When death is part of what you do
Our exploration of death started last week with a primer episode of sorts about this universal and deeply personal topic. We tend to look at it as a confounding mystery that evokes emotions of fear, sorrow and uncertainty, which is why we started by simply talking about how we talk about it.
In today's episode, we direct our focus toward individuals who stand at the forefront of death. Armed with their distinct perspectives and experiences, we strive to fathom how those who grapple with death on a daily basis perceive this inexorable facet of our existence.
When thinking of this episode, my first thought was looking into a hospital and more specifically speaking to someone who can shed light on palliative care. You’ll first hear from Dr. Lara India, based at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin, who broke down misconceptions and offered insights into the nature of death and its impact on her personal life through the lens of patient care.
Later, we delve into the world of investigative journalists — those who unearth uncomfortable truths and relentlessly pursue answers when closure remains elusive. Joining us is Gina Barton, the host of "Unsolved," a true-crime podcast series presented by USA Today and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. In our conversation, she provides a glimpse into the emotional weight of her profession and the dedication required to navigate the complexities of death.
Listen to the full episode using the player at the top of the page, and follow along all month as we continue to shed light on this traditionally — and perhaps unfairly characterized — dark topic:
- Episode 1 — Embracing the conversation about death
- Episode 2 — When death is part of what you do
- Episode 3 — The uncharted journey of life after loss
- Episode 4 — Death on our screens and in our cultures
- Episode 5 — Celebrating life and the lessons we can learn from death