Alua Arthur is the founder of Going with Grace, an organization focused on redefining what it means to die gracefully.

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Alua Arthur is a leader in the field of "death work," essentially helping individuals and families to navigate the emotional, legal and spiritual issues that arise around death. This involves decisions about care, funeral planning and a surprising amount of paperwork — something she, a recovering attorney, feels more than qualified to help with. Her organization, Going with Grace, helps educate fellow death doulas around the world in nonmedical end-of-life care and, well, in assisting people to "go" with grace. Her forthcoming book, Briefly Perfectly Human, reframes how we think about death.

Arthur was recently featured in the National Geographic television series Limitless, in which she helped actor Chris Hemsworth map out his own future death. She speaks regularly on how to bring awareness to dying -- and, most importantly, how that process can inspire us to live with verve. She has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Vogue, InStyle and more. She is a former director of the National End-of-Life Doula Alliance.

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Preparing for the inevitable chaos ahead: Notes on Session 9 of TED2023

April 20, 2023

As we barrel into the future at breakneck speed, there can be a sense of perilous vertigo. How do we prepare for constant upheaval and change? The answer may lie in a combination of close listening, careful thought and inspiration from people committed to creating peace and progress. In Session 9 of TED2023, seven speakers […]

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