Aspen Ideas is an annual health gathering of healthcare and public health practitioners, researchers, business leaders, policymakers, advocates, artists, and journalists around the globe to elevate and accelerate bold approaches to better health for all. Despite knowing that death is the common thread that unites us, we tend to keep the topic at arm’s length. Acknowledging the inevitability of death, contemplating what we wish the end to look like, and sharing our thoughts with loved ones can make our final moments profoundly meaningful. Aid-in-dying legislation, the availability of death doulas to assist in the dying process, even green burials and body composting, make it possible to end life on our own terms. Panelist include:
Dr. Lucy Goddard Kalanithi, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford University and an advocate for culture change around healthcare value. She is the widow of Dr. Paul Kalanithi, author of the #1 New York Times-bestselling memoir When Breath Becomes Air.
- Katrina Spade: Founder of Recompose, a company that supports human composting and working to legalize it in more states and, eventually, around the world.
Recordings of Webinars and Podcasts
Finding Your Pathway Back After Loss with Kimberley Pittman-Schulz and Compassion & Choice
In times of loss and transition, finding your way back to a place of healing can be challenging. During this enlightening online session, Kimberley Pittman-Schulz, renowned grief and life transitions mentor, coach and author, introduces her groundbreaking model: The Four Grief Releasing Pathways. Each pathway is designed to guide you through the healing process, providing a unique approach to understanding and processing grief. Aired 11/9/23
Beyond Grief: Unveiling the Power of Resilience with Robert Pardi
As a seasoned life coach and author, Robert Pardi brings a wealth of wisdom on navigating the intricate path of resilience in the face of grief. In this workshop, Robert shares compelling stories and guide participants through a journey of reimagining, rebuilding and living forward. Aired 10/18/23
As the End Nears: Dying With Dementia
Watch As the End Nears Dying With Dementia. Join Dr. Natalie Young, geriatrician and palliative care physician at the University of California San Francisco, will discuss late-stage dementia and what to expect at the end of life. Aired 8/14/23
As the End Nears: Dying With ALS
Watch As the End Nears: Dying With ALS. with Dr. Kara Bischoff, palliative care physician and medical director of the University of California San Francisco Palliative Care Program, as she discusses late-stage ALS and what to expect at the end of life with this illness. Aired 7/5/23
As the End Nears: Dying With Metastatic Cancer
Join us for the conversation As the End Nears: Dying With Metastatic Cancer. Dr. Christina Yeon, hematologist and medical oncologist with City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, will discuss late-stage cancer and explore what to expect at the end of life. Aired 5/30/23
Focus On with Ricardo Thomas: Recognizing AANHPI Heritage Month
Join our host and financial planner Ricardo Thomas and Suzanna Tiapula, a Hawai’i attorney and community engagement consultant, as she shares her unique story and highlights the incorporation of culture and art in her efforts to empower the Pacific Islander and Micronesian communities around end-of-life care. Aired 5/25/23
The Spirituality of Grief with Rev. Dr. Fran Shelton
Zeena Regis has a conversation with Rev. Dr. Fran Shelton about her new book, The Spirituality of Grief. The book honors the complex nature of grief and offers simple comfort: We are not alone, and there is no one right way to grieve. Aired 5/18/23
Reigniting Resilience: It’s About Bouncing Beyond with Robert Pardin
Have you forgotten how to access your resilience? Join Compassion & Choices’ Senior Director of Legacy & Planned Giving Sam Young and life coach and author, Robert Pardi, for a conversation about how resilience is found at the intersection of three life domains: purpose, perspective, and personal power. Aired 4/30/23
|Encouraging Lively Conversations about Death
|Focus On with Ricardo Thomas: A Lack of Planning is Hazardous to Your Health and Wealth Aired 4/24/23
|As the End Nears: Dying With Kidney Failure Aired 4/18/23
|Perspectives from Death Doulas: Learn how a death doula can add value to your end-of-life care team Aired 4/13/23
|Inviting Joy Into Grief A Conversation About Living With Loss and With Joy Aired 4/6/23
|Empowerment at the End of Life: Charting your Dementia Journey Aired 4/5/23
|National Doctors Day Webinar – Bedside Stories: My Role as Healer at the End of Life Aired 3/30/23
|Conversations that Count: Advance Care Planning Aired 3/29/23
|Spanish Advance Healthcare Directive workshop : Taller de Directiva Anticipada de Cuidados de Salud Aired 3/24/23
|As the End Nears Dying with Heart Failure Aired 3/22/23
|Focus On With Ricardo Thomas: Celebrating Women in the End-of-Life Care Movement Aired 3/21/23
|Aging Well Series - Compassion and Choices Presentation Aired 3/16/23
|Death & Grief Talk Podcast with the Grave Woman Aired 11/22/22
|Trailblazers in the Financial World Recorded on February 11th, 2023.
|Navigating Dementia Recorded on September 27, 2022.
|Day Schildkret Special Event Recorded on August 17, 2022.
|A Death Lived with Martha Calihan, M.D. Recorded on July 29, 2022.
|The Song of Our Scars: the Untold Story of Pain with Dr. Haider Warraich Recorded on June 21, 2022.
|Wooden Nickels National Event Recorded on June 16, 2022.
|Inspired to Share: Four Stories of Intentional Living at the End of Life Recorded on June 2, 2022.
|Catholics for Compassion: Living and Dying According to Conscience Recorded on May 2, 2022.
|Death, Dignity and Disabilities: a Discussion Recorded on March 31, 2022.