The following titles have shaped my understanding of end of life, death, and the after.
Being Mortal, Atul Gawande
Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal transformed the personal pain I felt from witnessing my father at the end of his life into a realization of the systemic need for human-centered design approaches to end of life healthcare.
When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi
I saw my dad in Paul Kalanithi as the latter grappled with the inevitable approach of his own death from cancer.
Option B, Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
Nearly two years after experiencing the loss of my dad, I re-lived the grief of that loss with Sheryl Sandberg in Option B.
The Good Death, Ann Neumann
I thought I understood the greater need for autonomy in the end of life healthcare system until Neumann challenged my moral limits concerning that need in The Good Death.
Promise Me, Dad, Joe Biden
My mom has always told me that the worst pain in the world for a parent is to lose a child before they die, and it is one that I will not be able to come close to imagining until I have kids of my own.