Hospice Doctor and End-Of-Life Doula
May 4, 2021
Would it surprise you to know that being with death profoundly enriches my experience of living?
Having worked in Hospice all my adult life—starting as a volunteer when I was 17 and recently as a hospice physician for 10 years—I know the blessings that accompany a conscious, compassionate dying process. Yet the fear of death is pervasive, as is the troubling lack of preparedness.
My appreciation for those blessings and my concern about the lack of attention given to death and dying have led to an important transition for me. I recently replaced my flip phone with a smart phone(!) and opened social media accounts (with the help of friends) in preparation for expanding my work—I’m leaving the corporate world of medicine to dive deep into exploring how to transform our approach to the final stages of our lives.
The only certainty about living is that we will at some point experience death. From what I’ve witnessed, people who approach this time of their lives with openness, honesty, and curiosity have peaceful transitions. While there can be moments of sadness and suffering, the overall experience for them and their loved ones is of appreciation, gratitude and grace.
As emphasized in all spiritual traditions, human experience is transient. Death is a part of life, not separate from it. It is not something to attempt to avoid. Dying is natural and inevitable and deserves our caring attention. I am committed to expanding awareness of its lessons.
As co-founder of the Center for Conscious Living and Dying (CCLD, www.facebook.com/ccld.community) with Cassie Barrett, a green cemetery operator, I am passionate about the “death-positive movement” underway in our society. This transformation in our attitude is magnified by the pandemic in which many of us are faced with death for the first time.
As a physician, end-of-life doula and musician, I welcome the opportunity to support you in any way I can. I look forward to our connecting in what can be the most meaningful passage of life for you and your loved ones.
May 9, 2021
On Mother's Day, I participated in a vigil with some amazing women, including "V," formerly known as "Eve Ensler," Dr. Jeannie Blaustein, Molvia Maddox, and Dr. Su Yon Pak and Katy Butler. There was much wisdom and inspiration shared. I offered instrumental music at the beginning, "Jai Ma," a chant to the divine mother (1h9min-1h13min) and a devotional Indian song sung by village women in the heart of mother India.(1h43min)
Grateful to Re-imagine (https://letsreimagine.org/) for all the wonderful work they are doing in exploration of death and celebration of life through creativity and conversation.
Life in the Liminal
"This week in the Liminal we meet Hospice physician & end-of-life doula, Dr. Aditi Sethi, and musician & Hospice music therapist, Jay Brown, and listen to their illuminating original songs, stories, and reflections on the role of music in Hospice settings."
"How do you know that?"
"'Death is not a failure,' says Hospice doc, Aditi Sethi-Brown." A conversation with Biographer, Sheridan Hill
The Institute for The Study of Birth, Breath and Death
A discussion on Death and Dying during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
A reflection of the dying process, home funeral and green burial of beloved Paula Brown.
Words to Live By
A conversation with Dr. Aditi Sethi-Brown, a musician, community organizer, budding entrepreneur and hospice & palliative medicine physician. We talk about end of life care, music, role conflict and much more.
Transforming Space, Self, and Loss
Part of Melody Lebaron's Agents of Transformation series, this is an interview with Aditi and Cassie, co-founders of Center for Conscious Living and Dying.
Fab Friday, Health and Wellness Series Dying at Home
Online webinar for "Osher LIfelong Learning Institute," entitled "Dying at Home," offering information and education regarding Hospice services, End-of-Life Doula services, Green Burials and more.
Mothers and Others
"Supporting Others Through Grief" - In a culture of death avoidance, when people are grieving, we don't really know how to support them. We haven't been given the tools and how to care for others in this vulnerable time isn't modelled for us. That results in a lot of people being isolated in their grief - a time when they need their community the most. Aditi Sethi-Brown, a hospice doctor, and Cassie Barrett, a green cemetery operator have held space for many people and families through their grief and will share tips on what we can do to increase our capacity to hold space for others as they grieve.
Discussion about the Ceremonial Grief Concerts that are offered quarterly by a group based in Asheville, NC, harnessing the powers of collective grieving and music to hold space for the work of spiritual transformation in the wake of grief.
Talk Death: "Careers In death Care: A day in the Life of a Hospice Physician"
Conscious Dying Institute Blog: "A physician reflects on end-of-life doula training"
Mountain Xpress: "End-of-life activists ponder how to die in a death averse culture"
Mountain Xpress: "The modern elder reclaiming what's sacred in life's later stages."
Mountain Xpress: "In the Spirit: Open to the One."