Dying Well: Our Journey of Love and Loss

Dying Well: Our Journey of Love and Loss

by Susan Ducharme Hoben

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ISBN-13: 9780999749821
Publisher: Susan Hoben
Publication date: 03/19/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 290
Sales rank: 1,175,494
File size: 621 KB

About the Author

Susan Ducharme Hoben is a former executive consultant with IBM's Strategy and Change Consulting practice. She put her mathematics degree from Cornell University and graduate studies 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, Sue founded a travel journal about luxury barging in Europe. After a lifetime of watching people die, and just as importantly, watching people live, Sue feels passionately that we Americans do not die well, taking a terrible toll on us, emotionally and financially. 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.

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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