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Past Event

L.S. Dugdale: The Lost Art of Dying

Death—it is the most human experience and yet the topic humans run away from at every opportunity. Why is this? What if we reimagined what death means to each of us personally and collectively as a society?

Columbia University physician Dr. L.S. Dugdale sets out to answer these questions and change the approach to death in her new book, The Lost Art of Dying. Dr. Dugdale’s long career in medicine has forced her to become intimate with death in a way very few are, as she is often tasked with guiding her patients through their final phase. Her unique position has gifted her with a new perspective on death that she now hopes to share with the world. She says death is something that we as a culture should celebrate, not be frightened of—but in order to die well, we must first live well. By recovering our sense of finitude, confronting our fears, accepting how our bodies age, and involving our communities in end-of-life care, we can discover what it means to both live and die well.

Join us for an honest and soulful conversation with Dr. Dugdale as we run toward the topic of death—freeing ourselves from the fear of the finite.


This is a free event; we welcome donations made during registration to support the production of our online programming

Copies of Dugdale's book, The Lost Art of Dying, can be purchased during the registration process (for shipping to U.S. domestic addresses only)

This is an online-only program; pre-register to receive a link to the live stream

Dugdale photo by Julia Hembree Smith

September 1, 2020

United States

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L.S. Dugdale
M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, Director of the Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, Columbia University; Author, The Lost Art of Dying: Reviving Forgotten Wisdom
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In Conversation with Jessica Zitter
M.D., MPH, Critical and Palliative Care Specialist; Twitter @JessicaZitter

noon–1 p.m. (Pacific Time) program