Unveiling Death: Eternity in About 24 Minutes

As a rabbi, I try to provide spiritual and emotional comfort to the dying and bereaved. Preparing eulogies is a meaningful aspect of my work; I am telling the story of a life. On Unveiling Death, I talk to fellow clergy, end-of-life professionals, obituary writers, those who’ve had near death experiences, and others. It’s a deep dive into the Great Hereafter, the Final Frontier, the Ultimate Trip. It’s Unveiling Death: Eternity in About 24 Minutes. Every other Monday Host: Jeffrey Weill Creative Director and Editor: Sammy Weill Music: The Night Owls of Chicago

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Episodes

4 days ago

Loved Ones in Hospice: Time in Slow Motion with Anne McKernan
 
In this episode, I speak with Anne McKernan, an assistant superintendent of schools in West Hartford, Connecticut. We discuss her sensation of how time slowed down as her loved ones neared death. Anne also talks about her mom’s “dreams” shortly before she died of her own grandmother, wearing black and standing by a window.
 
Anne enjoys studying mythology, cultural narratives, and religions, which enrich her understanding of humanity's diversity and inform her perspective on education and personal growth.
 
Podcast Email: unveilingdeath@gmail.com

Monday Jul 01, 2024

"The Hospice Social Worker" A conversation with Jules Pelican. My guest is Jules Pelican, a social worker at Providence Hospice in Sonoma and Napa Counties in California. Jules discusses why this work brings her joy, the “right to folly,” and whether constant proximity to death takes an emotional toll.

Monday Jun 17, 2024

Gary Spruch and I discuss how death, meditation, sex, and psychedelics offer oblivion. We explore the Jewish attitude toward death, which may not be oblivion at all. Gary is a student of Judaism, Emmanuel Levinas, and religion.

Monday Jun 17, 2024

In this episode I speak with Death Café facilitator, Donna Stein-Harris. Donna spent most of her career in the community safety and health field, including working with the National Safety Council to develop Safe Communities America.
 
The Death Café concept was first conceived in Europe a couple of decades ago. It was then formally organized in England. Today, Death Café meetings take place in more than 80 countries. According to its website, “At a Death Cafe people…gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. Our objective is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.”
 
Editor/Creative Director: Sammy Weill
Music: The Night Owls of Chicago

Monday Jun 17, 2024

Rabbi Norry is Interim Rabbi for Beth Shalom Synagogue in Columbia, South Carolina. A master teacher and public speaker, Rabbi Norry is on faculty at Agnes Scott College in Georgia and serves as the lead Jewish chaplain for the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office. He is a Third Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo, a firearms instructor, and musician. 

Monday Jun 17, 2024

At the beginning of the COVID pandemic, Gary Merrill had a Near Death Experience (NDE) some time after he was placed on a ventilator. In this episode of Death Pod, I talk to Gary about that experience and how it has shaped his outlook on life. Gary is a retired lieutenant and shift commander from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.

Monday Jun 17, 2024

A frank talk between me, a rabbi, and Henry, a minister, about heaven and hell and how clergy should offer sacred presence to the dying and to those who mourn. Pastor Biar, ordained in the Lutheran Missouri Synod, serves St. Paul Lutheran Church in Skokie, Illinois. 

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