Synopses & Reviews
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 onesand 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.
"[Byock's] book succeeds brilliantly in its intention, which is to advise and comfort the dying and those close to them." -- Washington Post
"[An] immensely moving yet practical guide." -- San Francisco Chronicle
"Life on the edge of the great crossing is explored in all its sadness and pathos, but Byock also makes room for wisdom, hope and even the joy of final understanding." -- Publishers Weekly
"If you love anyone on the planet -- and if a single other person loves you -- Dying Well is a book to read, think about, and discuss with those you love." -- BookPage
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.
- Exceptional praise from M. Scott Peck, The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and many others
- Dr. Byock is a nationally recognized leader in hospice care
- The hospice community is comprised of over 5,000,000 professionals and volunteers
- The tremendous success of How We Die (215,000 hc) and Final Gifts (150,000 pb) proves the market's viability
A Final Gifts
for those who seek grace and wholeness as death approaches
Many books about death and dying relay illustrative stories of other peoples experiences. But Through the Dark Forest is the first to offer readers tools and exercises to help them begin the soul work that is preparing for death. Drawing on her thirty years of experience working with people who are imminently facing death, Carolyn Conger shows how active imagination, self-hypnosis, energy medicine, and dreamwork can enhance our final days. Older readers, the terminally ill, psychotherapists, clergy, and hospice and health care workers will welcome this profound and paradigm-shifting guide to the most difficult time of life.
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