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Planning for end of life when you’ve still got time left to live

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Shoshana Berger (left) and Dr. BJ Miller (right)
Shoshana Berger (left) and Dr. BJ Miller (right) join MPR News host Kerri Miller for a conversation about their new book “A Beginner’s Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death.”
Photos by Nicolas Zurcher and Todd Hido

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. 
 
Guests:
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

Related: How advanced care directives can improve end-of-life care, costs

To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above.

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