The holidays can be a stressful time for many people who have lost a loved one or may be caring for someone who is ill.  We invited Dr. Kathryn Mannix to discuss death, palliative care and how to have those difficult conversations.  

Dr. Mannix has over 30 years of experience and has witnessed 10,000 - 15,000 deaths.  In her book With The End in Mind, Dr. Mannix explains that the process of death (unless under tragic circumstances) can be quite peaceful for the patient and that brings comfort to the family.  Her ability to hold these important conversations in a peaceful and caring way is evident throughout our interview.

In her new book, Listen: How to Find the Words for Tender Conversations, Dr. Mannix explains how to have "difficult" conversations from death to sexuality or adoption in the least stressful way possible.   She uses the analogy of a dance where each partner in a tender discussion must "join in and take turns."  She offers invaluable tools to make your journey a little easier to navigate.