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Review: What really matters at the end of life

Speaker: BJ Miller
Date: March 2015
Location: Vancouver, BC

Description from TED website:
At the end of our lives, what do we most wish for? For many, it’s simply comfort, respect, love. BJ Miller is a hospice and palliative medicine physician who thinks deeply about how to create a dignified, graceful end of life for his patients. Take the time to savor this moving talk, which asks big questions about how we think on death and honor life.

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My Review / Notes / Thoughts

“[H]ealthcare was designed with diseases, not people, at its center.”

The purpose of his talk is to bring “design thinking” into the conversation of improving healthcare and the experience of dying.

Now you might think that due to his topic, that this talk is only for people in the healthcare industry. WRONG! This talk, while heavy, is relevant to people in a myriad of fields of study. He actually is encouraging others to come in and find ways to improve the quality of life!

Based on this, I can say that this is an excellent talk for a variety of disciplines of study. Students can watch this video and discuss with each other ways to apply their field of study to improve the quality of life. Even better, have them reflect in a paper and perhaps even find a project to work on towards this very fact.

What are your thoughts? How would you incorporate this talk into your curriculum?

Until next time … live long, life-learner!

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