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With the End in Mind: Dying, Death and Wisdom in an Age of Denial

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She talks to patients that have rooms full of their family, dealing with the anger and unfairness of it all, we learn about a young man who does not have long to live, but was still considering suicide as he is so despondent that he will never leave a legacy, but he is one of the first in the country to carry a plan detailing what should happen should he become ill. She makes the case that we should be neither ashamed nor embarrassed to talk about dying and death but that bringing our fears into the open is a healing process in itself. At the end of each batch of stories there is a "pause for thought" section to allow people to consider their own positions. It may also be because I have read quite a number of books with similar themes and scope – including Caitlin Doughty’s two books on death, Caring for the Dying by Henry Fersko-Weiss, Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, and Waiting for the Last Bus by Richard Holloway. Having qualified as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist in 1993, she started the UK s (possibly the world s) first CBT clinic exclusively for palliative care patients, and devised CBT First Aid training to enable palliative care colleagues to add new skills to their repertoire for helping patients.

She doesn't fill up the book with pages of medical jargon, but instead talks about many of the patients that she has met during the years and how her job helps them to deal with end of life care.

Some of the hardest cases are those that have one close loved one who are not sure how they will cope alone. I agree with almost everything Mannix says; I would like her, or someone like her, to be my compassionate, wise doctor when I lie dying, easing me out when my time has come.

The final of these inevitable events will happen to every single person on this planet at some point in the future. Do we do things we can look back in satisfaction on, or things that we'll look back and regret when we're on our deathbed (other places to die are available). I bought this book out of a sense of duty because of my work with Pilgrims Hospices but now I have read it I want to share it with you. I have referred to that one a number of times when talking to people who were in fear of their death, and I can see how this one would be even more comforting. They have all been of interest and informed me to some degree whether they illustrate personal stories or look at the bigger picture.It is no surprise to me that this book is rated in the insane-high level of Goodreads - it’s a necessary, heartbreaking work of the gentlest of people, a woman who I want at my bedside when it’s my time. There were lots of peoples problems 'solved' here - rather than empowerment so that individuals and their families could be supported in choosing their own ways forward. I found it a great comfort and now feel better equipped to talk about death, and to consider what's important in my life.

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