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Dying Well: Peace and Possibilities at the End of Lifeby Ira Byock
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From Ira Byock, prominent palliative care physician and expert in end of life decisions, a lesson in Dying Well.
Nobody should have to die in pain. Nobody should have to die alone.
This is Ira Byock's dream, and he is dedicating his life to making it come true. Dying Well brings us to the homes and bedsides of families with whom Dr. Byock has worked, telling stories of love and reconciliation in the face of tragedy, pain, medical drama, and conflict. Through the true stories of patients, he shows us that a lot of important emotional work can be accomplished in the final months, weeks, and even days of life. It is a companion for families, showing them how to deal with doctors, how to talk to loved ones—and how to make the end of life as meaningful and enriching as the beginning.
Ira Byock is also the author of The Best Care Possible: A Physician's Quest to Transform Care Through the End of Life.
Nobody should have to die in pain. Nobody should have to die alone. This is Ira Byock's dream, and he is dedicating his life to making it come true. Dying Well brings us to the homes and bedsides of families with whom Dr. Byock has worked, telling stories of love and reconciliation in the face of tragedy, pain, and conflict. It is a companion for families, showing them how to deal with doctors, talk to loved ones—and make the end of life as meaningful and enriching as the beginning.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 285) and index.
About the Author
Ira Byock, M.D., has specialized for the past 18 years in caring for the dying and is director of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation national program to improve end-of-life care. Dr. Byock also serves as president of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
Table of Contents
Dying Well Introduction
One: Teaching About Living, Teaching About Dying
Two: Questioning Assumptions and Dawning Awareness
Three: Learning to Die Well
Four: Suffering and Beyond
Five: Finding Dignity amid Disease and Disintegration
Wallace Burke, Julia Rosauer, Hap Visscher
Six: The Hardest Decisions and The Greatest Opportunities
Seven: Writing a Personal Script for Dying
Eight: Accepting the Gift of Dependence and the Burden of Care
Nine: Growing Within Tragedy
Ten: Facing Unbearable Pain, Unspeakable Losses
Eleven: Letting Go, Growing On
Twelve: Getting There from Here
Social and Cultural Dimensions
Appendix: Writing Your Family's Story
Questions and Answers
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