The Needs of the Dying: A Guide for Bringing Hope, Comfort, and Love to Life's Final Chapter

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Harper Collins, Jan 9, 2007 - Self-Help - 256 pages
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In gentle, compassionate language, The Needs of the Dying helps us through the last chapter of our lives. Author David Kessler has identified key areas of concern: the need to be treated as a living human being, the need for hope, the need to express emotions, the need to participate in care, the need for honesty, the need for spirituality, and the need to be free of physical pain. Examining the physical and emotional experiences of life-challenging illnesses, Kessler provides a vocabulary for family members and for the dying that allows them to communicate with doctors, with hospital staff, and with one another, and—at a time when the right words are exceedingly difficult to find—he helps readers find a way to say good-bye. Using comforting and touching stories, he provides information to help us meet the needs of a loved one at this important time in our lives.

 

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The Needs of the Dying: A Guide for Bringing Hope, Comfort, and Love to Life's Final Chapter

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Kessler, an expert in hospice and palliative care, provides a primer for those suffering from chronic illness and their families on essentially how to die peacefully and with dignity. When faced with ... Read full review

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It is one of the most important books I have ever read ( and I've read many!).
It helped my family stay present and be supportive to my dad as his body prepared to die and also allowed us to
experience the death of a loved one in a beautiful and joyous way.
Thank you David Kessler for the important and magnificent work you continue to contribute to us all.
 

Contents

A Living Human Being
1
Expressing Emotions
18
Participating in Decisions
38
The Physiology of Pain
57
The Emotions of Pain
81
Spirituality
95
Children
115
What Death Looks Like
132
Dying in the Eye of the Storm
151
The Body
176
Further Thoughts on The Needs of the Dying
201
Acknowledgments
223
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David Kessler, coauthor, with Elisabeth KÜbler-Ross, of Life Lessons and On Grief and Grieving, has helped thousands face death with peace, dignity, and courage, including the late Anthony Perkins and Michael Landon. His services have been used by Elizabeth Taylor, Carrie Fisher, and Marianne Williamson when their loved ones faced death. He lives in Los Angeles.

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