May 24, 2019
Zephyr Institute

Illuminating the Way: Human Flourishing at the End of Life

A Zephyr Salon with Dr. Keri Brenner (Stanford School of Medicine)

Time & Location

May 24, 2019
Zephyr Institute
560 College Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306, USA


What themes are most salient and universal at the end-of-life? Can the experience of serious illness paradoxically catalyze human flourishing? Why do some people seem to have fulfillment, rather than despair, as they face suffering? 


Dr. Keri Brenner, a palliative care physician and psychiatrist at Stanford School of Medicine, shared reflections and an empirical understanding of these inquiries. She discussed patient and family experiences that reveal some of the most important existential and psychodynamic themes with serious illness. She also shared how facing mortality can better inform a more integrated, flourishing life. This Zephyr Salon included patient narratives, relevant literature and an engaging discussion with participants. This event was open to the general public, and may be of particular interest to those who have experience in healthcare, existential philosophy, psychology or anyone who has journeyed with serious illness.




Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine

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