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

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Thorndike Press, Jan 1, 1997 - Social Science - 583 pages
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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.

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A researcher, hospice doctor for decades, and national leader in end-of-life care (past president of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and director of a national program to ... Read full review

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Ira Bycock. MD, is the author of Dying Well and The Four Things That Matter Most.

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