The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life

Scribner #ad - Based on butler’s experience caring for aging parents, geriatrics, and hundreds of interviews with people who have successfully navigated our fragmented health system and helped their loved ones have good deaths, oncology, palliative care, The Art of Dying Well also draws on the expertise of national leaders in family medicine, and hospice.

This “empowering guide clearly outlines the steps necessary to prepare for a beautiful death without fear” Shelf Awareness. This “comforting…thoughtful” the washington post guide to maintaining a high quality of life—from resilient old age to the first inklings of a serious illness to the final breath—by the New York Times bestselling author of Knocking on Heaven’s Door is a “roadmap to the end that combines medical, practical, and spiritual guidance” The Boston Globe.

A common sense path to define what a ‘good’ death looks like” USA TODAY, The Art of Dying Well is about living as well as possible for as long as possible and adapting successfully to change. This handbook of preparations—practical, physical, communal, and spiritual—will help you make the most of your remaining time, years, be it decades, or months.

The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life #ad - . Butler explains how to successfully age in place, when not to call 911, why to pick a younger doctor and how to have an honest conversation with them, and how to make your death a sacred rite of passage rather than a medical event. Packed with extraordinarily helpful insights and inspiring true stories, award-winning journalist Katy Butler shows how to thrive in later life even when coping with a chronic medical condition, how to get the best from our health system, and how to make your own “good death” more likely.


Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death

Scribner #ad - It will inspire the difficult conversations we need to have with loved ones as it illuminates the path to a better way of death. Knocking on heaven’s Door is a map through the labyrinth of a broken medical system. Tragedy at first drew the family closer: her mother devoted herself to caregiving, and Butler joined the twenty-four million Americans helping shepherd parents through their final declines.

Her quest had barely begun when her mother took another path. When he told his exhausted wife, “I’m living too long, ” mother and daughter were forced to confront a series of wrenching moral questions. Then doctors outfitted her father with a pacemaker, near-blindness, keeping his heart going but doing nothing to prevent his six-year slide into dementia, and misery.

Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death #ad - Her provocative thesis is that modern medicine, in its pursuit of maximum longevity, often creates more suffering than it prevents. With a reporter’s skill and a daughter’s love, Butler explores what happens when our terror of death collides with the technological imperatives of medicine. This revolutionary blend of memoir and investigative reporting lays bare the tangled web of technology, medicine, and commerce that dying has become.

When does death stop being a curse and become a blessing? where is the line between saving a life and prolonging a dying? When do you say to a doctor, condemning her father to a prolonged and agonizing death, “Let my loved one go?” When doctors refused to disable the pacemaker, Butler set out to understand why.

In this visionary memoir, based on a groundbreaking new York Times Magazine story, award-winning journalist Katy Butler ponders her parents’ desires for “Good Deaths” and the forces within medicine that stood in the way. Katy butler was living thousands of miles from her vigorous and self-reliant parents when the call came: a crippling stroke had left her proud seventy-nine-year-old father unable to fasten a belt or complete a sentence.


A Beginner's Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death

Simon & Schuster #ad - Don’t worry: if anyone gets snippy, it’ll likely be their spouses, not them. There are also lessons for survivors, like how to shut down a loved one’s social media accounts, clean out the house, and write a great eulogy. A gentle, knowledgeable guide to a fate we all share” The Washington Post: the first and only all-encompassing action plan for the end of life.

Get advice for how to break the news to your employer, how to face friends who might not be as empathetic as you’d hoped, whether to share old secrets with your family, and how to talk to your children about your will. Our ultimate purpose here isn’t so much to help you die as it is to free up as much life as possible until you do.

Theirs is a clear-eyed and big-hearted action plan for approaching the end of life, written to help readers feel more in control of an experience that so often seems anything but controllable. There is nothing wrong with you for dying, ” hospice physician B. J. Miller and journalist and caregiver Shoshana Berger write in A Beginner’s Guide to the End.

A Beginner's Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death #ad - Spock but for this other phase of life” New York Times bestselling author Dr. An honest, and detail-oriented guide to the most universal of all experiences, A Beginner’s Guide to the End is “a book that every family should have, surprising, the equivalent of Dr. Their book offers everything from step-by-step instructions for how to do your paperwork and navigate the healthcare system to answers to questions you might be afraid to ask your doctor, like whether or not sex is still okay when you’re sick.


Finish Strong: Putting YOUR Priorities First at Life's End

Compassion & Choices #ad - Having meaningful conversations with doctors and family about expectations and wishes. Navigating home hospice, the ultimate healing experience. But even though the topic has been taboo, life's end is an eventual reality. Written with candor and clarity by a nurse, physician assistant and attorney who became a leading advocate for end-of-life options, this book can help you FINISH STRONG.

Chapters:an invitationtalking about death won't kill you but it could improve your lifeovertreatment and diminishing ReturnsLet Me Die Like a DoctorHope & HeroismHospice: The Healing OptionThe Secret of Slow MedicineEscaping DementiaInside a Growing AdvocacyPeople Taking ControlSpace for the SacredIt's Harder Than You Think But You Can Do ItAppendix: Tools to Take Charge.

Identifying what matters most as vigor wanes and stating your priorities. From the president of compassion & Choices, the guide to achieving the positive end-of-life experience you want and deserve. It's hard to talk about death in America. So why not shape it to our values? finish STRONG is for those of us who want an end-of-life experience to match the life we've enjoyed.

Finish Strong: Putting YOUR Priorities First at Life's End #ad - Staying off the "overtreatment conveyor belt. Knowing when "slow medicine" is the best option to maintain quality of life. We know we should prepare, but are unsure how to think and talk about it, how to live true to our values and priorities, and how to make our wishes stick. The usual advice about advance directives and conversations is important but woefully inadequate.


Farewell: Vital End-of-Life Questions with Candid Answers from a Leading Palliative and Hospice Physician

Write On Ink Publishing #ad - Held the hands of family members. This book is about navigating those last days, and saying farewell with hope, at the bedside, love, and compassion. Dr. Listened. This book addressesmaking end-of-life decisions when Mom or Dad or a loved one can't or won't. Ways to give hope where none seemed possible. Death from a medical perspective, and much more.

Dr. How long am i going to live? who will be with me when I die? Will my family forgive me? Will I have pain?—are among the 31 vital end-of-life questions patients and their families ask. Prayed with them. He is professor emeritus of medical oncology at the mayo clinic medical School where he held the endowed chair as the John and Roma Rouse Professor of Humanism in Medicine, and he is now Emeritus Professor of Humanism in Medicine and an Emeritus Consultant in Palliative Medicine.

Farewell: Vital End-of-Life Questions with Candid Answers from a Leading Palliative and Hospice Physician #ad - Ed is the first Mayo Clinic doctor board certified in hospice and palliative medicine. Edward creagan provides the reassuring answers patients and families deserve. He is also board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology cancer. For over forty winters at the mayo clinic he has been at the bedside with more than 40, 000 patient encounters in the last stages of their lives on this earth.

He has dedicated his life to death.


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

Little, Brown Spark #ad - Mannix reacquaints us with the universal, but deeply personal, process of dying. With insightful meditations on life, and the space between them, dignity, With the End in Mind describes the possibility of meeting death gently, and shows the unexpected beauty, with forethought and preparation, death, and profound humanity of life coming to an end.

. Kathryn mannix has studied and practiced palliative care for thirty years. But with changes in the way we understand medicine come changes in the way we understand death. Dr. Once a familiar, death has come to be something from which we shield our eyes, and gentle -- if sorrowful -- transition, peaceful, as we prefer to fight desperately against it rather than accept its inevitability.

With the End in Mind: Dying, Death, and Wisdom in an Age of Denial #ad - Modern medical technology is allowing us to live longer and fuller lives than ever before. And for the most part, that is good news. For readers of atul gawande and Paul Kalanithi, a palliative care doctor's breathtaking stories from 30 years spent caring for the dying. In with the end in mind, and makes a compelling case for the therapeutic power of approaching death not with trepidation, she shares beautifully crafted stories from a lifetime of caring for the dying, clarity, but with openness, and understanding.

Weaving the details of her own experiences as a caregiver through stories of her patients, their families, and their distinctive lives, Dr.


Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life

Bloomsbury Publishing #ad - For more than 5, 000 years, "old" has been defined as beginning between the ages of 60 and 70 A new york times bestseller longlisted for the carnegieAs revelatory as Atul Gawande's Being Mortal, physician and award-winning author Louise Aronson's Elderhood is an essential, empathetic look at a vital but often disparaged stage of life.

Elderhood is for anyone who is, "an aging, in the author's own words, i. E. Still-breathing human being. ". Reminiscent of oliver sacks, and draws from history, and hope about aging, popular culture, and her own life to weave a vision of old age that's neither nightmare nor utopian fantasy--a vision full of joy, frustration, noted Harvard-trained geriatrician Louise Aronson uses stories from her quarter century of caring for patients, literature, outrage, wonder, medicine, science, and humanity itself.

Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life #ad - Yet at the very moment that humans are living longer than ever before, denigrated, neglected, a condition to be dreaded, we've made old age into a disease, and denied. That means most people alive today will spend more years in elderhood than in childhood, and many will be elders for 40 years or more.


Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life

Avery #ad - Jessica zitter became a doctor because she wanted to be a hero. They are intubated, and even shelved away in care facilities to suffer their final days alone, confused, catheterized, and often in pain. She began to question her choice. In her work zitter has learned what patients fear more than death itself: the prospect of dying badly.

For readers of being mortal and modern death, an icu and palliative Care specialist offers a framework for a better way to exit life that will change our medical culture at the deepest level In medical school, no one teaches you how to let a patient die. But then during her first code she found herself cracking the ribs of a patient so old and frail it was unimaginable he would ever come back to life.

Extreme measures charts zitter’s journey from wanting to be one kind of hero to becoming another—a doctor who prioritizes the patient’s values and preferences in an environment where the default choice is the extreme use of technology. In our current medical culture, the old and the ill are put on what she terms the End-of-Life  Conveyor belt.

Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life #ad - Filled with rich patient stories that make a compelling medical narrative,  Extreme Measures enlarges the national conversation as it thoughtfully and compassionately examines an experience that defines being human. She elected to specialize in critical care—to become an ICU physician—and imagined herself swooping in to rescue patients from the brink of death.

She builds bridges between patients and caregivers, and enlists the support of loved ones so that life can end well, formulates plans to allay patients’ pain and anxiety, even beautifully.


Hard Choices for Loving People: CPR, Feeding Tubes, Palliative Care, Comfort Measures, and the Patient with a Serious Illness, 6th Ed.

Quality of Life Publishing Co. #ad - It is clear and concise, yet sensitive to the emotional turmoil of the people who hold it in their hands. Since the book was first published in 1990, more than 3. 5 million copies have been sold. What is the appropriate medical goal for this patient at this phase of life? Is it to 1 cure, 2 stabilize functioning or to 3 prepare for a comfortable and dignified death? The first chapter deals with CPR, resuscitation attempts.

Chaplain dunn also reviews the evidence supporting the fact that dying without artificial hydration is the compassionate, natural, and peaceful way to leave this world. In the very first pages, the reader is encouraged to first consider the goals of medical care. The book is also based on research, offering reliable, relevant medical advice from top medical journals and experts.

Hard Choices for Loving People: CPR, Feeding Tubes, Palliative Care, Comfort Measures, and the Patient with a Serious Illness, 6th Ed. #ad - Chaplain dunn feels the journey at the final stages of life is a journey to letting go and letting be. The second chapter addresses the issues surrounding artificial feeding tubes. In several places throughout the book, special attention is given to making these decisions for people with dementia. But for many people, the treatment offers little if any benefit.

Millions of families have been helped and comforted by the common sense and practical advice found in these pages. Hank dunn draws on his extensive experience as a chaplain in a nursing home, hospice program, and hospital.


The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care

Bloomsbury USA #ad - He argues for a radical re-envisioning of the patient-doctor relationship and offers ways for patients and their families to talk about this difficult issue to ensure that patients will be at the center and in charge of their medical care. Angelo E. Volandes offers a solution to traumatic end-of-life care: talking, medicine's oldest tool.

There is an unspoken dark side of American medicine--keeping patients alive at any price. Through the stories of seven patients and seven very different end-of-life experiences, he demonstrates that what people with a serious illness, who are approaching the end of their lives, need most is not new technologies but one simple thing: The Conversation.

The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care #ad - It might be the most important conversation you ever have. Volandes believes that a life well lived deserves a good ending. Two thirds of americans die in healthcare institutions, even though research shows that most prefer to die at home in comfort, tethered to machines and tubes at bankrupting costs, surrounded by loved ones.

Dr. In this "enlightening" jane brody, New York Times book, Harvard Medical School physician Angelo E.