The public is invited to an end-of-life conference next month  featuring bestselling author Dr. Ira Byock.

The 12th annual Casa de la Luz Foundation End of Life Conference is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church, 4440 N. Campbell Ave.

To register, go to or call 544-9890. Registration is $65 per person and includes breakfast, lunch, continuing-education units and one copy of Byock’s book “The Best Care Possible.”

Byock, a palliative-care physician, will be the keynote speaker. He is expected to talk about how the health-care community needs to respond in newer and more innovative ways to change how we treat serious and chronic illness.

The theme of the conference is “Dying in America: Ensuring the Best Care Possible.” Each year, the conference seeks to address the state of death and dying in America.

Byock, a professor at Dartmouth Medical School, argues that how we die is among the biggest national crises facing us today. He is the author of the book “Dying Well,” which won a Peabody award for journalism.