With the End in Mind: Dying, Death and Wisdom in an Age of Denial

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With the End in Mind: Dying, Death and Wisdom in an Age of Denial

With the End in Mind: Dying, Death and Wisdom in an Age of Denial

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I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone, regardless of age, as an educational, moral, and preparatory text that will allow the reader to deal with their own death and those of loved ones more meaningfully and considerately. This is easy to read, hugely interesting, and very engaging - full of feeling, knowledge and experience. It is written by Kathryn Mannix, a palliative care doctor, who shares a collection of stories about some of the patients she has cared for. Mainly though, to feel at as much ease as is possible as she comes to the end and what that end will likely look like - which I can share with her too.

Most outrageous was the agitated woman given medication to counteract the agitation some other medication had caused. Dying is made special in this book because it is given back its precious highly emotionally charged as well as matter of fact place in life. The book is structured around a series of fictionalised case studies drawn from Mannix's own experiences, many of which are deeply affecting. It's rare I can say this, but this book has changed my life by making me less afraid of my own death. I thought as well as using CBT at times, that she was also using a solution focused therapeutic approach most of the time.My rekindled interest at the end of last year in death and subjects surrounding it continues with this fascinating book, which I received as a free proof in exchange for an honest review. Her purpose is to describe many forms of death – the young man with testicular cancer treated in the room dubbed “the Lonely Ballroom”, the dying mother in the hospice who manages to walk her daughter up the aisle, the 22-year-old with cystic fibrosis, the teenager with leukaemia – and to show how in each case, while a death may be emotionally harrowing, it need not be intolerably painful; while it may be tragic, it need not be ghastly or full of the chaos that accompanies too many ends. To access your ebook(s) after purchasing, you can download the free Glose app or read instantly on your browser by logging into Glose. I really liked her narrative style, which was sufficiently descriptive but always compassionate and with a touch of humour.

But now we need something just as great and just a gamechanging - not just more of a 50 year old novelty. In his final letter, he wrote of living a “posthumous existence”; his last phrase becomes his eloquent, courteous and self-effacing goodbye before he exits the stage on which he has had such a small parcel of time: “I always made an awkward bow. It’s so hard to learn lessons from others, we often think we’re different though, it won’t happen to me - in this case that’s faulty thinking.Starting in cancer care and changing career to become a pioneer of the new discipline of palliative medicine, she has worked in teams in hospices, hospitals and in patients own homes to deliver palliative care, optimising quality of life even as death is approaching. Beautifully written, filled with compassion and understanding, along with a practical and kind approach to facing death. Her mission is to “reclaim public understanding of dying” and to bring individuality and joy back into our dealings with the dead – and so, in From Here to Eternity, she embarks on a journey of discovery: to the only open pyre in America; to a sky burial in Tibet, where the body breaker slices the corpse into parts, pounds the flesh with a mallet, mixes it with barley flour and yak butter or milk, and leaves it to the shrieking vultures to consume; to burial towers in India; to the people of Tana Toraja in Indonesia, where mummified bodies are cared for in their home (offered food, dressed, even given a bed with the living) over months or years until the family can sacrifice an animal and put the dead to their final rest; to Barcelona’s mass bone pits; Mexico’s Day of the Dead.



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