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What really matters at the end of life | BJ Miller

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What really matters at the end of life | BJ Miller

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At the end of our lives, what do we most wish for? For many, it’s simply comfort, respect, love. BJ Miller is a palliative care 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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Reclaiming The End Of Life As A Human Experience | Dr. BJ Miller

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BJ Miller, MD reminds us to consider the fullest view of what it means to be human - from the messy, uncomfortable issues that arise around dying to the delight of being alive in our bodies - as a path to understanding the possibilities available to open to design for the end of life experience.
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The day before you die - Why doing what really matters is so important | Paddy Ney | TEDxKazimierz

What will you do the day before you die?

If you could predict how you would feel at the end of your life, what would it change in how you act today?

British film-maker Patrick Ney survived a brutal attack in Warsaw, Poland.

In this moving, emotional talk, you will learn how coming close to death can help you live your life in a better, more peaceful way.

Patrick Ney creates provocative films and documentaries about Poland, his new-found home. His films have had over 30 million views in 2 years. Paddy Ney is a British filmmaker living and working in Warsaw. He moved to Poland in 2010 and since then has been creating provocative, moving films about his new homeland’s culture and history. His films have been viewed over 26,000,000 times in the past 2 years alone. He specialises in short-form, social media content. In his day job, Paddy is Director at digital marketing agency James Cook Media. He is also the host of HiCashWeek, a weekly Polish-language business and entrepreneurship show for dynamic young Poles. “I have a simple test for what I’m doing,” he says, “it’s whether I can look my daughter in the eye and think, yes, this is making the world she’ll inherit a slightly better place.” Paddy regularly tours schools in Poland talking to young people about immigration, relationships and purpose and is a Friend and proud supporter of the Czerwone Noski charity. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at
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What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness | Robert Waldinger

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What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it's fame and money, you're not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you're mistaken. As the director of 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life.

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BJ Miller: A Beginner’s Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death

BJ Miller: A Beginner’s Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death

Pronounced Dead for 20 Minutes - What He Saw and How it Changed His Life Forever

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Scott Drummond shares his amazing experience of what he felt and saw when he was pronounced dead for 20 minutes. It is a very personal and tender moment in his life, a moment that drastically changed the rest of his life forever. He has decided to share this story now because of the events of the global pandemic, the corona virus / COVID-19. He hopes to help all of the people suffering and wondering about what will happen to them and their loved ones. 

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BJ Miller, MD: The problem with dying and what might we do about it

Discussion about the value of human-centered healthcare – through to the end-of-life experience – is gaining critical momentum across America. From peace of mind to personal and institutional cost considerations, this expanding dialogue is top of mind for a large part of our population as the Silver Tsunami of Baby Boomers – viewing themselves through the prism of their own parents’ end-of-life decisions (or lack thereof) – begins to age into a system where dissatisfaction pervades the conversation.

Promoting a new paradigm of care, BJ encourages us to consider the possibilities when healthcare and our cultural perspectives allow life to be well lived to the end – both by incorporating the aesthetic realm in ways that both preserve dignity and nurture the senses and through humanistic changes to healthcare systems and policies.

His revelations are founded in personal experience: An electrical shock sustained while a Princeton undergraduate nearly cost him his life. It also endowed him with an extraordinary gift to connect with the patients he sees in his end-of-life and palliative care medical practice.

Miller will focus his talk on three key areas:

Describing the promise of palliative care, contextualized within its historical rise and current role in healthcare, by naming suffering and quality of life as the center of the field. Its role is revolutionary and begs the inclusion of other non-medical fields and disciplines.

Calling out healthcare system failures and offering up design prompts for creating a new system.

Framing the makings of a civic model for end-of-life care – that aging and dying well should become points of pride for civil society and be routinized as such within any community daring to take this on.

BJ Miller: Death as Part of Life

Despite best intentions, today’s fractured healthcare systems largely compound our collective fear of the end of life as a time of suffering and disconnection. San Francisco’s Zen Hospice Project Senior Director, Advocate and palliative care physician BJ Miller invites us to think about and discuss the end of life through the lens of a mindful, human-centered model of care, one that embraces death not as a medical event but rather as a universally shared life experience. Having had his own near-death encounter, Miller powerfully advocates the roles of our senses, community and presence in designing a better ending.

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Conversations on Compassion with Dr. BJ Miller

In this conversation, CCARE’s founder and director, Dr. James Doty, will ask Dr. BJ Miller about his life’s work and how compassion has played a role.

Dr. BJ Miller is a palliative care physician at UCSF and a leading voice reframing society’s discourse on the field of death and dying. His interests are in working across disciplines to affect broad-based culture change and in cultivating a civic model for aging and dying. He invites us to think about, and discuss, the end of our lives through the lens of a mindful, human-centered model of care, one that embraces dying not as a medical event but rather as a universally shared life experience.

Informed by his own experiences as a patient, BJ powerfully advocates the roles of our senses, community and presence in designing a better ending. He brings a unique blend of training, experience and commitment to furthering the message that suffering and dying are fundamental and intrinsic aspects of life and is widely recognized for his efforts in cultivating a larger dialogue on this full scope approach to the reality of life and death.

His TED Talk, “What Really Matters at the End of Life” has been viewed over 8 million times and his work have been the subject of multiple interviews and podcasts including Oprah Winfrey, PBS, The New York Times, The California Sunday Magazine, Krista Tippett, Tim Ferriss, and the TED Radio Hour. BJ’s practical guide for preparing for death, entitled A Beginner’s Guide to the End, co-authored with Shoshana Berger, will be released in July 2019.

Why death is just an illusion - thought provoking video

Death is an illusion, life is a dream and we are the creator of our own imagination
The present moment is the only moment available to us and is the doorway to all moments
- Thich Nhat Hanh

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Alan Watts Steve Jobs Jim Carrey Nick Vujicic
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Life Lessons From 100-Year-Olds

We asked three unique and lovely centenarians what their most valuable life lessons were, and also their regrets.

The conversations that followed were remarkable. They talked about the importance of family, people, relationships and love. Their view on life, as an elderly citizen with a lot of experience is truly an inspiration and motivation. Enjoy the video! And please let us know what your thoughts are!

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A Beginner’s Guide to the End | JCCSF

With BJ Miller, Shoshana Berger & Lucy Kalanithi

How do we cope with the inevitability of death? How can we make better decisions for ourselves and our families? BJ Miller, Shoshana Berger and Lucy Kalanithi answer the questions about end of life we’re all afraid to ask, offering practical guidance and sharing what’s most important to people facing critical illness and those who care for them. Together they join us in conversation for a lesson on dying – and how to live fully until you do.


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Dr. B.J. Miller Lost 3 Limbs in an Accident: I Never Had a Why Me? Moment | SuperSoul Sunday | OWN

Dr. B.J. Miller, a hospice and palliative care specialist, reveals why he never felt self-pity after the horrific accident that left him a triple amputee. For more on #supersoulsunday, visit WatchOWN.tv/SSS

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What Really Matters at the End of Life

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BJ Miller|What Really Matters At The End Of Life|A Life Of Greatness Podcast with Sarah Grynberg

How do we live a life that we won’t come to regret? If you want to learn about what it truly means to live a good existence, and die a good death, then don’t miss this episode with palliative care doctor, and bestselling author, BJ Miller. Together, Sarah Grynberg and BJ explore the countless learnings from his patients, the darkness of suffering, and the last regrets of those facing their final days. If you yearn to live your life fully but at the same time are fearful of death, then this episode will teach you everything you need to know about truly living.

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Practical Advice for the End of Life: A Podcast with BJ Miller

This week we talk with BJ Miller, hospice and palliative care physician, public speaker, and now author with Shoshana Berger of the book A Beginner's Guide to the End.

As we note on the podcast, BJ is about as close as we get to a celebrity in Hospice and Palliative Care. His TED Talk What Really Matters at the End of Life has been viewed more than 9 million times. As we discuss on the Podcast, this has changed BJ's life, and he spends most of his working time engaged in public speaking, being the public face of the hospice and palliative care movement.

The book he and Berger wrote is filled to the brim with practical advice. I mean, nuts and bolts practical advice. Things like:

- How to clean out not only your emotional house but your physical house (turns out there are services for that!)
- Posting about your illness on social media (should you post to Facebook)
- What is the difference between a funeral home and mortuary
- Can I afford to die? How much will it cost?

We focus our discussion with BJ on his reasons for writing the book, sexuality and serious illness, and priming people to check the instincts of a medical system that favors aggressive/intensive/invasive care and crappy deaths.

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What really matters in life! | Roger Christie | TEDxStHildasSchool

Roger talks about what matters in life, because it will determine the path you take. It is not the answer that is important it is the fact you ask the question.

Roger Christie is Managing Director of Social2Business Pty Limited, a company he founded in 2013 with the intention of building Australian business’ proficiency in the use of social principles, data and technologies to improve business outcomes. With almost a decade’s experience across traditional, social and digital communication and consulting, Roger understands the challenge facing many organisations in realising the full potential of doing business in the digital age.

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Talking About Death Won’t Kill You | Kathy Kortes-Miller | TEDxKanata

An unconventional death educator with an equal parts wry and wise delivery style, Dr. Kathy Kortes-Miller is committed to showing her audience that talking about death and dying won’t kill you. Using stories and research, Kathy extends an invitation to view death as not a taboo subject - but rather a shared life experience. Audience members walk away with shifted perspectives and a deep understanding that talking about death, without knowing or needing all the “answers”, actually brings us closer to our loved ones than we ever imagined possible.

Dr. Kathy Kortes-Miller, MSW, PhD thinks about dying and death a lot. She knows thinking about it – and teaching and researching about it – helps her to embrace life full on.

An unconventional death educator with a passion for palliative care and improving end of life care for all, Kathy has inspired and challenged a generation of healthcare providers to be prepared to care for individuals who are dying, as well as their families, regardless of the setting.

She has been teaching and researching at Lakehead University for over a decade leveraging her experiences as a cancer survivor, and as a palliative care provider, to challenge us to have the important conversations about dying, death and life. Kathy strives to make an impact with her teaching and research to discover, share and communicate the information that we are all dying to know.



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Death helps us love life | BJ Miller, MD | End Well Symposium

BJ Miller, MD, reminds us that if we never suffered, we might not really know what passion and joy felt like.

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We are a diverse group of people who listen and learn from each other. Our goal is to create a cultural shift that supports new collaborations, systems, protocols, and products to foster new and existing networks of support to make the end of life more human-centered for all. Join us.

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