S3E44: Find Your Mettle with BJ Miller

We interview BJ Miller: author, TED speaker and President and Counselor at Mettle Health, the first of its kind for anyone confronting illness, disability, aging, or death.  While you can’t change diagnosis, you can change the way you navigate it.

BJ Miller in a black and white photo
Photo from PBS article: Dr. BJ Miller’s project, the Center for Dying and Living, is a website designed for people to share their stories related to living with illness, disability or loss, or their stories of caring for someone with those conditions.
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In this episode:

  • 01:24 – How the Turkey earthquake has modified traditional Muslim burials
  • 07:47 – Interview with Dr. Miller – Why are services at Mettle Health needed today?
  • 22:02 – Outro

Who is BJ Miller?

Dr. Miller is a physician who has dedicated his career to moving healthcare towards a human-centered approach, on a policy as well as a personal level. Led by his own experiences as a patient, BJ advocates for the roles of our senses, community, and presence in designing a better ending. His interests are in working across disciplines to affect broad-based culture change, cultivating a civic model for aging, and dying and furthering the message that suffering and dying are fundamental and intrinsic aspects of life.

BJ Miller is our guest in this week’s podcast

More About Mettle Health

Traditional healthcare doesn’t do a very good job of helping people live with illness and loss. That’s why BJ’s team started Mettle Health. They provide support and guidance for individuals and families to live well in the face of health challenges, and even thrive.

Website: https://www.mettlehealth.com/
Email: info@mettlehealth.com

PO Box 2081
751 E Blithedale Ave.
Mill Valley, CA 94941


Recipe of the Week

This Arabic treat (“sweetmeat”) is known across the Middle East and India and common at funerals. We bring you this in remembrance of the victims of the Turkey earthquake. May meals such as this bring comfort. Epicurious offers Halvain 5 ways – get the recipe Here.

Three different preparations of the Middle Eastern treat Halvain, a common funeral food.
Halva 5 Ways from Epicurious

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Everyone Dies: and yes, it is normal!

Everyone Dies (and yes, it is normal) is a story about a young boy named Jax who finds something special on the beach where he and his grandpa Pops are enjoying a wonderful day. Pops helps Jax understand that death is a normal part of life. This book provides an age appropriate, non-scary, comfortable way to introduce the important topic of mortality to a preschool child. Its simple explanation will last a lifetime. Autographed copies for sale at: www.everyonediesthebook.com. Also available at Amazon

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