Bookshop Santa Cruz and Hospice of Santa Cruz County welcome bestselling author Katy Butler (Knocking on Heaven’s Door) for a book discussion and signing of The Art of Dying Well, in which she seeks to restore an element of the sacred to the process of dying, and provides the tools to navigate a modern medical system that is inadequately designed to meet the needs of the elderly and patients managing prolonged illnesses. This crucial guide prepares readers for seven phases of late life, from vigorous old age to the final breath. Filled with life-affirming and relatable anecdotes, each chapter addresses a specific stage: Resilience, Slowing Down, Adaptation, Awareness of Mortality, House of Cards, Preparing for a Good Death, and Active Dying.
“In plain English and with plenty of true stories to illustrate her advice, Katy Butler provides a brilliant map for living well through old age and getting from the health system what you want and need, while avoiding what you don't. Armed with this superb book, you can take back control of how you live before you die.”
—Diane E. Meier, MD, Director, Center to Advance Palliative Care
The author of the New York Times bestseller Knocking on Heaven’s Door, Katy Butler’s articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Best American Science Writing, and The Best American Essays. A finalist for a National Magazine Award, she lives in Northern California.
This event is co-sponsored by Hospice of Santa Cruz County.
This free event will take place at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Chairs for open seating are usually set up an hour before the event begins. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org by March 25th, 2018 if you have any ADA accommodation requests.