Wouldn’t It Be Better to Hear Your Eulogy Before You’re Dead? (NSQ Ep. 8)

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Relevant References & Research

Question #1: Should we have funerals before people die?

  • Stephen refers to a living-funeral scene in the book Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. This was the living funeral of sociologist Morrie Schwartz who, after being diagnosed with A.L.S., arranged for his loved ones to eulogize him before he died.
  • Stephen and Angela reminisce about the work and life of their recently-passed friend Anders Ericsson, a cognitive psychologist. Ericsson authored the book Peak: Secrets From the New Science of Expertise and researched the thinking and reasoning of champions and those who excel. Ericsson has been on several Freakonomics Radio episodes, including “How to Be More Productive,” “How to Become Great at Just About Anything,” “How to Get More Grit in Your Life,” and “Why We Choke Under Pressure (and How Not To).” Reported by Freakonomics.


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