[Episode 04] Approaching the End of Life – Conversation with Dr. Jessica Zitter

[Episode 04] Approaching the End of Life – Conversation with Dr. Jessica Zitter

If you were critically injured or ill, how would you want to spend your final days? Death and illness are often taboo subjects in our culture, but how might we benefit from talking about them more? In our current medical culture, the old and the ill are often intubated, catheterized and even shelved away in care facilities to live out their final days alone, confused and often in pain. And while most people believe they don’t need to have end of life conversations until they are old, it’s a conversation we could all benefit from having earlier in life.  Join us with Dr. Jessica Zitter as we explore how to formulate our own ideas and preferences around the end of life, as well as how to have these conversations with others.

Jessica Zitter, MD, MPH, author of Extreme Measures: Finding A Better Path to the End of Life, is an expert on the medical experience of death and dying. She attended Stanford University and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and completed her residency in internal medicine at the Brigham and Woman’s Hospital in Boston. She was a fellow in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Zitter is double boarded in the two specialties of pulmonary/critical care medicine and palliative care medicine – a rare combination. She writes for the New York Times, The Huffington Post, the Pacific Standard, The Atlantic, and the Journal of Palliative Medicine, and is featured in Extremis, an award-winning documentary about end-of-life decision making in an ICU.

Anatomy of Living Podcast with Ashton Szabo

Approaching the End of Life – Conversation with Dr. Jessica Zitter [Episode 04]

Special Guest: Dr. Jessica Zitter


Producer and Host: Ashton Szabo

Sound Engineer: Zach Cooper

Intro and Outro Music: Emily Ann Peterson


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About The Author

Ashton’s mission in life is to empower others to live more meaningful lives through a deeper understanding of themselves. He began studying yoga as a young boy at the age of twelve, while already immersed in martial arts since he was five years old. In 2006, at the age of twenty-six, he left for the Far East and spent the next six and a half years traveling the world, learning from yogis, holy men, shaman and anyone else with insight into the nature of reality, convinced he was on the path to become a monk. Everything changed when he met his eventual wife, Kristi, and they had a beautiful daughter together: Sequoia. Being a parent also changed Ashton’s perspective on living in the world. He moved back to the United States with the intention of making the world a better place for this and future generations. He now lives with his family in Grass Valley, California where he, in addition to teaching locally, creates online courses and podcasts to share what he has learned with the world.

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