Resources and Avenues to Explore
Advocate By Your Side
Susan Creech, BSN, RN
Susan worked as an oncology nurse for years. She is the person to call when you need an advocate to improve your healthcare. Her experience, training and advocacy skills make her your secret weapon so you don’t have to face medical challenges, including insurance challenges, alone. I’ve known her for years and endorse her without hesitation.
I can’t say enough good things about Cake. It’s the motherlode of information about death and life and everything in between. Its name reflects its celebratory spirit and the goal of living our best lives as we plan good deaths. Take a look.
There are many changes happening as people strive to care for our planet. One such change is looking at how our bodies are cared for after we die. Green burial and other options may be available to you and here is one place to learn more about that.
You may have heard the term death positive and wondered, “what in the World?” Here is a website that explains it all, including what death positivity isn’t.
B.J. Miller’s Ted Talk
There are lots of good Ted Talks about death. I especially value the power of this one because it is an extraordinary story that somehow most everyone can relate to.
Dr. Miller is part of The Center for Dying and Living which offers a wealth of resources:
Death Doula Training
Here’s where I was trained as a death doula.
University of Vermont
It was a great program. Take a look if you’re interested. I’m happy to talk with you if you’d like.
My mentor there, Francesca Lynn Arnoldy, has written several books about life and death and being a death doula. You might find them of interest as well.
Dying is a community matter and two of the communities that factor in are the legal and medical ones.
Here are links that provide general information. Of course, the best place to start important conversations is with your own health care provider and attorney.
North Carolina Medical Society End of Life Resources
North Carolina Bar Association
Protecting Your Assets: Wills, Trusts and Powers of Attorney