Death and Dying

Health & Science
5:02 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Film Asks 'How Would You Like to Live At the End of Your Life?'

Filmmakers Michael Bernhagen (center) and Terry Kahldusdal (far right) interview a caregiver and her mother about end-of-life decisions.
Credit Consider the Conversation

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews "Consider the Conversation" co-producer Michael Bernhagen and Kelly Andrew, director of development for the Milwaukee area's Horizon Home Care and Hospice.

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

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Arts & Culture
7:00 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Grieving Mom Honors Late Daughter with 'Legacy Letters'

Leah Dobkin's late daughter, Hannah Rose, had a special connection with animals and dreamed of being an oceanographer. Dobkin was inspired by Hannah to create the "Honor Your Angel" Legacy Letters.
Credit Leah Dobkin

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews Leah Dobkin, founder of Legacy Letters.

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

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Arts & Culture
4:48 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

How to Write the Letter of Your Life

Leah Dobkin's "Legacy Letters" help pass along the memories and wisdom we accumulate throughout life.
Credit Legacy Letters

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews Legacy Letters founder Leah Dobkin.

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

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Health & Science
6:17 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Book Offers Lessons for Life from the Dying

A new book tells the stories of hospice patients.
Credit Cheri Milton

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews author Cheri Milton about "Before You Go."

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.

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Death and Dying
10:51 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Film Asks 'How Would You Like to Live At the End of Your Life?'

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews Co-Producer Michael Bernhagen and Kelly Andrew, director of development for the Milwaukee area's Horizon Home Care and Hospice.

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.

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Death and Dying
2:58 pm
Sat October 6, 2012

Conversation Project Facilitates Conversations About End-of-Life Choices

How do you talk about what kind of care you want at the end of your life?

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.

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Death and Dying
3:12 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Milwaukee Woman Shares Her Life - and End-of-Life - Story

Desiree Plasz, 90, spent her final months in hospice after what she calls a "quiet life."
Credit 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.

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Death and Dying
3:05 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Know Your Dying Loved Ones Values and Wishes

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.

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Death and Dying
3:18 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Hospice Volunteer Reflects on 'Special Time' at End of Life

Horizon hospice volunteer, Donna Bartolone
Credit 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?

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Death and Dying
3:27 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Hospice's Final Hours Program Ensures No Patient Dies Alone

Volunteers at Horizon Hospice and Home Care offer comfort to patients and families in the final hours of life.
Credit 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.

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