Death and Dying in the 21st Century

A Special Lake Effect Series

Lake Effect producer Stephanie Lecci explores issues surrounding death and dying in the 21st century.

Lecci was inspired to research the topic after the loss of her own grandmother in hospice. Thanks to a scholarship from the Religion Newswriters Association, she then took the Control of Life and Death course at Alverno College.

In this series, Lecci looks at the ethical and legal issues surrounding end-of-life care, caregiver stress, the importance of advanced directives, the growth of the palliative care movement and the difficulty in discussing death with children.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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