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

August 21, 2019 - Comment

A reassuring and thoroughly researched 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.The Art of Dying Well is about living as well as possible for as long as possible

A reassuring and thoroughly researched 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.

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 and prominent end-of-life speaker 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. This handbook of step by step preparations—practical, communal, physical, and sometimes spiritual—will help you make the most of your remaining time, be it decades, years, or months.

Butler explains how to successfully age in place, why to pick a younger doctor and how to have an honest conversation with her, when not to call 911, and how to make your death a sacred rite of passage rather than a medical event.

This down-to-earth manual for living, aging, and dying with meaning and even joy is based on Butler’s own experience caring for aging parents, as well as hundreds of interviews with people who have successfully navigated a fragmented health system and helped their loved ones have good deaths. It also draws on interviews with nationally recognized experts in family medicine, palliative care, geriatrics, oncology, hospice, and other medical specialties. Inspired by the medieval death manual Ars Moriendi, or the Art of Dying, The Art of Dying Well is the definitive update for our modern age, and illuminates the path to a better end of life.

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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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