Dying Well

Dying Well

by Ira Byock


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ISBN-13: 9781573226578
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/1998
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 247,116
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Ira Byock, M.D., is director of Palliative Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and a professor at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He is also the author of The Best Care Possible. He lives in Enfield, New Hampshire.

Table of Contents

Dying WellIntroduction

One: Teaching About Living, Teaching About Dying
Seymour Byock

Two: Questioning Assumptions and Dawning Awareness
My Journey

Three: Learning to Die Well
Anne-Marie Wilson

Four: Suffering and Beyond
Douglas Kearney

Five: Finding Dignity amid Disease and Disintegration
Wallace Burke, Julia Rosauer, Hap Visscher

Six: The Hardest Decisions and The Greatest Opportunities
Janelle Haldeman

Seven: Writing a Personal Script for Dying
Steve Morris

Eight: Accepting the Gift of Dependence and the Burden of Care
Jake Edwards

Nine: Growing Within Tragedy
Michael Merseal

Ten: Facing Unbearable Pain, Unspeakable Losses
Terry Matthews

Eleven: Letting Go, Growing On
Maureen Riley

Twelve: Getting There from Here
Social and Cultural Dimensions

Appendix: Writing Your Family's Story
Questions and Answers

Further Reading

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"[Byock's] book succeeds brilliantly in its intention, which is to advise and comfort the dying and those close to them." — Washington Post

"[An] immensely moving yet practical guide." — San Francisco Chronicle

"Life on the edge of the great crossing is explored in all its sadness and pathos, but Byock also makes room for wisdom, hope and even the joy of final understanding." — Publishers Weekly

"If you love anyone on the planet — and if a single other person loves you — Dying Well is a book to read, think about, and discuss with those you love." — BookPage

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Dying Well 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The words to descript this book is not easy to express. The contents was over-whelming and informative. As a rural physician in Montana, I have used the principles of hospice in my practice with enriching results. This book only makes me want to be a better physician and person.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ira Byock, MD has written a book that the general public can understand. He shares with us the various ways we die - good and bad. He shares a vision of how dying can be done well utilizing the various components of care available to us in the medical profession. Thanks.
Noticer More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately a lot of doctors do not pass the test of the one who wrote this book as most don't ever show any humanity. Have read most books on death and dying including Kubler-Ross and find this one to be excellent but also know the reality of life and have seen family members pass away without much caring by doctors and in some cases nurses. This is more distressing when the individual dying goes into a hospital for a minor item and is given a heart attack, pneumonia and an infection in two days through lack of procedure by the hospital, doctors, ie. take a person down for surgery and cause the heart attack and then do a CAT scan when they should have done same "before" the surgery. Only hope some doctors and nurses read this book so they can see the proper way to handle those who are dying.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book because I was writing a paper about dying. I kept reading the book because it was informative, terrifying, and beautiful. The book was truly invaluable when my grandfather was dying, I sent a copy to each family member and everyone got something out of it. I couldn't recommend it more highly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a fourth year medical student with an interest in oncology and palliative psychology I read this text to better understand the existential conflict of dying slowly. The clinical vignettes of his patients; which spanned the spectrum of how well people approach death are consistent with my own experiences with terminal patients. While I enjoyed his illustrations, I learned little from his stories. I suspect however, that patients facing their own mortality, or their family members, could gain invaluable insight by reading the book.