“Dr. Ira Byock was one of the earliest voices calling for crucial change in the way we treat the dying. On the 20th anniversary of Dying Well, we find ourselves. From Ira Byock, prominent palliative care physician and expert in end of life decisions, a lesson in Dying Well. Nobody should have to die in pain. Nobody. A few years ago, I am not sure this title, Dying Well by hospice and palliative care physician Dr. Ira Byock, would have made the list. However.

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Goodreads helps you keep track dyijg books you want to read. As for the book though, this was an excellent read. The important point is to live one’s life in such a way that there are no lingering angers or resentments or unspoken love or thanks. Highly recommended for readers of all ages and stages of life! To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Dying Well – Ira Byock

Another choice hospice patients can make is to refuse antibiotics, so that they may pass quickly from an infection. This is a good book and a necessary one to read. The author of this book, Dr. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

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It is a companion for families, showing them how to deal with doctors, how to talk to loved ones—and how to make the end of life as meaningful and enriching as the beginning.


Dying Well – Ira Byock.

The stories here not only reveal the palliative team’s way of handling the medical aspects of these patients, but, more importantly their spiritual well-being, or their well-being within as they complete their life’s story. Pages with related products. Dec 17, Gayle rated it it was amazing Shelves: Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Dying Well brings us to the homes and bedsides of families with whom Dr.

I bought the book so as to know how to better relate with relatives that have the big C. None of us gets out of here alive, but reading this book will lessen your fear of the ultimate end and give you some guidance about enjoying your life to the fullest right up until your final moment. Dying well, says Byock, involves reaching certain landmarks, which he encourages his patients to achieve: But most of all, he opens a conversation about death, taking away the fear factor and helping the reader understand that death is actually still a part of life, and a valuable part at that.

Dr Byock spoke to my heart in this well-written on the importance of facing death with honesty and dying with dignity. The important point is to live one’s life in such a wa Recommended by Tom Mahan and Susan Peterson, this is a wonderful book! This book really got me thinking. Also, the book reminds me of how important family, and good friends are, that when you are suffering and dying, trying to manage through the pain and suffering, the distance between being sick and death itself, that there is somebody who is willing to help, willing to step and look after you, instead of dying alone, there is someone you can talk to, chat about, share the last moments of beauty with, the simple things of existence, I think dying alone and unloved must be the most terrible death, knowing that everything you have materially dont amount to a hill of beans, when there is nobody who will miss you, miss your prescence, mourn your absence.


This book written by a hospice physician uses case studies to illustrate that no matter what the disease, personality, age, or spiritual orientation, all human beings need to die with dignity and love.

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Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. It is a companion for families, showing them how to dyihg with doctors, how to talk to loved ones—and how to make the end of life as meaningful and enriching as the beginning. The greatest gift for me from,this book was less about the five things the author suggests families think about and more about the reality of advocating for your own needs ferventl Not what I expected, and not what I thought I wanted, but in the end exactly the book I needed to read.

Byock criticizes the current American culture that forestalls death at any cost and jra often ignores that dying is part of the human experience.

The author says that much of the attention that the option of assisted suicide has received is due to the fact that many doctors and nurses undertreat pain, and are poorly informed about hospice care. A reassuring and hopeful guide for anyone new to the process of death and dying — and in the age of improved public sanitation and advanced medicine, that means a lot of us.

Byock has worked, telling stories of love and reconciliation in the face of tragedy, pain, and conflict. It made me cry for my dad and all the people like me, who are poor and therefore don’t”qualify” for dyimg good end-of-life experience.

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