WITH THE END IN MIND

WITH THE END IN MIND

Dying, Death, and Wisdom in An Age of Denial

eBook - 2018
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Dr. Kathryn Mannix shares beautifully crafted stories from a lifetime of caring for the dying. Weaving her own experiences as a caregiver through stories of her patients, their families, and their distinctive lives, Dr. Mannix reacquaints us with the universal, but deeply personal, process of dying. With insightful meditations on life, death, and the space between them, this is a remarkably moving book that sheds a warm light on the beauty, dignity, and profound humanity of life coming to an end. Print run 50,000.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : LITTLE, BROWN, 2018
ISBN: 9780316510691 (electronic bk.)
0316510696 (electronic bk.)
9780316504539 (electronic bk.)
031650453X (electronic bk.)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK 155 MAN
Characteristics: 1 online resource (304 pages)
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bookybird
May 03, 2018

After reading a positive review of this book in The Australian newspaper, I checked it out, and I have to agree that it is very good. The author's experience as a palliative care consultant combined with being a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist is seen in her descriptions of the treatment and care of patients in the last stage of life who require attention to not only their physical and medical needs, but the psychological and spiritual as well. Each chapter is a type of lesson not only for the doctors, carers, and families to learn, but the patients too, indirectly. Each 'lesson' explores a different aspect of the process of dying with anecdotes about specific patients. The events are often heart-wrenching, but they are told in a heart-warming, even light-hearted way which is still clinically informative, yet ultimately uplifting. I would recommend this book strongly to anyone who is wanting to be enlightened about the needs of people they care for who are living the end of their lives, or for those who are looking for insight for themselves. Let's hope it is on the reading list in Aged Care courses.

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nedh39
Feb 28, 2018

Very helpful, and also difficult to read more than one or two of the stores at a time.

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