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New York Times bestseller, “When Breath Becomes Air”, by Paul Kalanithi chronicles the author’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed by the question, given that all organisms die, of what makes a virtuous and meaningful life”? Paul, an aspiring neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, that most critical place for human identity, becomes a patient and a new father confronting his own mortality. We’ll explore what makes life worth living in the face of death. What do we do when the future, no longer a ladder toward our goals in life, flattens out into a present that now sees an ending? Are we allowing the fear of death to rob us of being fully alive? These are some of the questions that we’ll be addressing over four Wednesday evenings as we discuss how we or our loved ones can “go on”, or in popular parlance “keep on keeping on”, particularly when facing a terminal illness prognosis. We invite you to bring your personal insights, your questions, even your doubts and fears as we take hope from the author as he quotes Samuel Beckett’s famous 7 words: “I can’t go on. I’ll go on.”

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