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Sometimes I get distracted from what really matters by my perceived priorities, other people’s needs, or circumstances beyond my control. When I’m in the midst of great challenge, and clear enough to do so, I pause and ask the compelling question “What is this about for me?” and it’s in those inspired moments, that I have the opportunity to be with what really matters. Recently, two members of my family passed away, a close first cousin on my mom’s side and an aunt on my dad’s, taking me to a place of reflection about end of life and the compelling questions: What really matters at the end of life? and “What really matters in my life right now?”


At the end of our lives, what do we most wish for? For many, it’s simply comfort, respect, love. BJ Miller is a palliative care physician at Zen Hospice Project who thinks deeply about how to create a dignified, graceful end of life for his patients. Take the time to savor this moving talk, which asks big questions about how we think on death and honor life.


I will watch BJ Miller’s Ted Talk again today.

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