Dr. Paul Kalinithi died before finishing When Breath Becomes Air. The last paragraph of the book, which is about his life and journey with lung cancer, is this one, to his 8-month-old daughter:
“When you come to the many moments in life where you must give an account of yourself, provide a ledger of what you have been, and done, and meant to the world, do not, I pray, discount that you filled a dying man’s days with a sated joy, a joy unknown to me in all my prior years, a joy that does not hunger for more and more but rests, satisfied. In this time, right now, that is an enormous thing.”
Not sure there’s ever been a lovelier last paragraph.