Home Grown Humans - BJ Miller, MD - Death - Hosted by Jamie Wheal

Home Grown Humans - BJ Miller, MD - Death - Hosted by Jamie Wheal

BJ Miller, hospice and palliative care doctor at the University of California, San Francisco Cancer Center and the co-author of the book "A Beginner's Guide To The End: Practical Advice For Living Life And Facing Death, joins us today to discuss a topic that is often avoided at all costs: death. 

But BJ is here to reframe the stigma associated with end of life experiences. By sharing his near death encounter, learnings as a hospice and palliative care doctor, and the very raw feelings associated with a personal loss, BJ leads us on a journey where death can be embraced as a pursuit of life. In this episode we discuss:

  • Letting go of the shame associated with fearing death
  • Is consciousness limited to physicality?
  • What happens physiologically at death
  • Unpacking the grief associated with death

“I've come to see grief as a very essential process, not something to run away from or avoid.” - BJ Miller, MD

Give it a listen. It’s a conversation we believe the world needs to hear.

Related Links:

BJ Miller TED Talk
A Beginner’s Guide To The End: Practical Advice For Living Life And Facing Death
D.H. Lawrence - The Ship of Death Poem

Guest Bio:

BJ Miller is a hospice and palliative care doctor at the University of California, San Francisco Cancer Center and the co-author of the book "A Beginner's Guide To The End: Practical Advice For Living Life And Facing Death." BJ is also well known for his 2015 TED Talk, "What Really Matters at the End of Life.

1 Comment

  • Guest
    Loved this. Just one thought; while the doc is erudite, experienced and eloquent, he can lose the "mhmm" doc noise, IE, clinical habit when Jamie's on a riff. Distracting when Jamie's killin' it with his gift of language and metaphor.
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