Laura Miner is certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying, and Bereavement through the Association for Death Education and Counseling. Dedicated to compassionate end-of-life care for over 20 years, she has been employed as a hospice worker in New Mexico and in Hawaii. She is currently self-employed and resides in Maui. In her spare time, she can be found laughing out loud, writing in her journal, practicing pilates, out dancing salsa, or even dancing in her living room.

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Show Notes

  • Educating the community about what hospice is – 2:20
  • Why she started with death – 3:19
  • Surrounding death and dying – 4:20
  • Fear of death: you are here to live – 5:39
  • Dancing with death – 5:58
  • It is like a fire when someone is dying – 8:34
  • With death, there is no schedule – 11:15
  • The end is unknown – 12:15
  • Laura’s patient story – 13:10
  • An angel in Laura’s life: Ed – 16:06
  • Lisa reads some cards for Laura – 19:13
  • Allowing energy to flow naturally – 20:30
  • There is still the essence of the soul – 24:08
  • Lisa reads some cards about the idea of the end of life – 27:16 
  • Think about what kind of care you want – 27:40
  • How you want your end of life to look – 27:59
  • Beings of love and light thoughts – 29:00


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One Response to “Dancing with Death and End of Life Care with Laura Miner – Episode 91”

  1. Jenna

    I enjoyed Lisa’s interview with Laura Miner. People often are not very knowledgeable about hospice unless they are directly exposed to it in some way like Laura was. It sounds like one of the big benefits of hospice is the family can be provided with the help they need to take care of the dying loved one, but still be involved with the person’s death instead of it being hidden away. It is great how Lisa and Laura helped with a program to educate the community about what hospice is.

    I like how Lisa and Laura talk about how some people are comfortable with the idea of death and others are not, and how once people are comfortable with death that opens them up to being able to help more effectively and make better decisions about the dying process. I agree with what they are saying about how people feel like they always must do something when a person is dying. That is true in many situations, not just when someone is dying. There are certain times the best action is inaction, and that can be difficult for people to accept. Even when someone is near the end of life and there is not much more that can be done, people often want to keep trying other medical interventions (or even as Lisa and Laura talk about, feeding a person who no longer wants to be fed) even if it prolongs the person’s suffering. People many times feel guilty about a situation if they don’t take some type of action, even if that action is counterproductive.

    I always appreciate when Lisa and her podcast guests discuss how death awareness is not morbid, but instead allows us to feel even more alive. This is such an important message to communicate, and Lisa is doing a good job of that in her podcast episodes. It allows us to appreciate things more, and in my opinion, helps us to not be as annoyed by petty and small things. It gives us a different perspective to realize that we only have so much time in life, and spending time being resentful or angry at others, or putting a lot of effort into petty grudges, is just not a good way to live life. In recent years since I have become more death aware, I have spent much less time worrying about things I don’t have any control over, and instead focus on what I do have the ability to influence.

    I think most people fear the dying process more than the actual death itself, and I agree with Lisa and Laura that people can and should plan their wishes in advance and talk about them with relatives. Planning in advance does not mean for certain that the person’s loved ones will follow the instructions that were left, but if the wishes are specified in advance that can be helpful to those who are left behind when making decisions.

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