Dying Well: Our Journey of Love and Loss

Dying Well: Our Journey of Love and Loss

by Susan Ducharme Hoben

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Overview

If you found out today that you had run out of options to treat a terminal illness and that you would, in fact, have a very short time left in this life, how you would respond?

In Dying Well: Our Journey of Love and Loss we learn how Susan Ducharme Hoben and her husband, Bruce, confronted this exact situation by taking control and dictating the terms of how that process would unfold, choosing the path to a peaceful end of life.

Part love story, part "how to", part inspirational retelling of their nine-month journey, this award-winning book takes readers through celebrations, sadness and, ultimately, a peaceful death free of fear and regret.

Sharing practical and necessary end-of-life information in a non-threatening way, Hoben's story is happy and sad, reflective and emotional, and at the same time it is a useful primer for a different way to face death. This book is an excellent resource for families who are facing end-of-life decisions. It will leave you with a better understanding of end-of-life and provide thoughts on how you may want to navigate your own inevitable journey home.

Read Dying Well and pass it on to someone you love. Buy it for a friend or relative. Read it with your book club. Talk about what it means to die well and how best to achieve a peaceful end-of-life. You will find a sense of peace and connection and discover a path to navigating the most difficult moments of terminal illness.

2018 INDIES Book of the Year Award Winner
2018 National Indie Excellence Awards Winner
2018 American Book Fest Best Book Awards Finalist

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780999749807
Publisher: Susan Hoben
Publication date: 03/19/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 813,889
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Susan Ducharme Hoben is an award-winning author of Dying Well: Our Journey of Love and Loss and renowned advocate for choosing the path of a peaceful end-of-life. Her insights challenge and inspire us to fundamentally shift our perspective on death. She is a sought-after media expert and has appeared on national media outlets, including NBC and ABC, and Sirius XM/Doctor Radio.

She knew she had a story to share when, faced with her husband's terminal illness and subsequent death, she learned their experience was far from typical.

As someone who has lived the end-of-life experience she is advocating, she brings an important and missing perspective to the growing national dialog about dying. When her husband Bruce decided to stop treatment for his terminal illness, he and his family embraced his end-of-life and assumed responsibility for achieving a celebratory, peaceful, and intimate conclusion. She shows us what is possible and demonstrates the value not just to the person who is dying but to those left behind. She hopes that her experience with an uplifting end-of-life journey can contribute a valuable perspective to the growing interest in exploring how we die.

Susan is a former executive consultant with IBM's Strategy and Change Consulting practice. She put her mathematics degree from Cornell University and graduate studies in Computer and Information Sciences at Georgia Institute of Technology to good use in a thirty-five-year career in information technology that began with systems engineering with IBM and ended with consulting.

Upon retirement Susan volunteered her consulting services to the State of Connecticut Office of Health Reform and Innovation, managing a project that was part of the ACA national effort to fundamentally redefine how healthcare is delivered.

Susan lives in Connecticut on ancestral land, and frequently visits her six granddaughters (and their parents) in Silver Spring, Maryland, and Nashville, Tennessee. She celebrates life every day, never turning down an invitation, especially if it involves travel or dancing. In addition to regular sailing trips in the British Virgin Islands and barging trips in France, she seeks to expand her horizons by exploring a new destination each year, whether on safari in Africa, trekking the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco, sailing the Gulf of Thailand, or striking a yoga pose on the mountain peak that rises 850 feet above Machu Picchu.

For more information visit https://susanducharmehoben.com/

Table of Contents

PREFACE…………………………………………………………….1

1. A BROKEN HEART ...................................................................... 3

2. THERE IS A TUMOR .................................................................. 17

3. RESUME USUAL ACTIVITIES ................................................. 23

4. WE HAVE SOME BAD NEWS .................................................. 29

5. WE WERE NEVER CLOSE ANYWAY ..................................... 37

6. EARLY RETIREMENT ............................................................... 43

7. NO MORE TEARS ....................................................................... 47

8. TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN ................................................ 51

9. THE PROGNOSIS IS NOT GOOD ............................................. 59

10. THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM.......................................... 67

11. DECISIONS, DECISIONS .......................................................... 71

12. LET THE POISON BEGIN ......................................................... 77

13. WE ARE FAMILY ...................................................................... 87

14. LET US GIVE THANKS ............................................................ 97

15. A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE ...................................................... 107

16. THE AUDACITY OF HOPE..................................................... 117

17. ARE WE THERE YET? ............................................................ 123

18. AS ONE DOOR OPENS . . . ..................................................... 131

19. ANOTHER DOOR CLOSES .................................................... 135

20. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH ............................................................ 143

21. LIFE IS SHORT......................................................................... 145

22. A BITE OF THE BIG APPLE ................................................... 149

23. A WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE ........................................ 159

24. AN IRISH WAKE ..................................................................... 165

25. LIFE’S A BEACH ..................................................................... 171

26. ON THE ROAD AGAIN ........................................................... 187

27. SELLING THE CAR ................................................................. 197

28. YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND ........................................................ 201

29. THE BOY SCOUT MOTTO ...................................................... 209

30. TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE ..................................................... 213

31. THE ROAST .............................................................................. 221

32. HOSPICE ................................................................................... 227

33. THE FINAL DAYS .................................................................... 235

34. THE FINAL HOURS ................................................................. 247

35. SAYING GOODBYE ................................................................ 255

36. PREPARING A LIFE’S STORY ............................................... 261

37. CELEBRATING A LIFE WELL LIVED .................................. 269

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS………………………………………….277

ABOUT THE AUTHOR…………………………………………...279

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