Guest Blogger

Kathy Kastner

Kathy Kastner

Kathy Kastner's passion is identifying gaps in health education and filling them. Her ‘Aha!’ was in a pre-natal class, where she didn’t understand the jargon. Using research and production experience as an on-camera producer/reporter, Kathy created videos for expectant parents, with a focus on plain language and filling gaps.

These videos evolved into The Health Television System Inc. with The Parent Channel© and Healthtv® broadcasting in hospitals across North America.

In 2008, Kathy launched for adult children caring for aging parents. Her social media strategy led to a hospice and palliative medicine twitter chat where Kathy realized how little she knew about medical interventions at life's end. Her journey, and the resources curated along the way, is called (for those who want to talk about the end of life, and those who don’t).

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Blog Posts by Kathy Kastner

  • It used to be that we died at home

    It used to be that we died at home

    In the days before medicine advanced enough to fix organs and enable us live ever longer, it would’ve been considered a betrayal of family to let a loved one live out their lives in the company of strangers. Never was the word ‘burden’ spoken when caring for and putting at the center, their loved one. […]

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  • Celebrating small pleasures

    Unexpected result of end of life wishes: Celebrating small pleasures

    Little did I imagine, when I embarked on my journey to understand end of life medical interventions, that I’d have to think hard about what made me happy in life. Off the top of my head, my children (although on some days, that’s debatable) husband (same caveat), my work (same caveat) Big Happy and Little […]

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  • Two mothers and two daughters go shoe shopping

    Two mothers and two daughters go shoe shopping….

    They each bought shoes and come home with three pairs. How can this be? If you haven’t heard it or figured it out: a mother her daughter and her daughter’s daughter aka granddaughter. Two mothers: two daughters. (In the male version: two fathers and two sons went fishing.) Generations brought together This is the make-up […]

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  • Life and death are different at different stages

    Life and death are different at different stages

    Awful to contemplate, yet as many a young widow or widower knows, it can happen: an untimely death. Equally – if not more – traumatic is an accident, injury or unexpected health crisis that leaves a young parent unable to make or direct their own health decisions. I’m involved with several twitter chats about end […]

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  • 93-year old fashion consultant

    93-year old fashion consultant: my father-in-law

    There’s only one grandparent left in our family – my 93-year old father-in-law. A former tailor, with all his wits still about him and a mischievous sense of humor, he’s the go-to guy when our daughters (24 and 27) have fashion questions. Their mother (that’d be me) is totally utterly useless in these matters. In […]

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