How To Die: Episode 5

How To Die: Episode 5


All things grief, loss, and love with guest Dr. B.J. Miller. In this beautiful dialogue, we cover:

  • the many kinds of grief — what they are, how they function
  • why/how our brains avoid sadness
  • the role and importance of feelings and emotions at the end of life, and throughout our lives
  • how we each feel, process, and work with grief.

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Dr. BJ Miller is a longtime hospice and palliative medicine physician and educator. He currently sees patients and families via telehealth through Mettle Health, a company he co-founded with the aim to provide personalized, holistic consultations for any patient or caregiver who needs help navigating the practical, emotional and existential issues that come with serious illness and disability.

BJ has given over 100 talks nationally, and internationally, on the topics of death, dying, palliative care and the intersection of healthcare with design. His 2015 TED Talk: “Not Whether But How” (aka “What Matters Most at the End of Life”), has been viewed over 11 million times and his work has also been the subject of multiple interviews and podcasts, including Oprah Winfrey, PBS, The New York Times, The California Sunday Magazine, GOOP, Krista Tippett, Tim Ferriss and the TED Radio Hour. His book, A Beginner’s Guide to the End, was co-authored with Shoshana Berger and published in 2019.



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Dr. B.J. Miller


Grab a copy of BJ’s book: A Beginner’s Guide to the End

Visit Mettle Health, BJ’s new company providing virtual palliative support

Watch BJ’s stunning TED Talk

Listen to BJ’s Super Soul Sunday episode with Oprah



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