living your best to the end
About BestEndings Founder, Kathy Kastner

About BestEndings Founder, Kathy Kastner

Award-winning television producer and reporter, Kathy Kastner’s interest in having the best possible ending blossomed as her beloved father-in-law began to decline. Armed with research chops, relentless curiosity, a conversational writing style and a keen sense of humour – she turned her energies to finding what regular people needed to prepare for a ‘best ending.’

Having established herself as the leading ‘layperson’ bringing perspective to the end of life journey, Kastner continues to find ways to fill communication gaps between health care professionals and their patients and families.

Her latest offering: Virtual Coaching Explained

via Skype, WhatsApp, FaceTime, Zoom or phone

  • Patient Advisor International Summit on Leadership Education for Physicians (TISLEP)
  • Patient Ambassador, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI): International Conference on Communications in Healthcare; California Coalition for Compassionate Care;  Health Literacy Annual Research Conference;
  • Patient Partner: PCORI funded: A Cluster-Randomized Trial Comparing Team-Based versus Primary Care Clinician-Focused Advance Care Planning in Practice-Based Research Networks
  • Workshop: Health Literacy and End of Life Planning – Institute for Healthcare Advancement
  • Presenter: Hospice Palliative Care Ontario Conference, Public Health and Palliative Care Conference
  • TEDtalk: Exit Laughing
  • Stanford MedicineX ePatient Scholar
  • Stanford Patients 2.0 presenter
  • Journal of Medical Internet Research : twitter influencer
  • Published author (peer-reviewed journals)r
  • Public Member Palliative and Supportive Care Steering Committee, WestPark Health Center
  • Social Media Panelist, Journal Of Palliative Medicine
  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Advisory: Advisory Board and Workshop: Pain Management
  • Public Member College of Occupational Therapists
  • Federal Innovation Grant Awardee:


Panelist on Caregiving

Panelist on Care-Giving television show