This Book Tackles The One Issue We Will All Face

Knocking On Heaven's Door

Katy Butler, author of Knocking On Heaven’s Door, has several upcoming events that I think you might be interested in attending.

If you remember, a few months ago, I wrote about Knocking On Heaven’s Door from a personal perspective in the memories this book dredged up about my mother’s very flawed death (post: Lessons From My Mother’s Death).  What I didn’t write about is how valuable this book, and Ms. Butler, are in the movement for a better end of life experience.  Abraham Verghese — who is a professor and senior ­associate chairman for the theory and practice of medicine at Stanford University — captures the importance of this book, in this excerpt, from his New York Times review:

““Knocking on Heaven’s Door” is a thoroughly researched and compelling mix of personal narrative and hard-nosed reporting that captures just how flawed care at the end of life has become.  My hope is that this book might goad the public into pressuring their elected representatives to further transform health care from its present crisis-driven, reimbursement-driven model to one that truly cares for the patient and the family.  And since life is, after all, a fatal illness and none of us are spared, there is an urgent need for us in America to reclaim death from medicine and, whenever possible, enable the ritual of dying at home with family present (and aided by all medicine can offer) so that we are allowed to take our leave from earth with dignity.”


Here are Ms. Butler’s upcoming events and the link to her website.

May 16, 2014
Grand Rounds at Jamaica Hospital, NY (not open to public)

May 19, 2014
“West” Lecture at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, NY. Everyone welcome. For more info: West Lecture

May 22, 2014
Multi-hospital conference, “Reducing Suffering at the End of Life” at Cedars Sinai, Los Angeles. (not open to public)

June 10, 2014
Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA. 7 pm

June 12, 2014
Books Inc., Berkeley, CA. 7 pm

June 17, 2014
Luncheon Event, Milwaukee, WI

June 18, 2014
Wine & Cheese Reception & Reading, Winnetka, IL

June 19, 2014
Chicago End of Life Coalition, Chicago, IL.

June 23, 2014
Albuquerque Bookworks, NM. 7 pm

June 24, 2014
Kings English, Salt Lake City, UT. 7 pm

June 25, 2014
Boulder Bookstore, CO. 7 pm


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