A Better Way of Dying: How to Make the Best Choices at the End of Life

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Penguin, Jan 26, 2010 - Reference - 240 pages
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The fail-safe plan for ensuring one's final wishes are respected

Advanced directives and living wills have improved our ability to dictate end-of-life care, but even these cannot guaran­tee that we will be allowed the dignity of a natural death. Designed by two sisters-one a doctor, one a lawyer-and drawing on their decades of experience, the five-step Compassion Protocol outlined in A Better Way of Dying offers a simple and effective framework for leaving caretakers concrete, unambiguous, and legally binding instructions about your wishes for your last days. Meant for people in every walk of life-from the elderly, to those in the early stages of mentally degenerative diseases like Alzheimer's, to healthy young people planning for an unpredictable future-this book creates space for a discussion we all must have if we wish to ensure comfort and control at the end of our lives..
 

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Contents

DR JEANNE FITZPATRICK
DR FITZPATRICK TELLS PHYLLIS SHATTUCKS STORY
REFLECTIONS
LESSONS TO LEARN
NEW NAME OLD CONCEPT
THE CASE OF KAREN ANN QUINLAN
THE CASE OF NANCY CRUZAN
AN IMPERFECT SOLUTION
CHOOSING WHEN YOUR OPTIONS TAKE EFFECT
STEP ONE SUMMARY
INTRODUCTION TO STEP TWO
SELECTING A HEALTH CARE DECISION MAKER
REVIEW
THE STORY OF RAY SULLIVAN
WHAT CONSTITUTES EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION?
DR FITZPATRICK TALKS ABOUT HER ENDOFLIFE CHOICES

THE ALLIMPORTANT TERMINAL ILLNESS DIAGNOSIS
THE CASE OF TERRI SCHIAVO
COMFORT CARE ONLY AND THE COMPASSION PROTOCOL
A PERSONAL CHOICE
DR FITZPATRICK TELLS WILLA SIMPSONS STORY
THE COMPASSION PROTOCOL INCREASES CHOICE AND CONTROL AT THE END OF LIFE
DR FITZPATRICK TELLS MELISSA BLACKBURNS STORY
TERMINAL ILLNESS AND THE COMPASSION PROTOCOL
CURRENT PRACTICES
COMPASSION PROTOCOL PRACTICES
DR FITZPATRICK TELLS CARL NOVACKS STORY
ALZHEIMERS DEMENTIA AND THE COMPASSION PROTOCOL
DONT GO TO THE HOSPITAL AGAIN
DISCONTINUE YOUR USUAL MEDICATIONS
REFUSE HYDRATION AND NUTRITION
HEALTH CARE OPTIONS SUMMARY
INTRODUCTION TO THE CONTRACT FOR COMPASSIONATE CARE
THE LONG AND SHORT OF LEGAL FORMS
AND NEVER FORGET THE PEOPLE PART
CHANGING SOCIETY ONE DEATH AT A TIME
DR FITZPATRICK TELLS THE STORY OF ONE PATIENTS EXPERIENCE WITH HOSPICE
THE TEAM APPROACH
HOSPICE AND THE COMPASSION PROTOCOL
A REGRETTABLY COMMON NURSING HOME EXPERIENCE
UNDERSTANDING YOUR NURSING HOME OPTION
A GROWTH BUSINESS
DR FITZPATRICK TELLS THE STORY OF SALLY FOREST
REFLECTIONS
I THE COMPASSION PROTOCOL WORKSHEET
II MY PROS AND CONS LIST
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