Hospice Physician and End-Of-Life Doula

December 20, 2021

Recently, I, along with others in the Asheville community, had the honor of caring for Ethan Sisser during his final days of life. He was a 36-year-old soulful man with brain cancer, who requested his dying process be filmed with the intention of alleviating fears of dying. 

We are excited to share that  “The Last Ecstatic Days,” a feature documentary about dying well will be released in Winter 2022.  The film will bring you inside the world of conscious dying, traveling hand-in-hand with Ethan "E3” on his profoundly vulnerable journey to the other side. At the height of the pandemic he became a beloved social media influencer. He inspired thousands around the world with his message of conscious dying: “I am embodied. I am empowered. I am ecstatic.” This film is part of his powerful legacy.

You can view the teaser trailer here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=aBlibbXU_cE

If you are inspired, please donate to support the production/post-production of this film:

http://www.gleaningsfoundation.org/?page_id=1154 

With gratitude! 

December 17, 2021

"Green burials can change our relationship with death — and help the Earth."

Washington Post Article by Mallory McDuff, author of "Our Last Best Act," discusses green burials and honors Paula Brown, one of my dearest friends and the mother of my husband, Jay.

 

 

 

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.

UU Church: "Conscious Living, Conscious Dying"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQfLUTFhM8Q

Aditi and Jay offer music and reflections for UU church service in Black Mountain, NC.

Embodied: Meet The People Who Ease The Process of Death: End-Of-Life Doulas

https://www.wunc.org/show/embodied-radio-show/2021-09-10/death-doula-dying-process-end-of-life-hospice-terminal-aging-afterlife

In a time of ongoing collective grief, how are you thinking about your relationship to death? The work of death doulas can help you understand that transition. 

Asheville Wisdom Exchange: "Conscious Life, Conscious Death."

https://vimeo.com/597234852 

Death like life, can be approached with intention, curiosity and awareness and a willingness to be engaged with an open heart and mind. Hospice doctor Aditi Sethi-Brown and green cemetery operator Cassie Barrett share their first-hand experiences working with individuals and families who chose to approach death consciously and the incredible healing and peace that is possible when death is approached with grace. They will share their experiences as death doulas, and with home funerals and green burials.

Life in the Liminal 

https://open.spotify.com/episode/7o4FlGPZvafulTnGF1veV2?si=898dea533d294507&nd=1

"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?"  

https://anchor.fm/sheridan-hill/episodes/Death-is-Not-A-Failure--says-hospice-doc-Aditi-Sethi-Brown-er9ueb/a-a57pk4 

"'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  

https://www.anymeeting.com/WebConference/RecordingDefault.aspx?c_psrid=EA50DA80854E31&code=866-954-201   

A discussion on Death and Dying during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  

https://www.anymeeting.com/WebConference/RecordingDefault.aspx?c_psrid=E959DD8681493C&code=347-440-653  

A reflection of the dying process, home funeral and green burial of beloved Paula Brown.

Words to Live By 

http://stream.ashevillefm.org/afm-words-to-live-by-03242019.mp3 

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  

https://www.transformingspace.com/blog/agents-of-transformation-the-gifts-of-mapping-your-death?fbclid=IwAR0EmzJJD12D4j948aCiWAQ9He8VMdeeeXvF69rFYRWwcr_jR1hAL_V46es 

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 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?fbclid=IwAR1NP9caLADpAO6DMNG03gxexwgZVciThxLHmYS0dBEkMCObNDZEyHZlJbs&v=WxKbsJlrEc0&feature=youtu.be 

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

https://newbornmothers.simplero.com/page/164975-mothers-and-others-supporting-others-through-grief-aditi-sethi-brown

"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.

To Grieve

https://invitingabundance.net/to-grieve-podcast#Episode8 

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. 

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