Season 1

Episode 2: Denial


This week we start with the first stage offered by Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, namely Denial. What’s the difference between active denial and passive denial? Our template consists of two basic questions: 1) what leads to a good death? and 2) what leads to a good life? Listen in as we discuss this stage of death and dying.


Kübler-Ross, Dr. Elisabeth, On Death and Dying: What the Dying Have to Teach Doctors, Nurses, Clergy and Their Own Families (New York: Scribner, 1969).

Becker, Ernest, The Denial of Death (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1973). After receiving a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Syracuse University, Dr. Ernest Becker (1924-1974) taught at the University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco State College, and Simon Fraser University, Canada. He is survived by his wife, Marie, and a foundation that bears his name–The Ernest Becker Foundation.


What is Hospice? During a terminal illness, you or your loved ones may talk with your doctor and decide the treatments meant to cure or slow a disease are no longer working, or you’re ready to stop them. Your doctor can make a referral for hospice care, also known as end-of-life care. Hospice provides a relief from pain, either caused by the illness or the symptoms. Early 19th century: from French, from Latin hospitium, from hospes, hospit-(see host1). Most health care providers offer hospice, check with your local provider.

Jackass(TV Series 2000-2002)

Ironic, Alanis Morrisette, from David’s favorite album: Jagged Little Pill(1995)

Learn more about Andrew Chirch, David Greenson, and Jessica Shine(hyperlink to either the DF website or various sites for our names?)

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