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Can dying be a joyous experience?

Catherine Durkin Robinson joins me as the nation's first psychedelic doula specializing in death and dying

Dear friends and neighbors,

Catherine Durkin Robinson introduced me to the Doula, a person who helps families during transitions of being born – and now – of dying. Through our conversation I realized how important it is to not only have the tough conversations around death and dying, but also to embrace the dying process, as it is truly a universally shared experience.

Catherine is also our country’s first psychedelic Doula and she utilizes psychedelics for reducing fear and anxiety in people who are going through end of life transitions. Her mission is to offer people, and their loved ones, a joyous dying experience. And isn’t joy something we all could use more of?

Please watch, read, or listen to the interview, and let me know what you think in the comments.

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Dying with Joy – Catherine Durkin Robinson
Listen now (45 min) | If you want to have a happy evening sitting around with friends or family, you don't talk about religion, sex, money, and politics. Another topic, perhaps, is death and dying. Death is a part of all of our lives and something that we should feel normal discussing. What if we had someone to walk alongside us and make the prospect of the end of life somet…
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On a related note, I am currently embarking on a new series featuring healing stories from those who have benefitted from psychedelics at the end of life, or in the face of a terminal diagnosis. I hope to interview those with direct personal experience, as well as relatives, friends, and clinicians with stories to share. Please email my producer if you would like to be interviewed on my program, and featured in a future book on this topic.

Wishing you Golden Light,

Dr. Richard Louis Miller

This podcast will always remain available at no cost. However, I’d like to offer my most loyal listeners additional options for enjoying my interviews – both as videos and transcripts.

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Our guest today on Mind Body Health & Politics is Catherine Durkin Robinson. She's going to be talking to us about something that is so new that I'm not even sure I know how to pronounce the word. Welcome, Catherine. The word that I'm not sure I know how to pronounce, is it do-ela?

Catherine Durkin Robinson: It's doo-la.

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