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Katy Butler and Her Book, The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life

December 14, 2022

Award-winning journalist, public speaker, and bestselling author Katy Butler has written two groundbreaking books about the end of life and is a thought leader in the national movement for medical reform.

Her first book, Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death, a national bestseller, was named one of the 100 Most Notable Books of 2013 by the New York Times.  The book was based on her groundbreaking 2010 New York Times Magazine article about her family’s difficult end-of-life experiences. (“What Broke My Father’s Heart”) 

SoundPractice host Mike Sacopulos interviewed Katy Butler about her new book, The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life.

A popular speaker on doctor-patient communication and the choices families face near the end of life, Katy has given keynotes and Grand Rounds at Harvard Medical School, Kaiser Permanente, UCSF, and elsewhere.

Her interests include Slow Medicine, aging parents, bioethics, parental caregiving, spirituality, dementia, family caregiving, Alzheimer’s Disease, end of life decisions, compassionate care, comfort care, palliative care, hospice, meditation, Zen practice, Buddhism, and how people transform themselves and their lives, especially at the boundary of the psychological and the spiritual.

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