B.J. Miller’s unique approach to death and dying begins with an accident that cost him three limbs. After a party in 1990, he and a few friends scaled a parked commuter train where he was hit with 11,000 volts from an overhead power line. He suffered extensive burns and hovered close to death, waking up days after the incident with no memories of what had happened.
As Miller began the slow process of getting used to his new normal, he made the decision to view his situation as uniquely different rather than uniquely difficult. It was, he explained, “(a) variation on a theme we all deal with — to be human is really hard.” And so began his journey towards changing the way that we view death.
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