May this New Year deliver hope, health, happiness and connectivity to people and places and experiences. During this year, our world has encountered death and dying in ways unimaginable especially amongst our elders. I join those who lost a loved one this year. I share my experiences and insights in the December 2020 Nursing & Assisted Living Professional ending our 10th year of publication. Looking ahead to 2021, we'll continue to bring high quality and important news and education to the senior living industry. Read further about how we can reframe conversations about living and dying and end-of-life care as we move ahead together. Here's to you, dad.
The first ever practical, compassionate, and comprehensive guide to dying—and living fully until you do.
“There is nothing wrong with you for dying,” palliative care doctor B.J. Miller and Shoshana Berger write in A Beginner’s Guide to the End. “Our ultimate purpose here isn’t so much to help you die as it is to free up as much life as possible until you do.”
BJ Miller, M.D. is a hospice & palliative medicine physician who sees patients and families at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Miller's career has been dedicated to moving healthcare towards a human centered approach and he advocates for this on a policy as well as personal level. He is the co- author of "A Beginner's Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death."
The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own.
. Highly recommended to remind all of us to never stop fighting for great medical care for those we love, whatever the age or disease or condition.
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“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana
Originally published in the March 11th, 2019 edition of The New Yorker.
At the end of his life, my father went from doctor to patient, from scientist to subject.
By James Marcus