While there’s no official guidebook to dealing with death, a new book by Dr. B.J. Miller and Shoshana Berger comes pretty close.
“A Beginner's Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death” helps people who are nearing death or in the process of grieving.
They share advice that’s both practical — like tips for cleaning up your attic — to the more pithy — like advice on how to tell someone you’re dying.
The authors joined MPR News host Kerri Miller for a conversation about why they were inspired to write this guide, and why planning for death can be more comforting than you might think.
Dr. BJ Miller, a physician and an assistant professor of medicine at the University of California-San Francisco
Shoshana Berger, a writer and global editorial director at IDEO
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To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above.