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Based on the wisdom of many experts and caregivers in the field, Staying in Charge offers everything you need to know to make the last years of life more fruitful, less isolating, and more comfortable and peaceful-whenever and wherever the journey occurs.
"Few of us think of our own death with an open heart or a clear mind. Kaplan and Lukas courageously and compassionately demystify this unknown part of life with practical and spiritual guidance. With Staying in Charge, the secret is out: You can plan for death and, in so doing, learn how to live more fully."
-Beth Witrogen McLeod, author of Caregiving: The Spiritual Journey of Love, Loss, and Renewal
"Staying in Charge: Practical Plans for the End of Your Life means what it says. When it comes time to manage a serious illness, we all want to be in control. There isn't a person alive who shouldn't read and absorb the counsel of this valorous-and unexpectedly cheering-work."
-Stefan Kanfer, former editor, Time magazine author of Ball of Fire and A Summer World
1. Why We Wrote This Book.
2. Obstacles to Good Care.
3. Thinking and Talking about Mortality.
4. Palliative Care.
5. The Facts about Hospice.
6. The ABCs of Advance Directives.
7. Choosing an Agent.
8. Being an Agent.
9. Matters of Mind and Spirit.
11. Children and Serious Illness.
12. Nursing Homes.
13. When Crises Come.
14. DNRs and Assisted Dying.
16. Give Grief a Chance.
17. Living with Dying.