- Writer's Voice - 20131115-Katy Butler

Katy Butler This week on Writers' Voices we welcome Katy Butler, whose searingly honest memoir about her parents' deaths, "Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death," is serving to open a much-needed conversation on whether extending life through medical intervention is always the right choice. It examines the ways in which our medical system encourages choices that may lead to unintended  consequences, including an increasing number of deaths in hospital intensive care units, surrounded by machines and strangers, as opposed to dying at home with loved ones.

In her book and her interview, Katy also shares a very personal account of the ways in which the extension of the dying process affect the family caregivers, both positively and negatively.  Katy Butler was awarded the Science in Society Prize from the National Association of Science Writers. Her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New Yorker, the NY Times, Best American Essays, and Best American Science Writing.