Central Standard
4:31 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Teens And Grieving

Teens process and express grief in very particular ways. In the aftermath of two suicides at an Olathe high school, and while the shooting of Michael Brown is still a recent memory, experts shed light on how people at this sensitive developmental stage cope with profound loss. Plus, information on how adults in their lives can help.


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Up To Date
2:31 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Mortician Encourages Embracing Our Mortality

Credit W.W. Norton & Co

Death may be inevitable, but that does not lessen our fear of it. Mortician and author, Caitlin Doughty, looks to transform our fears of our own mortality.  On this edition of Up to Date, Doughty talks with  Steve Kraske about what it's like to work with the dead, how our culture has chosen to hide death, and why understanding the funeral business can lead us to embrace our own mortality. 


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Heartland Health Monitor
2:43 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Olathe Medical Center Opens Facility For Final Stage Of Life

A new inpatient hospice that opened Wednesday at Olathe Medical Center features a screened-in porch. It faces west "so it gets beautiful sunsets in here," said Sally Lundy, director of hospice and home health for the medical center.
Credit Mike Sherry / Hale Center for Journalism at KCPT


Olathe Medical Center officials say they have added a building block to their vision of providing cradle-to-grave care.

On Wednesday, in front of a crowd of about 300 donors, employees and other well-wishers, the hospital officially opened a freestanding inpatient hospice on its land at Interstate 35 and 151st Street.

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Central Standard
3:10 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Let's Talk About Death, Baby

At the Death Cafe, conversations about mortality are an important part of a life well-lived.
Credit Will Taylor / Flickr, Creative Commons

It's one of life's great inevitables, and we don't mean taxes.

Death Cafes, where people get together to hang out and talk about death and dying, have started popping up in cities worldwide. Locally, we have two Death Cafes: one in St. Joseph, Mo. and another in Kansas City, Mo. 

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8:15 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Dying Doctor And Woodworker Forge Tight Bond While Building Coffin

Local woodworker and artist Peter Warren met Dr. Jeff Piehler, a retired thoracic surgeon, at an art opening some years ago. But last year, the doctor came to visit Warren at his studio with an unusual request.

“He came to me and said ‘what do you think about building a casket?’” Warren said. "I told him I was fine with that."

Building his own casket

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Making A Plan For The End

Peggy Battin is the author of 'Least Worst Death.'

Bioethics is a heavy issue to the average person, and most of us prefer not to think about death. But having a plan in place for when the worst happens is crucial.

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Up to Date
11:17 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Prairie Village Surgeon Confronts Death By Building His Own Coffin

Dr. Jeff Piehler of Prairie Village reacted to his stage-four prostate cancer diagnosis by building his own coffin.
Credit Shari Hartbauer / Lincoln Journal Star

It’s one thing for a doctor to counsel a seriously-ill patient about how to deal with his illness and how to face the idea of death. But imagine going from being the doctor to being the patient.

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8:09 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Kansas Child Deaths Lowest On Record

A new report shows the number of child fatalities in Kansas in 2011 was the lowest on record. Those records date back to 1992, when the Child Death Review Board was established.

The annual report from the review board says 391 children died in Kansas in 2011. Of those deaths, 230 were due to natural causes. Almost two-thirds involved babies who died in their first month of life, most of those deaths were due to premature birth and congenital conditions.

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Up to Date
3:19 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Finding A Fairly-Priced Funeral

Josh Slocum joins Steve Kraske to talk about the difficulties of navigating funeral planning.
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Planning a funeral can be one of the most personal and vulnerable times for any family, but that doesn’t stop funeral homes from trying to up-sell grieving friends and family on gold rimmed caskets and other additional merchandise.

On Thursday's Up to Date, we talk with Josh Slocum, executive director of Funeral Consumers Alliance, who believes consumers are getting stiffed when it comes to laying themselves or loved ones to rest. We also discuss why green burial is making a comeback.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Tackling A Taboo Subject

Ellen Goodman

Does death always have to be a taboo subject?

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Central Standard
4:20 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Rest in Pieces

When most of us think about death, we assume our bodies will take the traditional routes of being cremated or buried. This is not always the case as author Bess Lovejoy points out in her new book, Rest In Pieces released this month. Rest In Pieces shares the journeys famous corpses took before being laid to rest.

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Central Standard
6:00 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Dealing With The Loss Of A Child


When a parent outlives their child, the amount of grief, remorse, and guilt can be overwhelming.  These emotions are compounded when dealing with the matters of death that follow.

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