How to Die Well, According to a Palliative Care Doctor

Preparing for death by making peace with it

Mark Starmach
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12 min readJan 18, 2019


Illustrations: Mark Starmach

First, you withdraw.

Life shrinks down to the size of your home, then to your bedroom, then to your bed—sometimes over months, but more often over weeks.

Old joys stop having the same pull.