TED Talks About End of Life

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Why Thinking About Death Helps You Live a Better Life

Alua Arthur | TED
As a death doula, or someone who supports dying people and their loved ones, Alua Arthur spends a lot of time thinking about the end of life. In a profound talk that examines our brief, perfectly human time on this planet, she asks us to look at our lives through the lens of our deaths in seeking to answer the question: “What must I do to be at peace with myself so that I may live presently and die gracefully?” If you love watching TED Talks like this one, become a TED Member to support our mission of spreading ideas: https://ted.com/membership

Runtime: 18:37, July 2023

I See Dead People:
Dreams and Visions of the Dying

Dr. Christopher Kerr | TEDxBuffalo
Dr. Christopher Kerr speaks at a 2015 TEDx event Buffalo, New York. Dr. Christopher W. Kerr is the Chief Medical Officer at The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, where he has worked since 1999. His background in research has evolved from bench science towards the human experience of illness as witnessed from the bedside, specifically patients’ dreams and visions at the end of life. Although medically ignored, these near universal experiences often provide comfort and meaning as well as insight into the life led and the death anticipated. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

Runtime:  17:25 minutes, December 2015

How Doctors Tell Patients They’re Dying

Being Mortal | FRONTLINE
When Clyde Earle checked into a hospital expecting to return home, his doctor, Kathy Selvaggi, had to deliver some bad news. Our film “Being Mortal” explores issues of death, aging, and what is important in the last days of life. Viewers like you help make this journalism possible. Support your local PBS Station here: http://www.pbs.org/donate and the FULL EPISODE here.

Runtime: 5:29, February 2015