End Well 2023: It's About Time

Los Angeles, CA, November 16, 2023

Dr. Byock joined a host of other speakers to present personal stories and share essential information about how we can shift the culture around all things end of life.

EndWell, 2023-11-16Duration: 15 Mins

Dr. Byock is the first speaker.
View Dr. Ira Byock at 2:25:0 to 17:25:0 in the video.



Is Hospice Losing Its Way: A Podcast with Ira Byock and Joseph Shega

The Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Annual Assembly, Montreal, Canada, March 24, 2023.

In November of 2022, Ava Kofman published a piece in the New Yorker titled “How Hospice Became a For-Profit Hustle.”  Some viewed this piece as an affront to the amazing work hospice does for those approaching the end of their lives by cherry picking stories of a few bad actors to paint hospice is a bad light. For others, this piece, while painful to read, gave voice to what they have been feeling over the last decade – hospice has in some ways lost its way in a quest of promoting profit over care. In this podcast, recorded at the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Annual Meeting, we invited two thought leaders in the field, Ira Byock and Joseph Shega, to discuss among other things:  Is hospice losing its way?

End of Life University

Ep. 387 How to Save Hospice with Ira Byock MD, January 23, 2023

Real Talk about Life and Death
Host: Dr. Karen Wyatt

Learn about some positive steps that are needed to heal the current hospice industry in the U.S. and how your story can make a difference.

We discuss his recent essay opinion piece published in STAT online: “Hospice Care Needs Saving,” which is a response to the November 2022 Propublica/New Yorker article How the Visionary Hospice Movement Became a For-Profit Hustle.


From Scratch - A Discussion on Loss with Dr. Ira Byock and Tembi Locke

The Institute for Human Caring, May 15, 2022

Dr. Ira Byock in conversation with Tembi Locke, actress and author, about Sicily and pesto, life and loss.

Winner of the Bronze Telly Award for 2022.

Caring Well through the End of Life - Lessons from the Pandemic

The Institute for Human Caring, April 14, 2022

Drs. Ira Byock and Matthew Gonzales deliver a presentation on how the Institute for Human Caring made healthcare more personal during the COVID pandemic.


Dealing With Grief: The Four Things That Matter Most featuring Ira Byock

Dealing with GRIEF: A Series of 5 Short Powerful Videos, July 8, 2021

To help address complex trauma, the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation (HPNF) has teamed up with the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA), the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network (SWHPN), the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC), and the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) to bring you complimentary innovative resources on grief education.
Dealing with GRIEF - A Series of 5 Short, Powerful Videos aims to provide timely and practical information to help you care for the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual needs of your patients and their families.
Each video is 2-5 minutes in length and includes a downloadable resource guide which are provided below. The videos are complimentary and can be accessed via YouTube.


Clarity Amid Crises: Seeing Ourselves with 2020 Vision

2020 National Summit on Advanced Illness Care, Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC), October 28, 2020

During this first plenary of the 2020 National Summit on Advanced Illness Care, Dr. Byock discusses the moment in which we find ourselves, and issues an urgent call for action to chart a path forward.

Fast Five: Strategies for Addressing Moral Distress in Frontline Health Care Workers

CAPC Palliative, July 1, 2020

In this Fast Five from the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), Dr. Ira Byock, Chief Medical Officer for the Providence Health System Institute for Human Caring shares three practical initiatives that can foster human connection among patients, families, and clinical care teams when in-person visits are restricted or the heavy use of personal protective equipment limits the ability to connect in a meaningful way.

A Conversation about Covid-19 and Life with Dr. Ira Byock

The Salome Institute of Jungian, April 16, 2020

In this conversation with Palliative Care pioneer and author, Dr. Ira Byock, we learn about the value of mortality and what we can do in this global health crisis to deepen our relationships and take care of some logistical loose ends. He is joined in conversation by his daughter, Salome Institute director, Satya Doyle Byock.


Psychedelics: Podcast with Ira Byock

GeriPal podcast, June 9, 2019

Why physicians must communicate better

Dr. Ira Byock and Anthony Shore End Well: Design for the End of Life Experience, Mar 11, 2019

This GeriPal podcast features Dr. Ira Byock, a leading palliative care physician, author, and public advocate for improving care through the end of life.

Ira Byock wrote a provocative and compelling paper in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management titled, “Taking Psychedelics Seriously.“

In this podcast Ira Byock talks about the use of psychedelics for patients with serious and life-limiting illness. Guest host Josh Biddle (UCSF Palliative care fellow) asks, “Should clinicians who prescribe psychedelics try them first to understand what their patients are going through?” The answer is “yes” — read or listen on for more!


What is the difference between death and dying? Palliative care pioneer, physician, and author Ira Byock, MD asks why we seem to be losing our ability to relate to those who are dying, and inspires us to change this by changing our language. He is joined by award-winning linguist Anthony Shore.




In these videos, Dr. Byock shares his expertise on improving care for people through the end of life. He explains the need to extend attention beyond state-of-art disease treatments to the physical, emotional, spiritual, and social well-being of every ill person with his or her family.


Ending Life

CBS 60 Minutes, Oct 19, 2014


Should terminally ill patients be able to choose when they die

PBS The NewsHour, Oct 14, 2014

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