Undying Love: An Intimate Conversation About End Of LIfe

Lucy Kalanithi, MD & Frank Ostaseski


Lucy Kalanithi has said that one of the most important aspects of caregiving for her husband was helping him maintain his identity as his capacities narrowed. Frank Ostaseski calls the foundation for this support of the whole individual “undying love.” Together they share the experience of fully embracing the suffering, beauty and wonder of staying connected to the essential person at the center of care.

About the speaker(s)

Lucy Kalanithi, MD is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. She is the widow of the late Dr. Paul Kalanithi, author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, When Breath Becomes Air, for which she wrote the epilogue. She has postdoctoral fellowship training in health care delivery innovation from Stanford’s Clinical Excellence Research Center and special interests in health care value and meaning in medicine as well as patient-centered and end of life care.

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