Monday, January 7, 2019

What Really Matters in the End by BJ Miller

Most are not really afraid of death. Most are afraid of the process, like the loss of comfort, independence, respect, love, or being a burden on someone else. These are the things we wish to avoid if we can, on our journey to death.

BJ Miller is a palliative care physician who thinks deeply about how to create a dignified, graceful end of life for his patients. His insight into the senses as a means to open that door into being human with it's sensorial delights is a way of helping us feel more human alive, even at the closing chapters of our life. Smells, such as the smell of baking cookies, or the cold nose of your loving dog in your bed, or the freezing cold of a melting snow ball in your hand.

"As long as we have our senses, even if it is just one, we have the ability to act human" he says. He is so right. Our ability to sense and feel opens that door of awes and oh's, no matter where you are in your life journey.