I finished reading Being Mortal by Atul Gawande early in October. Having set it aside for a few days, my next task is to read it again and record my initial, somewhat random, thoughts and questions from each chapter. These will provide a starting point to organize and expand on my ideas and reflections about the book. Below are my takeaways from the Introduction.
I began clicking on articles about end-of-life questions and elder care several years ago. Sometimes I read them right away, and sometimes they sit in my browser tabs for a few weeks before I have the capacity to read and reflect on them.
Most of us will grow old, and we all will die. These are just facts. Yet these bare facts lead to a seemingly infinite cascade of complicated questions.
Criminy, it’s August again! Weird how that seems to come around regularly, amiright?