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With the End in Mind: Dying, Death and Wisdom in an Age of Denial

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I've also seen a couple where I believe the people were in a nightmarish state even as they were in their final unconsciousness. Finally, Mannix uses the metaphor of 'natural birth' throughout the book to promote her vision of a 'natural death'. If you are wired so that you think there's grandeur, learning, redemption, or whatever other "quality" in suffering except pointless pain, you are going to stand your ground and use this book to reinforce your rationalizations about why the pain (physical suffering) is unavoidable, even necessary part of human experience. I think that the practical elements, particularly the reflection points, would make good conversation starters, even with yourself, if death looms large in your consciousness for any reason.

With a tsunami of death coming soon as the baby-boomers die, there really wont be enough staff trained in this particular way. It should be required reading for everyone who cares for those who are dying in whatever role they have. From the shrinking circle of his life, from his frail body drowning in itself, he reached outwards towards the friends he was leaving. The aim of our work is to provide the materials needed for people to grow in faith and share faith with others. Some of the hardest cases are those that have one close loved one who are not sure how they will cope alone.This was not because I wasn’t enjoying it, but because it was a two-week loan and I was conscious of needing to move on to other longlist books. This is a gentle book about dying, which is the nicest way to die probably, and I think that it’s a reassuring read if you’re considering the genre, considering doing work in the field, or considering your own mortality in soon days or in some future yet unknown. It may also be because I have read quite a number of books with similar themes and scope – including Caitlin Doughty’s two books on death, Caring for the Dying by Henry Fersko-Weiss, Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, and Waiting for the Last Bus by Richard Holloway.

I think this book is as much about how to interact with people who are facing death as it is about the different ways people face their own death. Si bien se aprende uno que otro concepto sobre cómo es el proceso de muerte en personas con cuidados paliativos, en los que se puede aplicar uno que otro consejo, parece más un libro de “mini cuentos”. No es más que una colección de historias diversas sobre un montón de gente que vivió sus últimos días. The primary thought on reading this book is that if you enjoyed Being Mortal by Atul Gawande then this very much feels like a companion read. It is written by Kathryn Mannix, a palliative care doctor, who shares a collection of stories about some of the patients she has cared for.Knowing what to expect, and knowing what our dear ones will see as we die, helps people to plan, to speak to each other openly and honestly, and to relax.

I found this book through a caring and compassionate recommendation at just the right time - and I pass it on in the same spirit.

The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. She talks to patients that have rooms full of their family, dealing with the anger and unfairness of it all, we learn about a young man who does not have long to live, but was still considering suicide as he is so despondent that he will never leave a legacy, but he is one of the first in the country to carry a plan detailing what should happen should he become ill. Mainly though, to feel at as much ease as is possible as she comes to the end and what that end will likely look like - which I can share with her too. That is what many of the conversations with patients are about and the result is usually a very pragmatic response from the patient and gentle but thoroughly honest comments from the doctors, nurses and therapists.

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