A Beginner's Guide to the End

A Beginner's Guide to the End

Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death

Book - 2019 | First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
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"The first ever practical, compassionate, and comprehensive guide to dying--and living fully until you do. "There is nothing wrong with you for dying," palliative care doctor BJ Miller and Shoshana Berger write in A Beginner's Guide to the End. "Our ultimate purpose here isn't so much to help you die as it is to free up as much life as possible until you do." Theirs is a clear-eyed and big-hearted action plan for approaching the end of life, written to help readers feel more in control of an experience that so often seems anything but. Their book offers everything from step-by-step instructions for how to do your paperwork and navigate the healthcare system to answers to questions you might be afraid to ask your doctor, like whether or not sex is still okay when you're sick. You'll be walked through how to break the news to your employer, whether to share old secrets with your family, how to face friends who might not be as empathetic as you'd hoped, and to how to talk to your children about your will. (Don't worry: if anyone gets snippy, it'll likely be their spouses, not them.) There are also lessons for survivors, like how shut down a loved one's social media accounts, clean out the house, and write a great eulogy. An honest, surprising, and detailed-oriented guide to the most universal of all experiences, A Beginner's Guide to the End is the one book that everyone needs"--
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2019
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501157165
Branch Call Number: ANF 306.9 MIL
Characteristics: xxi, 520 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm


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Nov 14, 2020

A book about death and dying that is not a murder story, a horror by Stephen King or a depressing tome. It is well written, informative and honest.
It should be required reading for everyone, and something I am getting for my bookshelf. I'll review it once a year to remind me how to live.

Feb 04, 2020

much better

Jul 17, 2019

Received my purchased copy yesterday, and am finding it very difficult to put down. It is everything, and more, that the publisher stated in the above preview! As an aged person, who is watching self and friends journey closer to the other world, I am finding it provides tools which often had not been considered before. Thanks to the authors, theit work is a true asset.

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