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“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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The author makes the point that while a sudden, unexpected death may involve less pain, it has the disadvantage that the patient may die without having an opportunity to resolve family conflicts. Sounding a Call to Action! Dying Well is not only a guidebook for navigating the end of life, but also a case study for medical providers in caring for the entire lifecycle of our patients.


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I am grateful to Dr Byock for bringing hospice to the forefront over the past twenty years so that now, Dying Wel Dr Byock spoke to my heart in this well-written on the importance of facing death with honesty and dying with dignity. Caregivers in the home, whether paid home health aides or family members, must help with housekeeping, laundry, cooking, feeding, bathing, toileting, and dressing the patient. At the end of bycok book is an invaluable FAQ fying that was worth the price by itself.

Byock is a great storyteller and the stories are touching and moving without being overly sappy. Ding 01, Pages Buy. Do people really enjoy life in the face of death? Peace and Possibilities at the End of Life.


After all, it is called comfort care. Byock a hospice and palliative care specialist and his patients vividly comes across in the stories he’s written.

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He shows how some families handled it well, while others handled it negatively, why, and how. Progress has been made in alleviating pain and expanding hospice and palliative care for people nearing the end of their lives.

I took a Death and Dying class in university and Dyibg found it interesting. In his experience, emotional pain is more intense and requires more skillful intervention.

Dying Well – Ira Byock.

Jun 04, Amy Layton rated it really liked it Shelves: I have a phrase that I’ve always used to admonish myself in making decisions: Byock has worked, telling stories of love and reconciliation in the face of tragedy, pain, medical drama, and conflict.

Please try again later. That is completely the wrong word for the privilege of spending time with someone at arguably the most meaningful point of their life. I read a few chapters each night and always end up bawling– and a fair amount of tears are for the people featured in the book.

Dec 29, Shari Larsen rated it it was amazing Shelves: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. From the Trade Paperback edition. It is written by the most renowned clinician in the end-of-life nyock field.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. It would’ve taken a dyint to get used to, but the end of the book contains an excellent question-answer section as well as resources for palliative care. While this subject matter is a difficult one this book was an easy read.

Certainly, Dyihg continues to do good work, and it’s important for readers and th As a nurse who works in the oncology field, I hoped this book would help illuminate some of the struggles of those I was treating, and at times it certainly did.


Here in our society, especially if you are poor, or of color, have mental illness, you are at-risk. Mar 01, Pages. If all else fails, constipation and fecal impaction can be relieved by a nurse performing a manual intervention. Each story he details is uplifting, and ends wel, a positive note. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. That’s a hell of a rying time in palliative care, medical science, and attitudes ora death.

Jul 31, B. This is an important book for any individual to read who has a loved one that has been diagnosed with a terminal illness.

Customers who viewed this item also viewed. While lacking in nuance in some ways, Byock does a decent job of story telling through these several vignettes. Many a chapter brought tears to my eyes. The author is a pioneer in the byok of community-wide hospice. Oct 25, Rita rated it really liked it.

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The author says that wlel 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.

Many of these stories left me challenged, moved, teary-eyed, and deeply reflecting on the way our culture and society views those who are about to die, especially the elderly. Def recommended by me boyck it opened by eyes. While the overt disease is the “leading” cause of death, death usually comes from malnutrition, choking, or lack of ox I picked this book up at the library by happenstance, and I’m so glad I did.