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What really matters at the end of life | BJ Miller | TED

What really matters at the end of life | BJ Miller | TED

Visit to get our entire library of TED Talks, transcripts, translations, personalized talk recommendations and more. At the end of our lives, what do we most wish for? For many, it’s simply comfort, respect, love. BJ Miller is a palliative care physician who thinks deeply about how to create a dignified, graceful end of life for his patients. Take the time to savor this moving talk, which asks big questions about how we think on death and honor life. The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. You're welcome to link to or embed these videos, forward them to others and share these ideas with people you know. Follow TED on Twitter: Like TED on Facebook: Subscribe to our channel: TED's videos may be used for non-commercial purposes under a Creative Commons License, Attribution–Non Commercial–No Derivatives (or the CC BY – NC – ND 4.0 International) and in accordance with our TED Talks Usage Policy ( For more information on using TED for commercial purposes (e.g. employee learning, in a film or online course), please submit a Media Request at

Our Recommended Go-To Resources on End of Life Issues

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The Hastings Center Guidelines for Decision Making on Life Sustaining Treatment and Care Near the End of Life, Second Edition

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The Oxford Handbook of Ethics at the End of Life

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Clinical Ethics: A Practical Approach to Ethical Decisions in Clinical Medicine, Eighth Edition

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