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Tricycle contributing editor Amy Gross speaks with author Katy Butler about modern medicine’s often misguided approach to end-of-life care. Butler’s best-selling book, Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death, chronicles the author’s experience of her father’s slow decline following a devastating stroke. “There comes a point,” Butler says, “when death becomes a blessing and living becomes a burden.” In this episode of Tricycle Talks, Butler tells us what we need to know—and the conversations we need to have—to make responsible medical decisions for our loved ones and ourselves toward the end of life.

Read “A Life Too Long,” an adaption from Katy Butler’s Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death. 

Tricycle Talks is a podcast series featuring leading voices in the contemporary Buddhist world. You can listen to more Tricycle Talks on Spotify, iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher, and iHeartRadio.

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