“He who should teach men to die would at the same time teach them to live.” Those are the words of the French Renaissance writer Michel de Montaigne, who believed that understanding death was a prerequisite for mastering the art of living. In essence, death is not an unknown to be feared, but rather a part of life that is inevitable and should be accepted. That is why Dr. Christopher Kerr and Professor Carine Mardorossian set out to research patients who were on their deathbeds, to see just how they dealt with the fate that awaited them. What they found is that oftentimes, patients would have vivid dreams that felt “more real than real,” which gave them all unique end-of-life experiences which they catalogued. On this episode Carine Mardorossian, State University of New York – Buffalo Professor of English and co-author of the book “Death is but a Dream: Hope and Meaning at Life’s End” joins us on the Buzz.
The Conversation | As death approaches, our dreams offer comfort, reconciliation