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Reality Is Your Friend

Katy Butler lives in California, but she feels a connection to Queens. In 2014, she spoke at Jamaica Hospital about death and dying. Her new book, The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life, explores the same topic.

Butler says her book is different from others about death and dying because it “demystifies the foreign subculture of medicine, so you can understand its unspoken rules and empower yourself to get the best of what that system has to offer, and avoid the worst.”

Her life lesson for readers? “Reality is your friend. Face it and you’ll do better than if you try to hide. Suffering results from not accepting things as they are, and responding out of denial rather than deep acceptance. It’s a spiritual task, and we work at it our entire lives.”

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Wed, 2019-05-01 01:32