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“The Good Death”: what does it look like? How ought we die?

“The Good Death”, out on February 16th, is the first book by writer Ann Neumann, a visiting scholar at The Center for Religion and Media at NYU, who has also been a hospice volunteer, tending to the dying as they approach the end of their lives.

Neumann’s exploration of dying has been called “a work of fierce empathy” and “profoundly compassionate”. The book has been informed by her work on a monthly column, “The Patient Body“, which investigates the intersection of religion and medicine, and also […]

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The time that is left: Facing death at 37

Thirty-seven-year-old neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi died on March 9 of lung cancer. In the approximately two years since his diagnosis, he continued to practice, to teach at Stanford and to write about how his lives as doctor and as patient intersected (Kalanithi had bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English literature and earlier in his life planned to be a writer).

In his essays, “How Long Have I Got Left?” for The New York Times Sunday Review (January 2014) and “Before I Go,” […]

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