Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in The End
By Dr. Atul Gawande
Given that this well-known speaker is presenting at The River Center in St. Paul on September 18th, this seemed like a good book to highlight this month. This event is already sold out which speaks to the interest in this topic.
Dr. Gawande wants to change how people die. Today many people die in hospitals and facilities and yet those caregivers are not trained to help people live well until their last breath. Doctors are trained to save people and to discuss death suggests that they have failed at their jobs. Yet, we all die and how we die needs to be talked about.
This book gives some life stories which can be educational and helpful as you think about your own wishes for your last phase of life or that of your loved one.