Death and Dying

Consider the Conversation

Death is universal, but so is the seeming reluctance to talk about it – but why?

Grieving Mom Honors Late Daughter with 'Legacy Letters'

Sep 12, 2013
Leah Dobkin

A few years ago on the show, we spoke with Shorewood writer Leah Dobkin about a new business she was launching called "Legacy Letters."

How to Write the Letter of Your Life

Aug 29, 2013
Legacy Letters

There's a saying about death and one's possessions that goes "You can't take it with you."

Book Offers Lessons for Life from the Dying

Jun 17, 2013
Cheri Milton

Last year, Lake Effect broadcast a series of conversations about death and dying in the modern world. It turns out, for most of us in the United States – where death often happens away from home – we tend to shy away from talking about the inevitable.

Right about this time two years ago, the night before the Green Bay Packers won Super Bowl XLV, several hundred people in Oconomowoc were definitely not talking about football. They had just seen the documentary "Consider the Conversation," which tackles a fairly taboo subject in our culture: dying.

For the past two weeks, we've been running a series on issues related to death and dying. These are topics we as a society generally don't like to talk about, but as Lake Effect producer Stephanie Lecci found out, conversations about end-of-life care have a big impact on the stress that people and their caregivers face as they approach death. Figuring out what kind of end-of-life care you want and communicating those wishes, however, are difficult conversations to have with loved ones and doctors.

Photo courtesy of Krause Funeral Homes, Plasz Family

All this week and last, producer Stephanie Lecci has brought us a series on the different aspects surrounding death and dying in the 21st century. We’ve heard about ethical issues, caregiver stress, talking about death with children, and the palliative care movement.

Know Your Dying Loved Ones Values and Wishes

Oct 5, 2012

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci will conclude her series Friday on death and dying in the 21st century. She joined WUWM's Bob Bach during Morning Edition, to discuss the reasons she addressed the subject and what the series uncovered.

Photo courtesy of Horizon Hospice and Home Care

Yesterday on our death and dying in the 21st Century series, we heard about a special group of volunteers who work with the Final Hours Program at Horizon Hospice and Home Care. In patients' homes and in the hospice's inpatient unit in Mequon, these volunteers sit with patients as they approach the last hours of their lives. The volunteers offer support to the patients and their families in what is a very difficult time...but what is the experience like for the volunteers?

Photo by CORBIS

Sometimes, despite the best efforts of doctors and the determination of a patient, there's just nothing more to be done to fight against a terminal illness. As we heard yesterday on our death and dying in the 21st century series, palliative care can then offer medical, emotional and even spiritual support as treatment to cure a life-threatening illness transitions into quality-of-life management.