Interview with Neda McGuire | Awakening to Mortality

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Sep 08 2020 59 mins  

Gerontologist and end of life doula Neda McGuire brings her willingness to talk about hard things to this conversation as we track her journey from her homeland in Iran through growing unrest leading up to the Iranian Revolution. The path that had her crisscrossing the globe, oftentimes to escape grave danger, sometimes without her family, engendered in her a graceful resiliency. But not without great cost. Neda talks about those things as well as her experience with and work in immigration, the refugee crisis in Syria and elsewhere, aging, and death.

Now a resident of St. Croix in the American Virgin Islands, Neda McGuire is the owner of Aging Matters and a member of Aging Life Care Association and the International End of Life Doula Association.  Neda has a Master’s degree in Gerontology and a Master's in Health Administration from the Medical College of Virginia. She was recently featured in an article on her end of life work in The St. Thomas Source.

Find Neda on social media here. Tune into Neda's next Death Cafe on September 23, 2020, online. More information at

Additional links mentioned in this episode - Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, available on Audible here and through your local bookseller.