POSTPONED UNTIL SUMMER--BOOK LAUNCH FOR DR. CHRISTOPHER KERR'S DEATH IS BUT A DREAM AT LARKIN SQUARE
Upon consultation with our collaborator and venue host Larkin Square, and following NY State guidelines on density reduction, we have decided to cancel this upcoming author event with Dr. Kerr. We are really sorry to have to do this. We hope to reschedule in the summer; please check here and on social media for updates.
Talking Leaves…Books and Larkin Square present Dr. Christopher Kerr in an event to launch his just-published Death is But a Dream: Finding Hope and Meaning at Life’s End (Avery Publishing), the first book to validate the meaningful dreams and visions that bring comfort as death nears. Dr. Kerr and his co-author Carine Mardorossian will appear in a conversation moderated by University at Buffalo English Professor Christina Milletti. This event is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to purchase a copy of the book as an act of respect and support for the authors and the hosts of the book launch.
Christopher Kerr is a hospice doctor. All of his patients die. Yet he has cared for thousands of patients who, in the face of death, speak of love and grace. Beyond the physical realities of dying are unseen processes that are remarkably life-affirming. These include dreams that are unlike any regular dream. Described as “more real than real,” these end-of-life experiences resurrect past relationships, meaningful events and themes of love and forgiveness; they restore life’s meaning and mark the transition from distress to comfort and acceptance.
Drawing on interviews with over 1,400 patients and more than a decade of quantified data, Dr. Kerr reveals that pre-death dreams and visions are extraordinary occurrences that humanize the dying process. He shares how his patients’ stories point to death as not solely about the end of life, but as the final chapter of humanity’s transcendence. Kerr’s book also illuminates the benefits of these phenomena for the bereaved, who find solace in seeing their loved ones pass with a sense of calm closure.
Beautifully written, with astonishing real-life characters and stories, this book is at its heart a celebration of our power to reclaim the dying process as a deeply meaningful one. Death Is But a Dream is an important contribution to our understanding of medicine’s and humanity’s greatest mystery.
Dr. Christopher Kerr is the CEO and chief medical officer at Hospice Buffalo. His research has received international attention and has been featured in The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, and the BBC. Carine Mardorossian is Professor of English at University at Buffalo, author of Reclaiming Difference:Caribbean Women Rewrite Postcolonialism and Framing the Rape Victim: Gender and Agency Reconsidered, and co-author of Death is But a Dream. Christina Millletti is Associate Professor and Director of Creative Writing in the English Department, Executive Director of the Humanities Institute, and co-curator of the Exhibit X Fiction Series, all at the University at Buffalo. She is the author of Choke Box: a Fem-Noir, winner of the Juniper Prize for fiction, and of The Religious and Other Fictions.