BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande is a book which is significant to anyone perplexed by making decisions about aging loved ones or those dealing with a terminal illness. It traces the history of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and shows how life can be improved though limited. The book thoughtfully explains hospice care and palliative care. Dr. Gawande is an amazing writer. He tackles “the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending.” Though it could read as a textbook, it does not. His writing immediately catches the attention of the reader and the book flows smoothly. Though the subject is sad, it left me wanting to read and learn more. I am grateful that there are compassionate physicians willing to address this subject.