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The Lost Art of Dying

December 1, 2020 , 3:00pm 4:00pm

Hosted by Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons and The Green-Wood Cemetery

What can medieval manuscripts teach us today about living and dying well? Join Columbia Univ. physician L.S. Dugdale as she explores these texts and speaks from her new book The Lost Art of Dying.

For more than 500 years, the ‘ars moriendi’ or ‘art of dying’ genre of literature dominated living and dying in the West. These handbooks on the preparation for death spanned languages, religions, cultural contexts, and continents. In her new book, The Lost Art of Dying, Dugdale asks what it might look like to revive this forgotten wisdom. How might we learn from the past in order to move toward a future in which we live well in order to die well?

Dr. L.S. Dugdale is a primary care physician and professor at Columbia University, where she is Director of the Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. She has published widely in both the popular and academic press. Her first book, Dying in the Twenty-First Century, provides the scholarly foundation for her most recent book, The Lost Art of Dying: Reviving Forgotten Wisdom.

Discussion will be facilitated by Amy Cunningham, Funeral Director and Death Educator at Green-Wood.