The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life

February 16, 2020 - Comment

This “comforting…thoughtful” (The Washington Post) guide to maintaining a high quality of life—from resilient old age to the first inklings of a serious illness to the final breath—by the New York Times bestselling author of Knocking on Heaven’s Door is a “roadmap to the end that combines medical, practical, and spiritual guidance” (The Boston Globe).“A

This “comforting…thoughtful” (The Washington Post) guide to maintaining a high quality of life—from resilient old age to the first inklings of a serious illness to the final breath—by the New York Times bestselling author of Knocking on Heaven’s Door is a “roadmap to the end that combines medical, practical, and spiritual guidance” (The Boston Globe).

“A common sense path to define what a ‘good’ death looks like” (USA TODAY), The Art of Dying Well is about living as well as possible for as long as possible and adapting successfully to change. Packed with extraordinarily helpful insights and inspiring true stories, award-winning journalist Katy Butler shows how to thrive in later life (even when coping with a chronic medical condition), how to get the best from our health system, and how to make your own “good death” more likely. Butler explains how to successfully age in place, why to pick a younger doctor and how to have an honest conversation with them, when not to call 911, and how to make your death a sacred rite of passage rather than a medical event. This handbook of preparations—practical, communal, physical, and spiritual—will help you make the most of your remaining time, be it decades, years, or months.

Based on Butler’s experience caring for aging parents, and hundreds of interviews with people who have successfully navigated our fragmented health system and helped their loved ones have good deaths, The Art of Dying Well also draws on the expertise of national leaders in family medicine, palliative care, geriatrics, oncology, and hospice. This “empowering guide clearly outlines the steps necessary to prepare for a beautiful death without fear” (Shelf Awareness).

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Anonymous says:

An invaluable guidebook Several years ago I entered my eighth decade still vital and vibrant until a cancer diagnosis divided my life into before and after. Up until then I had lived with little thought I would grow old and a confident reliance on the best modern high-tech medicine had to offer. My diagnosis was a wakeup call to live a better life. My treatment, though effective, was a confrontation with the limitations of modern medicine in the face of an aging and increasingly fragile body.Katy’s first…

Anonymous says:

Valuable anecdotes if you’ve never considered this topic before, but… Americans have a distinctive obsession with living the good life: eating well. (What is eating well – paleo? mediterranean? gluten free? ) Mindfulness. Meditation. Running. Not running. Saving for retirement. Giving all your money away. Cleaning out all your possessions. Having exhausted our list of topics about getting the life we believe we deserve, we are now devouring books about the latest – and final – self improvement project, “dying “well.” As a former hospice chaplain and…

Anonymous says:

Written with a gentle spirit, a must read for all that are human. Katy Butler has written about the journey of what it is to be human. With gentleness and grace, she tackles the reality that death is something we all will face. For too long we all have hoped we would pass away in our sleep, when is a reality for few. Like a book about pregnancy and birth, Katy has meticulously researched and given us a comprehensive guide for the journey toward the end of life. She educates us about the challenges and choices we have along the way.As a nurse…

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