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WBEZ’s Tony Sarabia takes on a topic we often don't like even thinking about: death.
Last Updated on July 6th, 2017

Death is something we will all face, but it’s not something we can all easily talk about. 

In a series of interviews, call-ins and personal stories, Morning Shift helps you and your loved ones have the talk that can bring dignity and integrity to the end of life. Experts walk through the key terms and questions, professionals explain why discussing death will bring more comfort in the end and families remind us to celebrate life.

Morning Shift

Why We Keep Death In The Closet

A bioethicist says the taboo of talking about death started when it turned into a business.
June 12, 2017

Morning Shift

After Husband’s Early Death, Journalist Educates Others On End Of Life

TV reporter Randi Belisomo watched her husband die from cancer, but they never actually discussed that he was dying.
June 13, 2017

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For Some, Death Is Part Of The Job

As a nurse at an in-patient hospice care center, Maggie McMeekin’s job is to help the dying and their families find comfort in the end.
June 14, 2017

Morning Shift

Talking To Patients About Death

Dr. Jalal Baig says doctors still struggle to tell a patient, or their family, that they are going to die.
June 14, 2017

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‘Quality, Not Quantity’: Making The Most Of A Life Cut Short

Experts says all children and families are different in having the conversation, and sometimes that means it’s best not to have.
June 15, 2017

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Surviving Childhood Cancer Does Not Mean The Disease Is Left Behind

Adrian Abuanza was diagnosed with cancer when he was 6 years old. He's now 24 and cancer-free. He and his family reflect on his diagnoses.
June 15, 2017

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Each Patient — And Family — Prepares For The Unthinkable Differently

Specialists at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital discuss how they help young patients diagnosed with chronic or terminal diseases.
June 15, 2017

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Starting Each Day By Asking ‘Who Died?’

A new documentary looks at the lives of the obituary writers at the 'New York Times.'
June 16, 2017

Morning Shift

Writing The Headline To A Person’s Life

'Chicago Sun-Times' obituary writer Maureen O'Donnell tells us about her writing process and how to craft a great obit headline.
June 16, 2017

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Listeners Weigh In On Death And Dying

'Morning Shift' listeners share their personal stories of loss and end-of-life care.
June 16, 2017

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