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Dear Life: a doctor’s story of love, loss and consolation
The author's medical and palliative care training was put to the test when her father, a retired GP, was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Her work in a hospice helps her to see that there is a difference between people who know they are dying and the rest of us - the terminally ill know their time is running out, while the rest of us us live as though we have all the time in the world. For this reason hospices try to provide tenderness and compassion, taking time to listen and to make connections with the people in their care. Amazingly though, only a third of hospices receive support from the NHS while the rest rely on charitable donations. Broadcast on Radio 4 in 2020, this book will interest all those who are thinking about end of life matters.
The D word. Talking about dying. A guide for relatives, friends and carers
These days it seems that life-extending treatments have over-ridden care for the soul. Death is regarded as a medical failure, and usually hidden away in hospitals, hospices, nursing homes and mortuaries. We have lost the ability to talk openly about the end of life so we may not know how to talk to a relative or friend who is dying, or to someone who has been bereaved. Unless we confront this fear, important things can remain unsaid, which may turn into unresolved grief. In this book people from all walks of life describe how they have come to terms with the dying process or the death of a relative or friend, how they have confronted their fear of talking about it, and also found support.
A matter of life and death. 60 voices share their wisdom
Contributors from all walks of life write about carefully selected writings, images and artwork that most accurately express death to them. Some of these are: a father whose son died from wounds while serving as a soldier, hospital staff working in intensive care and midwifery, and funeral celebrants. All contributors reveal that death teaches us all invaluable lessons about how we live our lives despite the heartache and the mystery. Offering comfort, reassurance and varied insights into death, loss and its impact, this collection is for anyone who is coming to terms with thoughts and experiences of death and bereavement. Royalties to Ashgate Hospicecare, North Derbyshire.
With the end in mind. How to live and die well
This is a book for everyone: the grieving and bereaved, ill and healthy. It contains more than 30 stories about ordinary people - those the reader knows and loves. There is Holly, who danced her last day away; Eric, the retired head teacher with motor neurone disease who still managed to get things done; Nelly and Joe, both living a lonely lie to save their beloved from distress; and Sylvie, 19, dying of leukaemia, but sewing a cushion for her mum to hug after her death. This book considers the most intimate questions about the process of dying with honesty and humanity. The author's long experience of clinical practice helps her make a strong case for the therapeutic power of approaching death with openness and understanding.
How to approach death
We may witness violent killings on television but have become increasingly shy of communicating about death on a personal level. Off the screen few of us will have witnessed a death or seen a corpse. But because medical science is enabling us to live longer, we are being forced to pay more attention to the issue and our deaths are becoming more protracted. The number of people over 65 in the UK and US will increase by 1/3 in the next decade, so we need to inform and prepare ourselves better to take more control of probably the most challenging and demanding phase of our lives. This book will help your thinking about death by dealing with it in an open, honest and practical way.
Advice for the dying and those who love them. A practical perspective on death
This book is a compilation of honest and intimate anecdotes based on the deaths the author has witnessed in her work and life, as well as stories from cultures, traditions and literature around the world. It asks: What does it mean to die 'a good death'? Can there be more than one kind? What should be said and not said, and asked and not asked, of the dying person, loved ones, doctors and others. What can you expect during the last hours, days and weeks, both physically and emotionally? What happens to a body after death? How do I make sure my wishes are followed after I die? This book is for anyone because it talks about our own death as well as helping us think about how we can be with other people as they near their own.