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In Last Rights, award-winning journalist Stephen P. Kiernan shows how patients and families can regain control of the dying process, creating familial intimacy like never before. Bolstered by both scientific research and intimate portraits of people from all walks of life, Last Rights offers a hopeful, profound vision for patients, doctors, and families: a way to honor people during their greatest vulnerability, a chance for families to reconnect, an opportunity for the medical system to treat patients with ultimate respect, a time to give comfort and compassion to those we most love.
"With an uncommon mix of stories and scholarship, Stephen Kiernan has described the challenges that remain at life's end, despite efforts to reform care over the past few decades. With candor, clarity, and an advocate's sense of urgency, he seeks to understand why our acute-care system has been so resistant to change and how we can infuse greater humanity to life's final chapter."—-Joseph J. Fins, M.D., F.A.C.P., Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, and author of A Palliative Ethic of Care: Clinical Wisdom at Life's End
"Last Rites paints a frightening picture of the disorganized, deficient, and disastrous ways many people are cared for and die. Thankfully, Kiernan goes beyond exposé to uncover hopeful progress and practical ways to protect and nurture the people we love. Kiernan's Last Rites is to end-of-life care today what Nader's Unsafe at Any Speed was to car safety in the 1960s. This is one book that America must read!"—-Ira Byock, M.D., Professor of Palliative Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School, and author of Dying Well and The Four Things That Matter Most
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Posted August 15, 2014
This book is very enlightening, informative, and thorough!! It discusses end-of-life decisions that we will all face either for a parent, spouse/partner, and ourselves! It is an ABSOLUTE MUST-READ!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 8, 2007
This book says everything I have tried so diligently to explain to my adult children. This is a must read for any person contemplating how their own end of life or terminal illness is to be, how it is handled, and demand how it will be. It is about control, your control, over your end of life decisions. Stephen Kiernan has my utmost appreciation for his enormous labor intensive research and his desire to see this important information put in the limelight for more and more patients, physicians and the health care industry to begin to comprehend. He has written how the ending is now a new beginning.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 9, 2007
Read this book it's that simple. Why? Because with a mixture of thorough investigation and thoughtful story-telling, Kiernan makes his topic, how the modern day medical machine approaches the end of life, not only a compelling read, but a kind of hopeful prescription for both the medical community and individuals about how to make the end of life a positive journey instead of a medical nightmare.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 4, 2006
I just finished my copy of Last Rights by Stephen Kiernan and it's a must read! In this book Kiernan talks about the process of dying by highlighting stories of people's real life experiences and interspersing those with today's medical data. He is a great storyteller and I found the book uplifting, motivating and interesting. I highly recommend this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 25, 2010
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