Take-Aways from the End Well Symposium

Below are some things I took away from attending the 2017 End Well Symposium. "End Well is a first of its kind gathering of design, tech, health care and activist communities with the goal of generating human-centered, interdisciplinary innovation for the end of life experience."

 BJ Miller of Zen Hospice giving a presentation at the End Well Symposium

BJ Miller of Zen Hospice giving a presentation at the End Well Symposium

  • Love constitutes life and death
  • Suffering is ok, let us not try to shy away from it 
  • Death is experienced through community, death can be and is often social
  • Death is profound, and we all experienced it, death has & will shape us all
  • Aesthetic experiences determine so much of the dying experience. "Experiential Care" must be valued more
  • Death is important AND imperative
  • Death and culture function in tandem, they affect eachother
  • Noise causes stress and stress causes noise
  • Death is not a medical issue, it's a human issue
  • Once you accept death, you can begin to think about today, instead of tomorrow
  • Death is not about the individual, it's about his/her relationships
  • High quality palliative care, & EOL protocol saves money
  • We must stop compartmentalizing death in life
  • People want to die in peace, not the ICU
  • Death is always uncertain and dreadful, people need stability
  • "People who are dying are also living"
  • "When somebody dies, it's a moment for the living"
  • Life is about power and control, & when we die, we lose that
  • Death can often bring a new life & it depends on outlook, how can we promote this?
  • Dying is a single event that pushes us to celebrate an entire life
  • Your relationship with the deceased can evolve even after they die
  • We need to care for those who care for others