Nobody should have to die in pain. Nobody should have to die alone.
This is Ira Byock's dream, and he is dedicating his life to making it come true. Dying Well brings us to the homes and bedsides of families with whom Dr. Byock has worked, telling stories of love and reconciliation in the face of tragedy, pain, medical drama, and conflict. Through the true stories of patients, he shows us that a lot of important emotional work can be accomplished in the final months, weeks, and even days of life. It is a companion for families, showing them how to deal with doctors, how to talk to loved ones—and how to make the end of life as meaningful and enriching as the beginning.
Ira Byock is also the author of The Best Care Possible: A Physician's Quest to Transform Care Through the End of Life.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Table of ContentsDying WellIntroduction
One: Teaching About Living, Teaching About Dying
Two: Questioning Assumptions and Dawning Awareness
Three: Learning to Die Well
Four: Suffering and Beyond
Five: Finding Dignity amid Disease and Disintegration
Wallace Burke, Julia Rosauer, Hap Visscher
Six: The Hardest Decisions and The Greatest Opportunities
Seven: Writing a Personal Script for Dying
Eight: Accepting the Gift of Dependence and the Burden of Care
Nine: Growing Within Tragedy
Ten: Facing Unbearable Pain, Unspeakable Losses
Eleven: Letting Go, Growing On
Twelve: Getting There from Here
Social and Cultural Dimensions
Appendix: Writing Your Family's Story
Questions and Answers
What People are Saying About This
"[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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.