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The following titles have shaped my understanding of end of life, death, and the after.


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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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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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.