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Caitlin Doughty: The Young Mortician
What My Hospice Patients Wanted You to Know
As a hospice doctor I have had the privilege throughout my medical career of sitting at the bedsides of hundreds of patients. I have listened to their stories, answered their questions and shared their concerns as they faced the gradual decline that occurs at the end of life.
But I also asked questions of my own as we sat together over those final days. Always a willing student, I viewed my patients as teachers who have explored unknown territory that I too will some day experience. Over and over again I have discovered gems of priceless wisdom in the words of the dying and have learned valuable lessons for living my own life.
Many patients asked me to share this knowledge with the world since they are no longer here to tell their own stories. This request led to the book What Really Matters: 7 Lessons for Living from the Stories of the Dying, where I compiled those stories into a framework for living well before we die. That book contains profound spiritual wisdom but here is some of the simple everyday advice my patients also asked me to share: