NPR Radio Series On Being: Contemplating Mortality
This week Krista Tippett interviews Dr. Ira Byock, physician, early advocate for hospice and author of several books focused on end of life issues. Byock talks about his maturing view of death and his evolving belief that we need to get back to accepting death as more than a medical experience.
Other topics explored in the interview:
- Death is not usually a medical mistake.
- Dying isn’t simply to be suffered; rather it is a gritty difficult unwanted vulnerable and valuable human experience.
- We need to understand the distinction between healing and curing, and that a person can be well as they die.
- If we can be present with the dying experience of another, we are sharing a sacred experience.
- The four most important sentences in any language are:
- “I forgive you.”
- “ Please forgive me.”
- “Thank you.”
- “ I love you.”
Listen to the full 51 minute interview.