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BJ Miller, MD, a palliative care physician and member of C-TAC’s Board of Directors, recently co-authored a New York Times story on the importance of honoring those with advanced illness who choose not to be told of their prognosis.
Dr. Miller’s co-author for the piece was IDEO Editorial Director Shoshana Berger. The authors noted that for someone with a serious illness, choosing not to know their prognosis can be liberating. What is most important, however, is the freedom to choose the amount of information you wish to receive.
“When faced with serious illness, being able to make decisions about the flow of information is one of the most life-affirming things you can do,” wrote Berger and Dr. Miller.
Berger and Dr. Miller examine the end-of-life experience in greater detail in their new book, A Beginner’s Guide to the End: How to Live Life to the Full and Die a Good Death. The book, which will be published on July 16, offers practical guidance for people navigating the end of their lives, as well as their loved ones. For more information on A Beginner’s Guide to the End, click here.
The full New York Times story is available here.