A Beginner's Guide to the End
How do we cope with the inevitability of death? How can we make better decisions for ourselves and our families? BJ Miller, Shoshana Berger and Lucy Kalanithi answer the questions about end of life we’re all afraid to ask, offering practical guidance and sharing what’s most important to people facing critical illness and those who care for them. Together they join us in conversation for a lesson on dying – and how to live fully until you do.
BJ Miller, MD, is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where he practices and teaches palliative medicine. Through his writing, teaching and work, he has spearheaded a nationwide effort to change the way we think about and approach death and dying. His TED Talk has been viewed more than 9 million times. He is the author, with Shoshana Berger, of A Beginner’s Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death.
Shoshana Berger is the editorial director of the global design firm IDEO and was formerly the cofounder and editor-in-chief of ReadyMade magazine. She has written for the New York Times, Wired, Popular Science, SPIN and Marie Claire. She is the author of ReadyMade: How to Make [Almost] Everything: A Do-It-Yourself Primer and, with BJ Miller, of A Beginner’s Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death.
Lucy Kalanithi, MD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the widow of the late Dr. Paul Kalanithi, author of the No. 1 New York Times bestselling memoir When Breath Becomes Air, to which she wrote the epilogue. She serves on leadership boards for TEDMED, the American College of Physicians and the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care.
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