The Patient Perspective Series presents The UNSPEAKABLE Series: A Conversation on Empathy, Loss, and Friendship, a program of Keck Medicine of USC and the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Incurable illness comes with difficult questions: How do we reset our goals to spend our remaining days in ways that are true to our preferences and values? If the end of life if near, what does it mean and feel like to accompany those we love in their journeys? In her powerful novel, What Are You Going Through, New York Times bestselling author and 2018 National Book Award winner Sigrid Nunez tells the story of a writer who agrees to a startling request from a longtime, terminally ill friend, resulting in her own deeply personal transformation. Sigrid joins Dr. Sunita Puri, USC medical director of palliative care and author of the acclaimed memoir That Good Night: Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour, to discuss the ways that illness can reconfigure our relationships, how we think and talk with our loved ones about suffering, and how human connections sustain us through life’s transitions.