PODCASTS

The Bridge C-14 Podcast explores topics surrounding Medical Assistance in Dying to bring the conversation out of the shadows. We hold in-depth conversations with experts in the area and have inspiring, and at times, heartbreaking conversations with people who have firsthand experience with the procedure.

Our podcast is all about providing knowledge, celebrating courage and demystifying MAiD to help create a more compassionate conversation.  

 

Podcast Shortcuts

Episode #1: An Introduction to MAiD with Mike Kekewich

Episode #2: The Provider Experience with Dr. Viren Naik

Episode #3: The Journey of Grief after MAiD with Lauren Clark, President & CEO of Bridge C-14 

 

Episode #4: Love, Loss and Life After MAiD with Jana Buhlmann

Episode #5: The Gift of MAiD with Nikki Gouzopoulos

Episode #6: One Week to Prepare with Robin Farr

Episode #7: "If you haven't said goodbye yet, what are you waiting for?" with Dave Keystone

Episode #8: "Part 1: You aren't going to tell the kids, are you?" with Cynthia Clark

Episode #9: "Part 2: What did you say to the kids?" with Cynthia Clark

Episode #10: "Part 3: Will he die at home?" with Cynthia Clark

Episode #11: "Death and Grief Literacy in the Age of MAiD" with Chelsea Peddle

Episode #12: "KORU - Deathcare Redefined, Ceremony Re-Imagined" with Ngaio Davis

Episode #13: "Changing Attitudes to Cultural Shifts: Where MAiD and End of Life Fit In" with Jeff Corcoran

Episode #1:
An Introduction to MAiD with Mike Kekewich

For many the MAiD process can be overwhelming, and navigating the system can be confusing. In this podcast we are joined by The Ottawa Hospital's Mike Kekewich, President of the Board of Bridge C-14, to discuss the process of application for MAiD in Canada. From independent witnesses to the 10-day waiting period, we break down the steps and address the barriers that families might face.

 

Episode #2:
The Provider Experience with 
Dr. Viren Naik

There are many myths and misconceptions which surround MAiD and its practitioners. On our second episode of the podcast, we are joined by Dr. Viren Naik, to discuss the experience of those who are providers of the procedure. From lessons learned to hopes for the future, we explore the MAiD journey from the perspective of those who feel called to assist.

 

Episode #3:
The Journey of Grief after MAiD with Lauren Clark, President & CEO of 
Bridge C-14 

 

Grief is a normal process when reacting to the loss of someone you love. On our third episodes of the podcast, we are joined by Social Worker Lauren Clak to discuss how grief associated with MAiD can bring its own unique emotions. Join us for this personal and emotional exploration of sorrow, hope and the journey of grief after MAiD.

Episode #4:
Love, Loss and Life After MAiD with Jana Buhlmann

Jana Buhlmann supported her husband through MAiD in September of 2017. In this personal conversation about love, loss and putting the pieces back together after MAiD, she shares her journey through the unique grief that assisted death brings.

photo by @dayna_foto

 

Nikki Gouzopoulos was a tremendous support for her father through his MAiD journey. Today she joins Lauren Clark, President & CEO of Bridge C-14, to share her story, one of loss, advocacy, adversity and love, and the gift that medical assistance in dying provided.

Episode #5:
The Gift of MAiD with Nikki Gouzopoulos

 

Episode #6:
One Week to Prepare with Robin Farr

Join Robin Farr as she shares her story of supporting her dad's choice to access Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) with only one week to prepare. Robin provides insight into her experience and offers three pieces of advice / things to consider before a MAiD death.

 

Episode #7:
"If you haven't said goodbye yet, what are you waiting for?" with Dave Keystone

 

In this Episode, Dave sits down for a candid and heartwarming conversation with Bridge C-14 Advisory Committee Member, Nikki Gouzopoulos. Dave recounts the story of supporting his father through Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) in September 2019 with humour and the occasional curse word (*warning*), and together they delve into many aspects of MAiD and the impact this can have on the overall experience.

Episode #8:
"Part 1: You aren't going to tell the kids, are you?" with Cynthia Clark

Join us for Part 1 of a podcast series with Cynthia Clark.

In Episode #8, Cynthia shares her MAiD experience supporting her spouse and children and the questioning and concern from others along the way. Together, as a family, they supported her spouse/their father in his decision to choose Medical Assistance in Dying.  

 

Episode #9:
"Part 2: What did you say to the kids?" with Cynthia Clark

Join us for Part 2 of a podcast series with Cynthia Clark.

In Episode #9, Cynthia continues to share her experience through Medical Assistance in Dying. 

Cynthia openly shares the heartfelt (and difficult)

conversations that she had with her children and others as they supported her spouse/their father in his decision to choose MAiD.  

 

Episode #10:
"Part 3: Will he die at home?" with Cynthia Clark

Cynthia Clark shares Part 3 of her MAiD story, entitled “Will he die at home?”

 

Cynthia walks us through the journey leading up to her husband’s death, the emotions that accompanied the experience, the challenges in managing the role of wife, mom and caregiver, as well as the couple’s commitment to truth, honesty and transparency with their children.

 
 

Episode #11:
"Death and Grief Literacy in the Age of MAiD" with Chelsea Peddle

Today, Alicia Freeborn, our Coordinator of Volunteer Services at Bridge C-14, sits down with Chelsea Peddle, an end-of-life consultant and death doula to discuss "Death and Grief Literacy in the Age of MAiD".

 

Taking cues from personal and professional experiences, they focus on Chelsea's work, ideas around preparing for death, Chelsea's resource book for parents supporting children through MAiD, the importance of interpersonal communication skills to establish meaning around death, dying and MAiD, as well as personal insights on the topic.

Episode #12: "KORU - Deathcare Redefined, Ceremony ReImagined" with Ngaio Davis

Lauren Clark sits down with Ngaio Davis of KORU Cremation | Burial | Ceremony (www.korucremation.com) to discuss the funeral and deathcare industry and its relationship with MAiD.

 

Thank you, Ngaio, for sharing your experience with MAiD and for creating ways to honour all individuals through dying and death.

 

Episode #13: "Changing Attitudes to Cultural Shifts: Where MAiD and End of Life Fit In" with Jeff Corcoran

Lauren Clark sits down with Jeff Corcoran, Founder of Kinwood, the Celebration of Life Co. to look at how public attitudes can evolve on sensitive topics that sometimes conflict with moral or religious beliefs. 

 

Even though there is widespread acceptance of MAiD, the experience itself is challenging. It is important to acknowledge that acceptance doesn’t mean that it’s an easy path. In looking at the research about the ways public opinion changes about divisive issues, we can certainly see just how important it is for people to see representations of themselves and what they are going through in news and media to broaden people’s awareness and acceptance. 

 

Bridge C-14 hopes to help normalize hearing diverse stories of MAiD to help people feel seen, heard and not alone in the experience.