too. She spent countless hours and days living in fear that she would die. Adding to her preoccupation with thoughts of her own mortality, both of her parents were diagnosed with cancer 6 months apart that year. Margaret soon learned that death would be a constant theme in her life. This is just the tip of the iceberg for Margaret.


Afterlife Interrupted with Father Nathan Castle

09/16/2020

Over the past 22 years, Nathan G. Castle, OP, says he has helped at least 250 people who died suddenly adjust to the afterlife. These victims of fires, automobile accidents, shootings, stabbings and drownings came to him in his dreams seeking help for resolving their Interrupted Death Experiences™. And although such contact with the Other Side was not something he sought out, Father Nathan has come to believe that providing such help is something the Holy Spirit has given him to do. He is a regular guest on Inspiring End of Life Conversations, and you can catch him every 3rd Wednesday of the month!


Angels in My Hair with Lorna Byrne

9/9/2020

Whether you believe it or not-there is an angel by your side: it is your guardian angel, and it never leaves you. Each on of us has been given a gift, a shield made from the energy of light. It is part of the guardian angel’s task to put this shield around us. To God and the Angels we are all equal: we all deserve to be protected, to be cared for and to be loved regardless of what others might think of us-good or bad.

When Lorna looks at someone she can physically see this shield around them; it’s is as if it’s is alive. Your guardian angel is the gatekeeper of your body and soul. He was assigned to you before your were even conceived; as you grew in your mothers womb he was there with you at every moment, protecting you. Your guardian angel never leaves your side for an instant, all the time – you are never alone. Excerpt taken from Angels in my Hair. Join us to listen to more of this uplifting story of Lorna’s life and the angels who have been front and center since she was born.


“Gone From My Sight” With American Hospice Pioneer, Barbara Karnes, RN

9/2/2020

Barbara Karnes is truly the American Hospice Pioneer. As a nurse, she noticed after her experiences at the bedside of hundreds of people before they died, that each death she witnessed was following an almost identical script. Each person was going through the same process. And most families had the same questions. It was after these realizations that Barbara sat down and wrote the Little Blue Book that changed an industry.

Now, I finally get to meet the woman who wrote the little book that helped so many of my families on their grief journeys. Having that little book with me brought me great comfort just to know I had something that might help their sadness. In this interview not only will we be speaking of her books, but her own journey, 40 years and counting. Barbara is a true gift to hospice, my hero and mentor. When one is at the bedside with a family that is not ready to let their loved one be gone from their site her books are a Godsend. Join us!


Your Life Talks! Your Story and Your wishes, do you remember your earliest wish?

8/26/2020

Today, we will discuss our lives. When asked to recall a joyous moment, was it when you were 5 or 85 years of age? This is what is so beautiful about the show today, the questions that remind us of the life we have lived.

Reading over the questions in the cards that Jolenes company provides will walk you through the earliest days of remembering your life’s journey! Think about it, our life’s journey encompasses so many experiences. It is a tapestry of milestones and memories that come to mind when we reflect on our lives.

However, our life story is much more than just the big moments. There are the important events that shape our lives – childhood, first job, meeting a partner, having children and travel. And then there are the influences along the way that add to the texture and color of who we are, and what we value. Even if you know most of the narrative of your loved one’s life, there are always things that you don’t know.


Afterlife Interrupted

8/19/2020

Over the past 22 years, Nathan G. Castle, OP, says he has helped at least 250 people who died suddenly adjust to the afterlife. These victims of fires, automobile accidents, shootings, stabbings and drownings came to him in his dreams seeking help for resolving their Interrupted Death Experiences™.

And although such contact with the Other Side was not something he sought out, Father Nathan has come to believe that providing such help is something the Holy Spirit has given him to do. He is a regular guest on Inspiring End of Life Conversations, and you can catch him every 3rd Wednesday of the month!


David Bennet, Near Death Experiencer on Contemplative Living

8/12/2020

David says, Life is an adventure, unpredictable. Life means always going from the known to the unknown. Always climbing peaks that have not been climbed, always moving into uncharted seas with no chart, with only your inner guidance to lead you. The only way to become a master of oneself is to go into the unknown unafraid despite all the fear.

With David, we will explore topics that bring peace to this unpredictable adventure we are all on. David will discuss Contemplative Living and developing a practice of Contemplation. We will discuss acceptance, tolerance (something we are all struggling with in life and death) finding your truth, breaking free of separateness and becoming aware. These timely subjects are based on his latest book, “A Voice as Old as Time”. David is a fascinating individual who has lived through many life transforming experiences. Being a Near Death Experiencer, David brings with him a level of wisdom and love that will bring peace to a troubled heart.

A Shared Story about The End of Life Option with Leda Meredith

8/5/2020

Leda Meredith the brave and beautiful daughter of Kelly Johnson. She got the call that her dad was dying and on hospice. Her father Kelly Johnson chose to end his own life through a hospice that supported his decision. Leda made the choice to pause her life to take care of him for the next 3 weeks.

Leda expresses it takes a village to help someone die. Leda describes the trials of being his caregiver and the joy in being the daughter of such a gifted talented man who lived his life to the fullest and chose to leave the same way. Through his daughter and all Kelly’s beautiful friends he was able to die in a way that was incredibly supported, celebrated, peaceful and legal.


Grief Anonymous, The Inspirational Story of how it all Started With Holly Barker

7/29/2020

Grief Anonymous came to be through the cancer diagnosis that led her on roller coaster ride until he passed in 2014. This woman had an experience that feels like and NDE when she was on a massage table. This experience changed her life, a knowing began to take place that something bigger was happening THROUGH her husbands death.

Holly is an extremely spiritual soul who believes on every level that her life is guided by God and knows her purpose in this lifetime. She has a beautiful story to share and I am honored to have it here. Listen in, open your heart and know that through death magic can happen if a heart is open, and a knowing that God has direction for you in your life. Death can be our greatest teacher, and thats what Inspiring End of Life Conversations is all about.


Life and Death with Dr. Raymond Moody

7/22/2020

Believe it or not when Dr. Raymond Moody started his career back in 1968 he was an atheist and a skeptic. That changed! For over 50 decades he has done extensive research, coined the term NDE and is very well known in the NDE communities.

At 76 years young, he is a bit of an icon and still going strong. To date he has an online group for his new ebook called God is Bigger than the Bible. He reflects upon the thousands of accounts he has heard from Near Death Experiencers and their encounters with a Supreme Being. Raymond will be sharing with us some of these experiences and how they have deeply influenced his life.


Afterlife Interrupted, with Father Nathan Castle, O.P

7/15/2020

Over the past 22 years, Nathan G. Castle, OP, says he has helped at least 250 people who died suddenly adjust to the afterlife. These victims of fires, automobile accidents, shootings, stabbings and drownings came to him in his dreams seeking help for resolving their Interrupted Death Experiences™.

And although such contact with the Other Side was not something he sought out, Father Nathan has come to believe that providing such help is something the Holy Spirit has given him to do. He is a regular guest on Inspiring End of Life Conversations, and you can catch him every 3rd Wednesday of the month!


Angels in the OR with Tricia Baker

7/8/2020

Tricia Barker was a depressed, agnostic, college student at the University of Texas in Austin…until a profound near death experience during surgery revolutionized her entire world.

As with many NDE’s their life is turned completely upside down. Tricia’s life did just that. After only one year of teaching she went through a very traumatic experience and she knew she must use the wisdom gained on the Other side to heal her life and later guide her to help many, many students who were struggling with deep traumas of their own.

Tricia devotes her life to bringing the light she experienced during her NDE to individuals who are seeking solace, inspiration and overall well being.


Integrated MD Care a Concierge Hospice, Goes the Extra Mile

7/1/2020

Integrated MD Care in Del Mar, California, provides concierge medicine services through dedicated palliative, geriatric, and end-of-life care. Led by Bob Uslander, MD, and Rev. Elizabeth Semenova, MSW, MTS, the team integrates all aspects of a person’s care — physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual —so they can live a rich and fulfilling a life as possible. Integrated MD Care specializes in caring for people with complex and terminal illnesses, helping them experience greater peace of mind and empowerment during their final stage of life. The team emphasizes the spiritual nature of the human experience, not just the physical, so patients and their families can enjoy their life to the fullest.


The Life and Times of a Suicide Near Death Experiencer

6/24/2020

This is the true story of how Chris Batts tried to kill himself only to learn to love himself and be happy because his near death experience (NDE) was the best thing that ever happened to him. His NDE amazed him, he didn’t think such things were possible. He never expected to meet God or those he calls his guardian angels, but he did! And he never expected to be able to communicate with his guardian angels on an ongoing basis as a result!

BOOM! is his book and the true story of his life before and after his NDE from jumping out of a moving car. Chris will be sharing insights and guidance from his guardian angels with us on the spiritual realms and how to improve our lives on earth.”



AFTERLIFE INTERUPPTED

6/17/2020

Over the past 22 years, Nathan G. Castle, OP, says he has helped at least 250 people who died suddenly adjust to the afterlife. These victims of fires, automobile accidents, shootings, stabbings and drownings came to him in his dreams seeking help for resolving their Interrupted Death Experiences™.

And although such contact with the Other Side was not something he sought out, Father Nathan has come to believe that providing such help is something the Holy Spirit has given him to do. He is a regular guest on Inspiring End of Life Conversations, and you can catch him every 3rd Wednesday of the month!



Hospice is About Life, NOT About Death

6/10/2020

People hear the word Hospice and automatically think it is the death sentences of all death sentences. This is simply not true. Listening to Dr Graham you are going to hear a whole other side to what hospice truly is.

Quality of Life at the End of Life, or perhaps getting better! Yes, hospice adds quality to life and gives much needed time. This is because of the care you will receive from these wonderful hospice clinicians. Tune in for all you need to know about the true meaning of what hospice really is.



The Sacred Journey

6/3/2020

Edwin views life as a sacred journey. And that sacred journey is leading us Home – back to the source from which we came. He describes the call to ‘come home’ as a voice that says, ‘there something more’. As a dream weaver, map maker, reality creating magician, Edwin teaches us to follow that voice and to take the steps to create and manifest our personal dream.


Amazing Afterlife of Animals

5/27/2020

If you are struggling with the loss of a beloved pet or if you have to say goodbye soon to an ill or aging pet, Karen Anderson can help you navigate through those challenging moments so you can find peace of mind and your smile again.

Karen Anderson is an award-winning Afterlife Expert and Animal Communicator, a #1 bestselling author, and the recipient of 19national and international book awards. She has written two books, ‘The Amazing Afterlife of Animals’ and ‘Hear All Creatures’ and has collaborated on two others. She offers a signature Animal Communication Coaching program and mentors spiritually motivated entrepreneurs.

Karen resides on her farm near Spokane, Washington with the animals she loves, and is currently writing her next bestseller.


Life Interuppted

5/20/2020

Over the past 22 years, Nathan G. Castle, OP, says he has helped at least 250 people who died suddenly adjust to the afterlife. These victims of fires, automobile accidents, shootings, stabbings and drownings came to him in his dreams seeking help for resolving their Interrupted Death Experiences™.

And although such contact with the Other Side was not something he sought out, Father Nathan has come to believe that providing such help is something the Holy Spirit has given him to do.


From IV Stage to Center Stage

5/13/2020

Todays show is an extraordinary story of courage, strength and deep spirituality. Given 3 months to live with Stage VI throat and neck cancer, to singing the National Anthem before a Red Soxs game at Fenway Park in Boston, to riding her bicycle 87 miles one day to raise money for children’s cancer research with Pan Mass Challenge, is proof that the unexpected can be achieved.

Denise chose not to battle cancer but to embrace it and allow it to become her teacher and her sage. She learned the self love is the all time greatest healer.


The Conversation Project

5/6/2020

The Conversation Project® is a public engagement initiative with a goal that is both simple and transformative: to have every person’s wishes for end-of-life care expressed and respected.

Too many people die in a manner they would not choose, and too many of their loved ones are left feeling bereaved, guilty, and uncertain. It’s time to transform our culture so we shift from not talking about dying to talking about it. It’s time to share the way we want to live at the end of our lives. And it’s time to communicate about the kind of care we want and don’t want for ourselves.

We believe that the place for this to begin is at the kitchen table—not in the intensive care unit—with the people we love, before it’s too late.

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