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Facing death results in more fear and anxiety than any other human experience. Though much has been done to address the physical pain suffered by those with a terminal illness, Western medicine has been slow to understand and alleviate the psychological and spiritual distress that comes with the knowledge of death. In What Dying People Want, Dr. David Kuhl begins to bridgeFacing death results in more fear and anxiety than any other human experience. Though much has been done to address the physical pain suffered by those with a terminal illness, Western medicine has been slow to understand and alleviate the psychological and spiritual distress that comes with the knowledge of death. In What Dying People Want, Dr. David Kuhl begins to bridge that gap by addressing end-of-life realities--practical and emotional--through his own experiences as a doctor and through the words and experiences of people who knew that they were dying. Dr. Kuhl presents ways of finding new life in the process of dying, understanding the inner reality of living with a terminal illness, and addressing the fear of pain, as well as pain itself. He also offers concrete guidance on how to enhance doctor/patient relationships and hold family meetings, and provides an introduction to the process of life review. It is possible to find meaning and peace in the face of death. What Dying People Want "helps us learn to view the knowledge of death as a gift, not a curse." (New Times)...

Title : What Dying People Want: Practical Wisdom For The End Of Life
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ISBN : 9781586481971
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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What Dying People Want: Practical Wisdom For The End Of Life Reviews

  • Mike Blyth
    2018-11-29 22:44

    As pointed out in a previous review, this is not a book with the most up-to-date research and theory on grief, loss, and dying. But then, if it were, it would lose its primary audience, ordinary people. If you have done a lot of work in this area then you may not find much new, though I think the book is still a refreshing read. But it is a book I could recommend for many patients and family members, as well as some caregivers who may not have had much education and experience with grieving people. As a physician, I doubt that the book is too "basic" for most colleagues who are not in high-mortality specialties.

  • Kelly
    2018-11-23 18:47

    This book is a great starting place for people overwhelmed with the concept of death and mortality. It's not deeply philosophical, but it's what it claims to be: practical. I recommend this to pretty much anyone who hasn't given death and dying much thought and would like to begin decreasing their anxiety over this process. It also offers practical solutions and steps to take to wrap up your life in a way that makes dying seem less tragic and abrupt, and if that isn't worth a gander, I don't know what is.

  • Cathy
    2018-12-16 16:39

    I picked this book up after the death of a good friend as well as to see if there was any insight offered on end of life decisions or quality of life considerations. While it was a bit rambling and repetitive in sections that did not bother me. Rather much of what was shared was what I had suspected would be the thoughts of the dying people who shared their stories. Over and over-the desire to speak their truth, be heard and not pandered to, to connect on meaningful terms.

  • John Kaufmann
    2018-12-15 22:43

    Solid. This book provides a lot of practical advice and a lot of case studies from people who are dying. A little uneven - some chapters/subjects the author covered very well, some I thought rambled or were a little off-point. But overall, solid.

  • Jordan
    2018-11-23 20:42

    This book is what it claims, practical. It is accessible, topical, far-ranging. I believe it is probably best suited for patients, or friends/family of those who may be facing death in their near future, and perhaps for physicians who want a casual refresher on palliative care. It uses mostly case examples to illustrate it's point but there is research as well. I particularly enjoyed the use of myth and quotation to start off the chapters, and thought the author showed an impressive ability to weave together disparate elements to create coherent chapters with an almost arc-like narrative. For recently training physicians who are looking to advance their palliative care practice or for those looking for a more philosophically oriented text, you may be best off looking elsewhere.

  • Debbi
    2018-12-11 19:34

    A bit rambling and not exactly what I was looking for. Although older, "How People Die" was better.

  • James Hofheins
    2018-11-21 18:26

    Have you ever wondered what people with terminal illnesses really want? I'm finding out. What a great book.And, now I know.

  • Angeli
    2018-11-24 15:45

    A good and straight forward resources for end of life care.

  • Magdelanye
    2018-11-30 17:27

    this book helped me a lot when my parents were on their way gone.there is no facile platitudes here, and some new insight.

  • Paula J.
    2018-12-02 23:36

    Helpful guide for navigating the end of life. While geared toward the patient, it was helpful for family members.

  • Linda
    2018-11-25 21:34

    This is a very important book. Everyone should take the time to read it. This book helped me to better understand what my father needed at the end of his life.

  • Samantha
    2018-11-30 23:28

    Brave topic, yet important.