Estate attorney Whitman and oncologist Glisson trace the critical steps toward achieving peace of mind with end-of-life decisions.
Death and terminal illness, say the authors, are “too frightening, too depressing, to real to think about. We simply don’t want to go there.” But failure to share our wants, wishes and wills with our loved ones is an invitation to compound the tragedy of loss. This book succeeds in providing critical information for making intelligent choices and controlling your situation as death approaches. Separate chapters allow you to organize your personal health-care system, open the clearest lines of communication with your providers, learn the different point-of-death definitions to guide those charged with carrying out your intentions, understand the options regarding organ and tissue donation and gain a valuable overview of administering your estate. Appreciating that a legacy is more than legalisms and bureaucratic commands, Whitman and Glisson encourage readers to put down their thoughts, hopes and experiences, to leave a mark in the most personally meaningful way.
Ease-making, step-by-step planning and background information necessary to accomplish your earthly goals after death.
--Kirkus Business & Personal Finance Newsletter (May 2007)
Reviewed in 2007 Nov CHOICE.
Whether or not one acknowledges or plans for infirmity and mortality, nearly everyone will face illness and end-of-life decisions. Whitman, a practicing tax/trust/estates attorney, and Glisson (Univ. of Louisville), a medical oncologist/hematologist, deal with death and disease daily. This book allows them to share their collective experience and knowledge to guide individuals preparing to face the difficult end-of-life decisions that must be made. It provides readers with the critical information necessary for making intelligent choices and controlling their lives, health, and death. This well-written book is divided into six sections, each of which addresses a different subject, e.g., estates and finances, and the legacies one wishes to leave behind. Each section offers a chapter dedicated to the individual's wants (what one doesn't have), wishes (what one desires), and wills (one's choices). For those who wish to take control of complicated decisions related to health and medical situations, medical legal affairs, and legacy, this work is an excellent resource. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers and professionals/practitioners. -- L. N. Massengale, Johns Hopkins University