Seekers of Meaning 7/21/2023: Michael Connelly, author of “The Journey’s End: An Investigation into Death and Dying in Modern America”

On this week’s episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, author Michael Doring Connelly, a 40-plus-year healthcare veteran and former CEO of Mercy Health, discusses his book, The Journey’s End: An Investigation into Death and Dying in Modern America.

In the conversation, Connelly details how to change the standard approach to end-of-life care and the practical benefits of facing death as a reality rather than trying to medicalize it. 

The author claims that when the system stops fighting death with invasive procedures and prescription drugs, dying becomes a shared, caring family experience rather than a cold, clinical and medical ordeal.

Emphasizing the importance of knowledge and communication, The Journey’s End aims to raise awareness of the key issues driving the dysfunction of U.S. healthcare, with attention to how the elderly bear the brunt, while encouraging people to develop “death literacy.” 

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About the Guest

Photo courtesy of Sally Connelly

Michael Doring Connelly

Michael Doring Connelly served as CEO of Mercy Health, one of the nation’s largest health systems, from 1994 to 2017. He previously served as an executive with the Daughters of Charity National Health System (now the Ascension Health System) and has experience with healthcare systems in Germany, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Sweden and Spain. He has published numerous articles in various healthcare journals and served as the chair of prominent organizations, including Catholic Charities USA. He lives on Johns Island, South Carolina.

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