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

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One person’s good death is not another’s – we all need to find our own way to take our bow and leave the stage. So the good doctor, when explaining the nature of a disease and the possible treatments, should be quite explicit about the details and what the patient and the carers are likely to face.

It’s offered me some ‘permission’ to say what I see, ask simple and complex questions of her carers, express and ask for what I know she would and wouldn’t want and what I want.

This is easy to read, hugely interesting, and very engaging - full of feeling, knowledge and experience. If you are wired so that you think there's grandeur, learning, redemption, or whatever other "quality" in suffering except pointless pain, you are going to stand your ground and use this book to reinforce your rationalizations about why the pain (physical suffering) is unavoidable, even necessary part of human experience.

She believes that a better public awareness about what happens as we die would reduce fear and enable people to discuss their hopes and plans with the people who matter to them.I’ve been thinking about death a lot lately as the subject is likely to become one more familiar with me as my father is in the final stages of ALS. It’s clear she feels she’s been honored to work with the dying, and she’s helped to propagate a healthy approach to death.

By turns touching and tragic, funny and wise, With the End in Mind brings together Kathryn Mannix ' s lifetime of medical experience to tell powerful stories of life and death.Nothing is more certain; nothing more bewildering, strange, scandalous, downright impossible, forever true. Interestingly centred around the time when the perspective of life and meaning are under scrutiny and question. From the shrinking circle of his life, from his frail body drowning in itself, he reached outwards towards the friends he was leaving.

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