Dishing Doulas Podcast

Barbara Karnes, RN, is an internationally respected speaker, educator, author, and thought leader on matters of end of life. She is a renowned authority on the dying process and a leading educator for families, and healthcare professionals, so we might think she would have known exactly what to expect when her husband Jack died last September. Well to her surprise, she has had a lot to learn as a new widow and has come to appreciate how the grief of a widow looks very different than any other grief. In her own words, Barbara says “I thought I knew about grief, but I didn’t know about this grief.” 

Barbara is opening to a vulnerable conversation about her experiences as a widow, and some of the things she didn’t fully appreciate or understand until now. Through her storytelling, Barbara hopes to help those working in end-of-life care to become more educated and compassionate in the ways they support caregiver partners who will soon become widows/ers, or new widows. This is a unique form of loss, and therefore their needs are different too.  

With a belief that life is our teacher, Barbara is committed to embracing her new role as a “single” and is learning every day how to discover who she is in this new place in her life. 

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Kim Orth

Thank you Barbara! This Podcast is pure gold! As a certified hospice and palliative licensed nurse and a widow this resonates so much. My neighbor is going through EOL and the hospice journey with her husband (I am blessed to be able to help as a friend and professional) I just sent this podcast to her. Thank you again! Kim, LPN, CHPLN
BK Books replied:
Hi Kim, You are welcome. Blessings to you and your friend. Barbara

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