Many of us are living longer than ever but are we living any better? Are we dying any better? In this panel, doctors, writers and caregivers will challenge our society’s current approach to death and dying and discuss how telling our stories can be a catalyst for change.
Louise Aronson MD, MFA, is a geriatrician, author, and professor of medicine at UCSF. Her writing appears in a wide range of publications; she is the author of "A History of the Present Illness."
Katy Butler’s bestselling first book, “Knocking on Heaven’s Door: the Path to a Better Way of Death,” sparked a passionate national conversation about how medicine fails at the end of life. It won a Books for a Better Life award, and was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.
Zoe FitzGerald Carter
Zoe FitzGerald Carter is the author of “Imperfect Endings,” a memoir about her mother’s decision to end her life after living with Parkinson’s for many years. Excerpted in O: The Oprah Magazine, it was a finalist for the National MS Society’s Books for a Better Life Awards.
Monica Wesolowska is the author of the memoir “Holding Silvan: A Brief Life,” which was named a “Best Book of 2013” by both The Boston Globe and Library Journal. Her stories and essays have appeared in many other venues including the New York Times, The Carolina Quarterly, and “Best New American Voices.”
Jessica Nutik Zitter
Jessica Nutik Zitter practices Pulmonary and Critical Care as well as Palliative Care medicine at Highland Hospital in Oakland. She is completing a narrative-based account of the experience of death and dying in our nation’s hospitals and Intensive Care Units.