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                                   Opening The Heart Of Western Medicine



Secrets of Life and Death: Transforming Loss with Michelle Peticolas

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on June 14, 2016 at 7:45 PM

Thursday June 23, 2016

10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern

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Join Dr. Karen Wyatt as she welcomes her guest Michelle Peticolas, who is a filmmaker, sociologist, and grief transformation coach. Michelle will share the story behind her three-part film series, Secrets of Life and Death, which is used in universities, hospitals and hospices to encourage discussions about death. She'll also share how she was inspired to create workshops on death, caregiving and grief and her current work as a grief coach.

In this interview you will learn:

  • How the "two sides of death - sacred and profane" inspired Michelle's work
  • The gifts death provides to those willing to face it openly
  • How grief coaching can enable transformation
  • What it takes to "grieve well"


Dr. Michelle Peticolas has been working in the field of death and loss for over 17 years. She has a Ph.D. in Sociology with a minor in Clinical Psychology.

She produced the award-winning 3-part documentary series, Secrets of Life and Death, featuring consciousness leader Ram Das and Zen Hospice Founder Frank Ostaseski (Oss-tah-ses-key) who also appeared in Bill Moyer’s 4-part PBS series, “On Our Own Terms.”


Michelle has been invited to speak and teach in hospitals, hospices, and professional organizations throughout Northern California, including UCSF, John Muir and JFK University. She has appeared on Voice America’s Good Grief, Comcast’s Newsmakers and KPFA’s Women’s Magazine.


Categories: Grief and Bereavement