Death Doula

    Our guest this week is Darlene Domanik, co-author of the recently released children’s book “Everyone Dies and yes, it is normal” published by Vanitas Press, LLC. Given the unprecedented number of deaths related to Covid-19, children need a clear paradigm regarding why death happens. A review of other books for children that attempt to address this question often leaves the reader still wondering why death occurs. Everyone Dies does not shy away from […]

Today’s podcast is in honor of my beloved older brother, Bradley Wurzel who was 67 when he died on Jan 9th. This podcast is emotional as I tell about what  I experienced and my family went through having a family member in the hospital and dying during Covid.  My brother did not have COVID. To listen to this heartbreaking discussion with Betsy on the loss of her brother, Bradley:    Click here to listen… Betsy Wurzel […]

Luke’s mother was 75 when he started to notice that she was diagnosed with brain cancer and metastasis to her lungs. She rapidly declined to the point where she could no longer speak, was bedridden, and unable to swallow. The decision was made to place her in a care home for end-of-life care.  Every day Luke and his father visit her, and Luke feels strongly that she would not want to live this way. In […]

Betsy Wurzel’s guest on Chatting with Betsy is Jenny Leigh Hodgins who is the founder of Creative Memorial Planning. Betsy and Jenny talk about alternatives and the importance of pre-planning the end of life.  This is not an easy subject to discuss and there are many emotions for the family. Jenny talks about how helpful it could be to have a Death Doula as apart of the end of life planning.  Now saying that it […]

We met Noelle a few weeks ago when I interviewed her about caring for her mother with hospice support.  Since we last talked to her, her mother died last month after five and a half months in hospice.  Nicole describes those five months as a “slow free fall” and her current state of grief as feeling numb. The death of a parent is a profound loss; both because of the relationship that came before and […]


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