Summary of the book
In his book, At Death’s Door: End of Life Stories from the Bedside (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, March 2017), Dr. Sepulveda shares his firsthand accounts of working with dying patients, exposing a profound lack of acceptance of death even under the most obvious circumstances. At Death’s Door features over fifty stories drawn from Dr. Sepulveda’s experience as a doctor dealing with these patients and families.
At Death’s Door includes the several reality-based options available to patients and their families, revealing how real people have come to end of life decisions, and how they play out. With insight and sensitivity, Dr. Sepulveda offers families an important window into how life can end with compassion, care, control, and dignity.
At Death’s Door has been adapted for both a TV pilot on end of life care featuring a few of the most dramatic stories from the book, as well as a documentary featuring interviews with medical team members, patients and family members, as well a priest and a lawyer.