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A beginner's guide to the end : practical advice for living life and facing death


"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"-- Provided by publisher.
"The first-ever soup-to-nuts practical guide to preparing for death, from how to talk to your children about your will, to how to hack the hospice system, to how your survivors can pull off a great eulogy. Think of this as What to Expect When You're Expecting to Die"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781501157165
  • ISBN: 1501157167
  • Physical Description: xxi, 519 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2019.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction: This is not life interrupted--this is life -- PLANNING AHEAD. Don't leave a mess ; Leave a mark ; Yes, there's paperwork ; Can I afford to die? -- DEALING WITH ILLNESS. I'm sick ; Taking stock ; Now what? ; Coping ; Breaking the news ; Love, sex, and relationships -- HELP ALONG THE WAY. Dynamic duo: hospice and palliative care ; Symptoms 101 ; Hospital hacks ; Help! I need somebody ; Care for the caregiver ; Everyone dies: how to talk to kids -- WHEN DEATH IS CLOSE. It's your body and your funeral ; Can I choose to die? ; Final days -- AFTER. The first 24 hours ; Grief ; How to write a eulogy and an obituary ; Celebrating a life ; What's left.
Subject: Death > Planning.
Terminal care.
SELF-HELP / Death, Grief, Bereavement.
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Death, Grief, Bereavement.
HOUSE & HOME / Cleaning & Caretaking.
Terminal care.
Terminal care.
Genre: Self-help publications.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at State Library of Alabama.


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