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Episode 17: Award-winning journalist and best selling author Katy Butler’s Interview on the impermanence of human existence and the role of rituals

The Hospice Chaplaincy Show hosts Saul Ebema and Joe Newton are joined remotely in the studio by the legendary author, public speaker and journalist Katy Butler. She has written two groundbreaking books about the end of life. Her first book, Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death, is a national bestseller. She has followed that up with her new book, The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life.

Katy Butler is also a thought leader in the national movement for medical reform.  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. 

Born in South Africa and raised in Oxford, England, Katy came to America as a girl, earned a BA from Wesleyan University, and was a staff reporter for The San Francisco Chronicle. Her writing has appeared in The New YorkerMother JonesScientific American,Atlantic,TricyclePsychotherapy NetworkerBest American Essays, and Best American Science Writing.

Note: You can buy Katy’s books here;

  1. Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death,
  2. The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life.

You can watch Katy Butler  talk about mortality and end-of-life care with other experts here. https://www.c-span.org/video/?471815-1/authors-end-life-care

Hospice Chaplaincy is committed to promoting excellence in spiritual care at the end of life. Our mission is to advance research initiatives that promote a better understanding of the psychosocial and psycho-spiritual aspects of end of life care. We are dedicated to providing patient advocacy, support and education services to individuals, clergy and medical professionals resulting in improvements in providing quality spiritual care at the end of life.

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