Grief isn’t a pathology. It’s an altered state of mind. | BJ Miller, MD

July 23rd, 2019

Big Think

Give yourself the gift of knowledge — subscribe to Big Think Edge: - When it comes to moving forward, the slightly harder path — but in the long run, the way easier path — would be for us to develop the skill of grieving. - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross's theories about the five stages may be off, but she gave us a lens from which to come to understand the process of grieving. - The fact that you grieve is a testimony to your love. BJ Miller, MD, is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco where he practices and teaches palliative medicine. He has been profiled in The New York Times Magazine, and interviewed on Super Soul Sunday, The Tim Ferriss Show, and On Being with Krista Tippett, and has spoken at the Aspen Ideas Festival and around the world. Miller’s relationship with palliative care stems from an accident while an undergraduate at Princeton – an electric shock was nearly fatal and required the amputation of three limbs. He is the co-author of A Beginner's Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death ( If you're interested in licensing this or any other Big Think clip for commercial or private use, contact our licensing partner Executive Interviews: Read more at Follow Big Think here: YouTube: Facebook: Twitter: