Episode 46: Meredith Sinel On Emotional PPE and Hospice Care During the Pandemic

From graduate school, she was appointed to work on the Women’s Campaign where she collaborated with Jewish women from around the state of Rhode Island and Southern Massachusetts, assisting in leadership development and strengthening women’s voices in philanthropy. 

After her first child was born, she pursued her Chaplaincy dream and worked in Miriam Hospital’s cancer unit and surgical intensive care units during her CPE residency. She worked for over 2 years at the VNA Care New England as a Hospice Chaplain and for the past 6 years (and currently) as a behavioral health clinician in Emergency Departments. 

Her unique perspective and ability to help others suffering from mental health and/or addiction and serving those individuals at end of life, is the reason Meredith says she feels honored to do this holy work.

Episode 45: A Conversation with The Rev. Dr. Andrew Goodhead on Memorialization and Free Writing.

Dr. Goodhead is a Methodist Minister with 14 years Church based experience gained in several localities throughout the UK, both urban and rural. In his role at St Christopher’s Andrew is concerned to ensure that all End-of-Life Care professionals have the skills and confidence to offer spiritual assessment and ongoing support to all patients and their families. 

He has a particular interest in the concept of spiritual pain as a way of understanding spiritual need. For patients with faith needs Andrew is developing the pastoral and religious role of the Spiritual Care Lead. Andrew graduated in 2014 with the King’s College, London, MSc in Palliative Care. His dissertation explored the experiences and attitudes of community clergy in caring for dying people. 

Andrew has published his thesis with Wipf & Stock (USA) under the title A Crown and a Cross; the Origins, Development and Decline of the Methodist Class Meeting in Eighteenth Century England. 

In November 2010, Mortality published the results of Andrew’s research into memorialization: A textual analysis of memorials written by bereaved individuals and families in a hospice context. In July 2011, The European Journal of Palliative Care published Physiotherapy in Palliative care: the interface between function and meaning, this is a philosophical examination of how physical ability affects the way in which meaning can be made. 

His most recent paper, (accepted by Palliative Medicine) based on his MSc dissertation study is ‘I think you just learnt as you went along’ – Community clergy’s experiences of and attitudes towards caring for dying people: a pilot study [in process of publication]. Andrew is a co facilitator for the Spirituality Education Group on the European Association of Palliative Care and a member of the Spirituality Taskforce of the EAPC.

Episode 44: A Conversation with Cathy Siebold about the early years of the hospice movement

In this interview, Cathy Siebold who has witnessed firsthand the evolution of hospice care since its modern incarnation in the 1960s, presents a balanced and objective analysis of the movement’s accomplishments and failings.

You can also read more about that in her book “The Hospice Movement: Easing Death’s Pains.” 

She uses social movement theory to frame her discussion. Siebold traces the bell curve of growth, maturity, and decline that, to a point, has characterized the hospice movement. Founded by a diverse group of religious leaders, nurses, social workers, and laypeople, the movement was galvanized by the plight of a silent majority: dying patients, often isolated from family and friends in a hospital where intensive, last-ditch efforts to “cure” them were valued more than their own comfort and wishes. In its struggle to survive, the movement coalesced fairly quickly around the goal of securing eligibility for reimbursement from federally funded and private insurers. The movement attained this goal in the 1980s, giving the entire concept of hospice care legitimacy and, ironically, a secure place within the same health care system early hospice activists had struggled to escape. 

You can purchase the book here on amazon.

Episode 43: A Conversation with Film Producer Terence Youk on his film “The Pioneers of Hospice.”

Terence Youk began work in film and television production in1986, first as a composer and later writing, producing, directing, and editing independent documentaries, crafting promotional media and producing news spots for a variety of broadcast clients. Under the auspices of the production company, Brook Hollow Productions, Inc., he has collaborated with carefully selected creative and technical associates according to the unique requirements of each production.


His programs for broadcast have aired on PBS, A&E, the Wisdom Channel as well as independent distributors of educational and presentation films crafted for nonprofit institutions, including: Thich Nhat Hanh & Plum Village, National Hospice Foundation, Institute of East-West Medicine and many others. He also has served as a freelance producer for several new gathering entities, including CNN, NBC, MSNBC, and ABC news.



Producer, production & editor credits include National Geographic (Most Mad Seas), A&E (Most Mad Seas), Wisdom Channel (Thich Nhat Hanh: Roots of Peace)( now defunct), PBS National (Body & Soul), CT Public television (Backyard Bird Watcher), Outdoor Life Channel (Fly Fishing in the East). News Gathering: CNN, NBC News, MSNBC, ABC news. Promotional media content: National Hospice Foundation, NHPCO, VNA of Vermont, NH VNA & Vermont Institute of Natural Science.


Award-winning independently produced films include: Thich Nhat Hanh: Roots of Peace, Numen: The Nature of Plants and Pioneers of Hospice & the Birth of Modern Hospice and The Next Dali Lama? (Director Mickey Lemle) released in 2017 (served as assistant editor).


You can find more of Terence Youk’s work on his website HERE.

Episode 42: A Conversation with Charles James Parker

In today’s episode, Saul Ebema sits down to talk remotely with Charles James Parker- the new Director of Hospice Division for the Spiritual Care Association.
Here is a little insight about Charles James Parker.
• Originally from Long Island NY
• Prior Active-Duty Air Force (over 17 years)
• Ministry over 12 years
• Chaplaincy background includes: Acute Care, Oncology, Palliative Care, and Hospice.
• Currently serves as a hospice chaplain/bereavement coordinator in Biloxi MS.
• Adjunct Professor with the University of Theology and Spirituality.

Episode 40: One on one with Chelsea Hanson- Author of the new book “The Sudden Loss Survival Guide: 7 Essential Practices to Heal Grief

Her simple-to-read approach helps anyone experiencing the “grief brain” better navigate the immediate aftermath of unexpected loss.  Chelsea’s book is a wonderful reminder that grief is not insurmountable, and with courage and action you can move through it in one piece.

The Sudden Loss Survival Guide is available for purchase on Amazon and on Amazon Kindle Unlimited. You can also order directly on Chelsea Hanson’s Website to receive a free bonus. 

Episode 39: A conversation with Katy Butler

Katy Butler is also a thought leader in the national movement for medical reform.  A popular speaker on doctor-patient communication and the choices families face near the end of life, Katy has given keynotes and Grand Rounds at Harvard Medical School, Kaiser Permanente, UCSF, and elsewhere. 

Born in South Africa and raised in Oxford, England, Katy came to America as a girl, earned a BA from Wesleyan University, and was a staff reporter for The San Francisco Chronicle. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker; Mother Jones; Scientific American,Atlantic,, Tricycle, Psychotherapy Networker; Best American Essays, and Best American Science Writing.

Episode 38: The Rev. Dr. Andrew Goodhead on the legacy of Dame Cicely Saunders and St. Christopher’s Hospice.

Dame Cicely Saunders was born in 1918, the oldest of three children.  She was educated at Roedean School (1932 to 1937) and then went to St Anne’s College Oxford to read PPE.  The war intervened and with the sense that she wanted to do something more useful, she left to study nursing at St Thomas’ Hospital, qualifying in 1944.  After the war, she returned to St Anne’s and in one year completed her degree and got a Diploma in Public and Social Administration passing with distinction, then moved on to become a Lady Almoner.

Her interest in palliative care and pain control developed early.  From 1945 as an Almoner and then working in hospice care as a volunteer nurse, she was involved with the aftercare of patients with terminal illness.  She saw what was needed, particularly better pain control, and started planning a specialized hospice in the late 1950s.

Cicely Saunders opened St. Christopher’s – the first modern hospice in the world in 1967. Cicely planned that St Christopher’s would be the first research and teaching hospice linking expert pain and symptom control, compassionate care, teaching and clinical research, pioneering the field of palliative care. 

Episode 37: A Conversation with Dr. Shirli Regev

She coached judo and also competed internationally. She wrote 7 books about self-development, spirituality, and growth, some of which she co-authored with Dr. Rabbi Gil Tivon. 


Today she is a Holistic Counseling Doctor. 


Holistic healing coaching addresses all parts of an individual’s life, not just the physical aspect. It’s an ongoing journey of discovery in search of more answers, tools, skills, and understanding how to live better, healthier and owning your life’s journey.