• Myriame Lyons

Being Mortal - Book Review

There are few books that I would say one needs to read. If it is a question about how you want to live your life until the very end then this one is a must. Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande, is an incredible read that provides both insights into the the 21st century world of medicine, as well as ignites personal reflections around what life and living is really about. As the San Francisco Chronicle stated, it is ”a needed call to action”.

Gawande’s book Being Mortal has come into my professional life at a time where being curious as a Registered Clinical Counsellor about one's life brings tremendous insight and meaning. Growing up in a family of medical professionals it wasn’t unusual for table talk to turn to topics of wellbeing and wellness, death and dying, and everything in between. I grew accustomed to hearing my parents discuss their values about life and death. For me talking about these “taboo” topics was normal.