Sunday Book Review : Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the EndBeing Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I had no idea what to expect with this one. Books by surgeon’s seem to be pretty hit or miss. I was stunned with this one. Gawande articulately puts forth how important it is to understand what matters in the end, BEFORE THE END. We tend to avoid these conversations as they feel awkward and uncomfortable, but ultimately they are freeing when had early.

While hiking the other day my adult daughter asked “Dad is it weird to talk about buying a burial plot and how to handle death at my age?”. Her husband is active duty in the Army, so for her this is something on her mind. We had a good discussion as a family about how we viewed such things and how important these conversations can be. It was splendid.

If you have aging parents this is a must read now. Don’t put it off.

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