Sep 07 2019
Katy Butler – The Art of Dying Well

Katy Butler – The Art of Dying Well

Presented by Point Reyes Books and Mesa Refuge at Point Reyes Presbyterian Church

The Art of Dying Well is about living as well as possible for as long as possible and adapting successfully to change.

Packed with extraordinarily helpful insights and inspiring true stories, award-winning journalist and prominent end-of-life speaker Katy Butler shows how to thrive in later life (even when coping with a chronic medical condition), how to get the best from our health system, and how to make your own “good death” more likely.

This handbook of step by step preparations—practical, communal, physical, and sometimes spiritual—will help you make the most of your remaining time, be it decades, years, or months.

Butler explains how to successfully age in place, why to pick a younger doctor and how to have an honest conversation with her, when not to call 911, and how to make your death a sacred rite of passage rather than a medical event.

This down-to-earth manual for living, aging, and dying with meaning and even joy is based on Butler’s own experience caring for aging parents, as well as hundreds of interviews with people who have successfully navigated a fragmented health system and helped their loved ones have good deaths. It also draws on interviews with nationally recognized experts in family medicine, palliative care, geriatrics, oncology, hospice, and other medical specialties.

Katy Butler’s articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Best American Science Writing, and The Best American Essays. A finalist for a National Magazine Award, she lives in Northern California. She is the author of Knocking on Heaven’s Door and The Art of Dying Well.

Admission Info

$25 – Reading (benefits Mesa Refuge)
$65 – Reception and Reading (includes book)

Phone: 415.663.1542


Additional time info:

5:00-6:30 pm – Reception with Katy: Mesa Refuge, 11 Los Reyes, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
7:00 – Reading: Point Reyes Presbyterian Church

Dates & Times

2019/09/07 - 2019/09/07

Location Info

Point Reyes Presbyterian Church

11445 Shoreline Highway, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956