During my research for this book, I have been lucky enough to come across resources that have changed my entire outlook on life (and death). This week, I share with you a short list of my all-time favorites.
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
I’ll start you off easy with a highly readable, warmly wise, incredibly well researched book describing Dr. Gawande’s personal experiences with old age and death, an ideal jumping off point for increasing your comfort level with both.
What Really Matters At The End Of Life by B.J. Miller
Yes, you’ve already heard about this TedTalk, but what can I say; it bears repeating. With supreme grace, hospice director Miller gives voice to welcoming death with grace rather than repugnance.
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Written by a neuroscientist, this book explores early onset Alzheimer’s through the eyes of a middle-aged professor as she struggles to come to terms with her own diagnosis. This one might prove a little harder to read, primarily because of the raw emotion, but I promise it will be worth it.
The Power of Vulnerability by Brene Brown
A second TedTalk, this one addresses the role of vulnerability in our ability to connect with others. Funny and smart, Ms. Brown champions getting real with one another—and isn’t that what life is all about?
How We Die by Sherwin Nuland
I saved the hardest for last, but here again, I promise it will be worth it. Dr. Nuland clarifies for laymen precisely what happens to the human body as various diseases progress toward death. Why would I ever need to know that, you might be wondering? Because with knowledge comes reassurance—instead of interpreting events based on guesses or ignorance, we can acknowledge the physiological reality and thereby gain a measure of comfort.
So there you have it—five resources that could change the way you think about life or death. As always, I’m curious to hear your feedback, so please feel free to comment below, on the talk with me page, or find me on Facebook or Twitter.
Until then, happy reading and/or watching…may your life be forever altered.