News and Notes: Pet Hospice a Growing Trend

Jan 21, 2014 | 0 comments

'A Good Goodbye' Radio Show with Gail RubinCan bringing in hospice services for our pets help us better consider the benefits of hospice and palliative care for the people in our families? The topic of pet hospice is considered on tomorrow’s A Good Goodbye Radio show.

Our guest is Kathryn Marocchino, a professor of death and dying at California State University in Vallejo and founder of the Nikki Hospice Foundation for Pets. Please join us live online at 6:00 p.m. ET | 3:00 p.m. PT for what will be a fascinating hour-long conversation. Read more information about this show.

The television interviews from A Good Goodbye on TV is now available in a 4-DVD set. You can bring these vital conversations home and start sharing information by watching these 25-minute programs with loved ones. A fascinating bonus interview is available online at — Hope you’ll check it out!

Top Tips from Last Week’s Show

The Death Class CoverOn last week’s A Good Goodbye Radio show, the guests were Erika Hayasaki, author of The Death Class: A True Story About Life, and Dr. Norma Bowe, the professor who teaches the “Death in Perspective” class at the center of this nonfiction book.

Dr. Bowe, PhD, RN, MS, CHES, is a death educator who takes her classes on field trips to cemeteries, mortuaries, hospices, prisons and other real-world settings. Her curriculum includes writing assignments such as “The Good-bye Letter,” “If I Had a Rewind Button,” “Write Your Living Will,” and a class discussion titled “Instructions to the Funeral Director.” Some tips from that interview:

  • A fear of death equates to a fear of life. To be able to embrace life fully, we need to stop clinging to fearing death.
  • In a youth culture, we don’t like to get older, and people think talking about death invites negative energy. In truth, the more we talk openly about mortality, the better we are able to deal with death.
  • When parents “protect” their children from the death of grandparents, the kids feel cheated out of a part of that relationship.
  • When you see a body on an autopsy table, you realize we are all the same inside.
  • If you had a serious car accident and possibly faced your death that day, would you review your life and be able to say, “I’m satisfied.”?

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Upcoming Events, Interviews and a Humorous Quote

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Stay Frozen, My Friend! Frozen Dead Guy Days 2014

Stay Frozen, My Friend! Frozen Dead Guy Days 2014

January 29: “The Party No One Wants to Plan” – film clip talk to the Military Officers Association of America

January 29: A Good Goodbye Radio interview with Amanda MacDonald, Festival Director of the Frozen Dead Guy Days festival in Nederland, Colorado March 7-9. I’ll be there with The Newly-Dead Game® and showing the documentary “Grandpa’s in the TUFF SHED.”

February 1: Albuquerque Death Cafe at Sheila’s Sweets (mmm… caramel bacon!) 2:30 p.m. Meetup Group

February 9: A Taste of Honey Talk – Show and Tell: Jewish Funeral Superstitions and Traditions Download the brochure PDF

“The best way to die is to be killed at 80 by a gunshot fired by a jealous husband.” — Francis Blanche

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