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The end of life, and how to prepare for death gracefully, with Dr. BJ Miller

Gateways to Awakening

Religion & Spirituality

Dr. BJ Miller is a hospice and palliative medicine physician and educator. He currently sees patients and families through Mettle Health, a company he co-founded with the aim to provide personalized, holistic consultations for any patient or caregiver who needs help navigating the practical, emotional and existential issues that come with serious illness and disability.

BJ has given over 100 talks nationally, and internationally, on the topics of death, dying, palliative care, and the intersection of healthcare with design. His 2015 TED Talk: “Not Whether But How” (aka “What Matters Most at the End of Life”), has been viewed over 11 million times and he has been on Oprah Winfrey, PBS, The New York Times. His book, A Beginner’s Guide to the End, was published in 2019. I found this book to be a must-read, and we discuss why on the show.

For those of you who have lost a loved one, or want to prepare your families for your own transition or another’s, this episode is for you.

We talk about:

✅ What it means to die well
✅ Why most people find it so difficult to talk about both death and disability in the West
✅ Some of the biggest regrets he has seen family members share as their loved ones approach death
✅ The preparation that goes into the end of life: paperwork, conversations and more

You can learn more about BJ Miller here: https://www.mettlehealth.com/who-we-are

Special thanks go to our sponsors for this episode, the Hydration Foundation, a non-profit organization, focused on better hydration for people, plants, animals and soil.

As the leading authority on hydration, the foundation is dedicated to solving our health on this planet through creating better systems and conversations when it comes to water, and how it moves through our bodies, irrigation and food systems.

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