Dr. Jeff Spiess
In this episode, Dr. Spiess recognized how the medical community failed patients that they could no longer help. This awareness led him towards deepening relationships with those dying, and how it led him to author, Dying with Ease: A compassionate Guide to Making Wiser End-of-Life Decisions.
Dr. Jeff Spiess has spent his medical career with people facing serious illness and death, first as an oncologist, then as a hospice physician. He has lectured extensively and is a leader in the field of end-of-life care.
Through extensive clinical experience and numerous conversations with the dying and those caring for, Dr. Spiess has observed the burden of unnecessary or avoidable suffering and distress engendered by the American tendency to avoid facing death as an inevitable personal reality. His interest in philosophy and theology informs his medical practice and writing. He finds additional insights in depictions of dying in literature, including sacred texts, music, and popular culture. His writing provides information and inspiration, challenging readers to honestly encounter their mortality to both die better and live more fully.
Dr. Spiess authored a book titled Dying with Ease: A Compassionate Guide to Making Wiser End-of-Life Decisions.
Learn more about Dr. Spiess and his work.