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What makes life worth living in the face of death?

In this deeply moving talk, Lucy Kalanithi reflects on life and purpose, sharing the story of her late husband, Paul, a young neurosurgeon who turned to writing after his terminal cancer diagnosis. "Engaging in the full range of experience -- living and dying, love and loss -- is what we get to do," Kalanithi says. "Being human doesn't happen despite suffering -- it happens within it."


Lucy Kalanithi - Caregiver

Lucy Kalanithi is dedicated to helping others choose the health care and end-of-life experiences that best align with their values.

Lucy’s husband Paul wrote ‘When breath becomes Air’. Read more about this book in our book club reading list.


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Let’s talk about dying

We can't control if we'll die, but we can "occupy death," in the words of Peter Saul, an emergency doctor. He asks us to think about the end of our lives -- and to question the modern model of slow, intubated death in hospital. Two big questions can help you start this tough conversation.


Peter Saul - Doctor, intensive care specialist

Over the past 35 years Peter Saul has been intimately involved in the dying process for over 4,000 patients. He is passionate about improving the ways we die.