Sunita Puri on How Grief Has Changed Under the Pandemic
From The Quarantine Tapes Podcast with Paul Holdengräber
Hosted by Paul Holdengräber, The Quarantine Tapes chronicle shifting paradigms in the age of social distancing. Each day, Paul calls a guest for a brief discussion about how they are experiencing the global pandemic.
On Episode 108 of The Quarantine Tapes, Paul Holdengräber is joined by Sunita Puri, physician and author of That Good Night. Sunita tells Paul about her background and the influence her mother’s career as a doctor had on her decision to pursue medicine. They talk about her focus in palliative care, the value of reading for medical professionals, and the texts that Sunita has kept close to her recently. Sunita and Paul have a moving conversation on how Sunita approaches healing, suffering, and how to think about death in her life and in her work. Sunita talks frankly about the images that stick with her from the past months, and how grief has changed under the restriction and isolation of the pandemic.
From the episode:
Sunita Puri: Change is a constant that we can’t escape, and part of this change is the changing of our bodies and our lives. When we sit in contemplation of that, I really think, in my experience with my patients, it gives you a new inspiration and outlook on the moments you do have, whether you’re sick or not.
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