Along with the Zen Hospice Project which he directs, palliative care specialist BJ Miller helps patients face their own deaths realistically, comfortably, and on their own terms. Through the work of Zen Hospice Project, Miller is cultivating a model for palliative care organizations around the world, and emphasizing healthcare’s quixotic relationship to the inevitability of death. Miller’s passion for palliative care stems from personal experience — a shock sustained while a Princeton undergraduate cost him three limbs and nearly killed him. But his experiences form the foundation of a hard-won empathy for patients who are running out of time. BJ explains his philosophies in his extraordinary TED Talk which you can watch in full above. It also happens to be my newest addition to FEELguide Classics. You can read more about BJ Miller in this terrific profile from Princeton Alumni Weekly.
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