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The Future of Death: This is Now with Angie Coiro

  • Kepler's Books 1010 El Camino Real Menlo Park, CA, 94025 United States (map)

Everybody dies. And we all know that - at least, intellectually. But how realistically do we approach our own ends?

Statistically, it's a mixed bag. More elderly and hospitalized people have Do Not Resuscitate orders in place than ever before. But most American adults don't have a will ready. A third don't carry life insurance. Only one in five has told their friends and family how they'd like their own death dealt with. 

Our next This Is Now evening event is all about death in America. What does a "good death" look like? How helpful can we expect the medical profession to be when the time comes - for example, respecting that DNR order, or talking frankly with us about what's ahead? What can hospice offer a client and their family - and who's lucky enough to have access to that? 

Joining Angie to probe that ever-intimidating topic are: Dr. Ruchika Mishra, Senior Bioethicist with the Program in Medicine and Human Values at Sutter Health Bay Area, and Chris Taich, Director of Bereavement Services at Pathways Home Health and Hospice.