Alica Forneret is the Founder and Executive Director of PAUSE, a nonprofit focused on supporting Communities of Color through grief and end of life. Alica and PAUSE will be hosting a BIPOC meetup during lunchtime at End Well 2023 on November 16th in Los Angeles. Tell us a bit about yourself. My name is Alica Forneret […]
We are absolutely devastated and gutted by the horrific acts of terror and violence happening in Israel. As an organization focused on helping people navigate grief and loss, we reached out to our friend and grief expert Claire Bidwell Smith to share some things we can do to help process our feelings and take care […]
Pieter Deknudt is a Belgian singer-songwriter who transformed personal loss into a movement. He is at the forefront of Belgium’s ‘Mourning Revolution’. We had the pleasure of asking Piete a few questions in advance of his appearance at the End Well Symposium on November 16th in Los Angeles. “In good times, humans have a great talent […]
D.S. Moss is the host of The Adventures of Memento Mori podcast and a chaplain whose abiding sense of existential angst has led him in directions he’d never have expected as he seeks to explore the meaning of life. We had the pleasure of asking D.S. a few questions in advance of his appearance at […]
In this intimate conversation, our guest, a seasoned pediatric ICU nurse, delves deep into the juxtaposition of her unique professional backdrop with the broader end-of-life conversation. Hear more from Hui-wen Sato at the End Well Symposium on November 16th in Los Angeles. “I think the most significant societal belief about death and dying that needs to […]
Tembi Locke has spent a decade as an advocate for greater grief awareness and the issues facing caregivers. Now, after having written and adapted her memoir From Scratch for screen, she also speaks about the art of beginning again, rebuilding, and reimagining after loss. We had the joy of learning more about Tembi in advance […]
“Healing from loss means making our lives worth the pain we endure when we lose someone we love. And that transforming through grief is an opportunity afforded to all.” Claire Bidwell Smith is a renowned therapist, grief expert, and author. After losing both of her parents at a young age, Claire was drawn to helping […]
While many might imagine AI’s role in end-of-life scenarios to be the stuff of sci-fi, reality paints a different, more heartfelt picture. More individuals are now turning to AI chatbots for support in saying their final goodbyes and expressing their grief. Imagine tools like ChatGPT as digital confidants. They’re sparking important discussions about their potential […]
As a palliative care physician, Chris Adrian, MD has witnessed the experience of many bereaved parents who are able to find healing from their grief. However, he’s also seen parents who feel trapped in their pain and unreachable through standard modalities of care. Determined that these parents not be left behind, Chris challenges us to […]
Legendary saxophonist Mike Phillips is joined by over a dozen incredible musicians for a New Orleans-style second line tribute to the lives we’ve lost this year and the love we hope to take forward from these difficult times.
For most of us, an obituary is the last public record of our life, yet we rely on others to write it. Author and reluctant grief expert Nora McInerny thinks this is just plain weird. She shares why she and her first husband, Aaron, co-wrote his obituary and how being a bit loose with the […]
Pop culture figure Andy Cohen’s recovery from COVID-19 left him determined to reshape the conversation around illness, loss and grief. With his signature candor and finger on the pulse of pop culture, Andy suggests we might all learn to get a little bit better at showing up for others.
There was no ceremony to say goodbye to the man transgender activist Paula Stone Williams was before she transitioned. Despite being a pastor by training, Paula was unprepared for the despair this death before death triggered for her and those she loved. Combining tremendous honesty and expansive spirituality, Paula offers comfort at a time when […]
Coming from a place of profound personal loss, Maria Shriver speaks with therapist and grief expert Claire Bidwell Smith about the complexities of grief—whether for a person, animal or the life you thought you were going to have—and how it can be met through kindness, compassion and grace.
For children, the death of a loved one can be particulary devastating. 13-year old Rylie Kearns shares her experience of losing her father and learning what she believes is the most important truth of all—you’re not alone. She hopes by speaking publicly she can reach other children who may not believe they will ever feel […]
When her father Senator John McCain died, The View co-host and columnist Meghan McCain plunged into tremendous loss and grief. Through this experience, Meghan now fights to challenge taboos and destigmatize conversations about grief and death. She talks with physician and advocate Lucy Kalanithi, MD.
Cambia Health Foundation President Peggy Maguire believes in strategic philanthropy as a powerful catalyst for transforming the end of life experience and elevating the role of caregivers. Courtney Martin has a parallel career giving voice to emerging ideas and individuals as a means of generating solutions. Together, they share their vision for for a future […]
Rebecca Soffer and her partner founded Modern Loss so they and others could share the full and candid experience of grieving. What she learned in the process is that speaking about grief is a universal experience that can unite people no matter their backgrounds or beliefs.
Palliative care physicians Dawn Gross and Jessica Zitter share their inspiration for creating Death Ed, a course about dying for teens.