Exploring the Use of Language in End-of-Life Care with Dr. Sunita Puri

In this conversation Dr. Sunita Puri discusses language and its use in end-of-life care.


Dr. Sunita Puri is the Medical Director of the Palliative Medicine Service at Keck Hospital and Norris Cancer Center of the University of Southern California, where she also serves as Chair of the Ethics Committee. Sunita is the author of "That Good Night: Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour", a critically acclaimed literary memoir examining her journey to the practice of palliative medicine, and her quest to help patients and families redefine what it means to live and die well in the face of serious illness. Sunita received writing residencies at the MacDowell Colony, UCross Foundation, and Mesa Refuge, and, most recently, the Hedgebrook Foundation. The recipient of a Rhodes Scholarship, her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Slate, and the Journal of the American Medical Association. In 2018, she was awarded the Etz Chaim Tree of Life Award from the USC School of Medicine, awarded annually to a member of the faculty who, in the eyes of the campus community, models and provides humanistic and compassionate care.

Link to her book “That Good Night” https://www.amazon.com/That-Good-Night-Medicine-Eleventh/dp/0735223319

Dr. Puri’s website: https://sunitapuri.com/

Photo of Dr. Sunita Puri courtesy of David Zaugh copyright 2018


Over the years I have had the privilege of meeting and working with many amazing individuals who have dedicated their lives in service to others in end-of-life care. It is my honor to offer this series of inspiring, heartfelt conversations with noted professionals to make them available for all to listen in and learn from. As the host of this series, I truly feel blessed to have the opportunity to dialogue with each guest and learn from the rich wisdom they share. A gift from my heart to yours to help traverse this very tender life transition and bring greater comfort in being with the dying and supporting those in grief.


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