3/12/2010

Ira Byock, Dying Well: The Prospect for Growth at the End of Life

In our hearts, we all realize that we are not going to live forever. There are people we love whom we bury. We have a choice as to how to deal with this. We can pretend that it can never happen and hope to be hit by a bus, or we can follow Byock's lead and consider the end of life as potentially full of growth and enlightenment as any other time. After reading "Dying Well" you may not be so afraid.

"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. The longtime director of a hospice in his hometown, and a prominent spokesperson for the hospice movement, Dr. Byock believes that the possibility for us all to die well is just around the corner: the day is at hand when no pain among the dying will be considered unmanageable. He shows us that much important emotional work can be accomplished in the final months, weeks, and even days of life.

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 provides a blueprint for families, showing them how to deal with doctors, how to talk to friends and relatives, and how to make the end of life as meaningful and precious as the beginning. Here is a book like no other on the subject: hopeful, clearsighted, and life-changing.

Source: http://www.dyingwell.org/
To buy book: http://www.amazon.com/Dying-Well-Ira-Author-Byock/dp/1573226572/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_2

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