Talking Death and Dying with End-of-Life University


I recently had the opportunity to participate in a wonderful online interview series as one of six other featured speakers in End-of-Life University 2013. This collection of interviews explored the multi-varied aspects of aging and the end-of-life.

The host of the series, Karen Wyatt, MD, kicked off the event discussing why we need an “End-of-Life University.” With her extensive experience in this field, including many years as a hospice medical director, Dr. Wyatt brings both her own wisdom and the wisdom of those she has cared for to her work. In her marvelous book, What Really Matters: 7 Lessons for Living from the Stories of the Dying, she shares some of this profound insight and how we can honor that wisdom in our daily lives.

Other speakers included: Ira Byock, a palliative physician and author, Lisa Powers, an elder law and estate planning advisor, Laura Schlafly, career coach, Cathy Severson, retirement coach, and Merilynne Rush, a representative of After Death Home Care and a “Green” Burial Consultant.

During my interview I gave an overview of my personal and scientific odyssey to understand death and how an informed discourse around it affects the way we live our lives. You can hear my conversation in its entirety below. Enjoy!


About Marilyn Schlitz

Marilyn Schlitz, Ph.D. is a social anthropologist, researcher, award winning writer, and charismatic public speaker. She serves as President Emeritus and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Additionally, she is a Senior Scientist at the California Pacific Medical Center, where she focuses on health and healing, and board member of Pacifica Graduate Institute. For more than three decades, Marilyn has been a leader in the field of consciousness studies. Her research and extensive publications focus on personal and social transformation, cultural pluralism, extended human capacities, and mind body medicine. She has a depth of leadership experience in government, business, and the not-for-profit sectors. Her broad and varied work has given her a unique ability to help individuals and organizations identify and develop personal and interpersonal skills and capacities needed by 21st century leaders. Her books include: Consciousness and Healing: Integral Approaches to Mind Body Medicine; Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life; and Death Makes Life Possible. She also wrote and produced a feature film, Death Makes Life Possible, with Deepak Chopra, that has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Network. She is currently creating enrichment programs for life long learning and health professionals.
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