LOS ANGELES, Sept. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- BJ Miller, M.D., lost three limbs and nearly his life in an accident that set him on a palliative care crusade to change health care culture.
His TED Talk last year, "What really matters at the end of life," has generated more than 4 million views, making him one of the most sought-after speakers in the nation.
Dr. Miller brings his arresting blend of urgency and humble wisdom to the Museum of Tolerance, 6-9 pm, Sept. 13.
"An Evening with BJ Miller – What Really Matters," is among the cultural events the Providence Institute for Human Caring is presenting as part of the "Right, before I die" photo exhibition at the Museum of Tolerance through Sept. 30.
"The lived experience of dying can offer more than just suffering and sadness," Dr. Miller said. "These are also the foils for happiness, for beauty, for meaning making. That's the full equation we need to get across. That somehow living and dying aren't opposed. They're absolutely entwined with each other."
Following his presentation, Dr. Miller will engage in an audience Q-and-A and an open dialogue with Ira Byock, M.D., founder and chief medical officer of the Providence Institute for Human Caring and the driving force behind the "Right, before I die" exhibition.
The exhibition and evening with Dr. Miller pay tribute to those with serious illness, while highlighting America's health care crisis of people dying badly, largely due to lack of planning, Dr. Byock noted.
"'Right, before I die' creates the space for a community conversation about advanced care planning and completing advance health care directives, while illuminating the surprising potential for well-being and the richness of relationships that can be discovered, even as we near the end of our lives," Dr. Byock said.
"We tend to lose sight of the remarkable value of the time of life we call dying if we forget that it's always a personal and human event, and not just a medical one," he added.
For more information, visit the Institute for Human Caring's "Right, before I die" website.
About the Providence Institute for Human Caring:
The Providence Institute for Human Caring seeks to transform health care and strengthen ties to the communities Providence Health & Services serves. We are clinicians, educators, and health systems experts who believe everyone deserves the best care possible for physical health as well as for emotional, social and spiritual well-being. The Institute's goal: change health care culture to make caring for whole persons and their families the new normal. Serious illness not only affects people physically, it frequently robs them of their sense of security. People living with life-threatening medical conditions often say they feel lonely, frightened, confused and depressed. Whole person care melds state-of-the-art diagnostics and treatment with expertise and services to address their emotional, social and spiritual needs.
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SOURCE Providence Institute for Human Caring