At the End of Life: True Stories About How We Die

What should medicine do when it can t save your life The modern healthcare system has become proficient at staving off death with aggressive interventions And yet, eventually everyone dies and although most Americans say they would prefer to die peacefully at home, than half of all deaths take place in hospitals or health care facilities.At the End of Life the latestWhat should medicine do when it can t save your life The modern healthcare system has become proficient at staving off death with aggressive interventions And yet, eventually everyone dies and although most Americans say they would prefer to die peacefully at home, than half of all deaths take place in hospitals or health care facilities.At the End of Life the latest collaborative book project between the Creative Nonfiction Foundation and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation tackles this conundrum head on Featuring twenty two compelling personal medical narratives, the collection explores death, dying and palliative care, and highlights current features, flaws and advances in the healthcare system.Here, a poet and former hospice worker reflects on death s mysteries a son wanders the halls of his mother s nursing home, lost in the small absurdities of the place a grief counselor struggles with losing his own grandfather a medical intern traces the origins and meaning of time a mother anguishes over her decision to turn off her daughter s life support and allow her organs to be harvested and a nurse remembers many of her former patients.These original, compelling personal narratives reveal the inner workings of hospitals, homes and hospices where patients, their doctors and their loved ones all battle to hang on and to let go.
At the End of Life True Stories About How We Die What should medicine do when it can t save your life The modern healthcare system has become proficient at staving off death with aggressive interventions And yet eventually everyone dies and althoug

  • Title: At the End of Life: True Stories About How We Die
  • Author: Lee Gutkind
  • ISBN: 9781937163044
  • Page: 279
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “At the End of Life: True Stories About How We Die”

    1. Reading these true stories taught me things I didn't know and reminded me of details I have never articulated or read about before. Anyone concerned about how the dying and their caregivers participate in their healthcare choices will find this book enlightening as well as informative. The quality of the writing and emotional engagement of the many contributors makes this book easy and enjoyable to read, although the topic of healthcare for the dying would sound depressing to people who have nev [...]

    2. I have spent most of fifty years as a Christian pastor, involved in the lives of people from birth to death and through some of the most troubling times in between. This collection of essays is a tribute to the dialogue that has been going on in the medical profession, and ordinary people since Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross began talking with patients about dying more than 50 years ago. What is a "good death"? Several times the often used word of closure comes up, but on the few times it does it is [...]

    3. 616.029 04/2012 OPL True Stories About How We Die. I seem to be reading a lot of death related nonfiction books. The paperback book offered opinions of professionals in the field, authors who lost loved oneshospice and awful nursing home experiences. 111 "Nursing home is high school with dementia." 116 The hospital is industrial; it's a disassembly line." 217 " What matters is not how we die rather why we choose to live." My mind like a tight rubber band.aps back to Larry and his need to escape [...]

    4. The 22 essays in this book give several different perspectives on end-of-life issues, yet the common thread sewing them together is that there must be a better way. There are essays by family members and by medical professionals, which highlight how ill-prepared healthcare providers are to address the end-of-life with patients and family. I devoured this book, going back to re-read many sections. The one essay that grabbed me and refused to let go is by Eleanor Vincent. She talks about the agoni [...]

    5. I sought this book out to gain more insight into caring for those in hospice, and it was just what I hoped for. While not all involved hospice situations, the overwhelming theme was in support of hospice versus nursing homes for providing end-of-life dignity, comfort, and peace. The first person narratives of palliative care include the experiences of nurses, doctors, parents, and adult children, and were poignant and candid. I highly recommend reading this if you have elderly parents or are thi [...]

    6. The stories were very true to life. I've been a social worker in an acute care hospital for almost four years and related to so many of these stories. I think this is a book that everyone needs to read and could benefit from it. It helped me see clearer what my patients and families are asking of me. The picture of health care in the world is a very sad one where we value quantity over quality to an extreme and detriment sometimes. Very good read. I encourage everyone to read it.

    7. This book appears to be identical to Twelve Breaths a Minute: End of Life Essays. The idea is good, subject matter well worthwhile. But I found the essays mostly boring, with the writers going off on tangents.

    8. Our Need To KnowThese stories help us understand something about death and how to face it with loved ones, and with strangers, and for ourselves. It isn't morbid -- it's life. It has a beginning, and it has an end. Always.

    9. I find this book difficult to review for several completely personal reasons, but I will take a stab at it nonetheless.First, I discovered Lee Gutkind by accident. One issue of "Creative Nonfiction" was on Southern Sin - a concept so intriguing I had to impulse purchase it in the Whole Foods checkout line. (It's well worth reading.)Second, I work with seriously ill patients near the end of life. The stories in this book are all recognizably authentic and quite close to me.Third, I met Lee to tal [...]

    10. Most (if not all) have to deal with how the loved one portrayed-be it a father, mother, child, etc. had died and how the survivor dealt with the loss, the grief, the "aftermath." While I liked the stories, I can't help but feel that the ones in which the author(s) of the story were medical personnel (doctors, nurses, that sort of thing) were a bit too *clinical* about the experience at hand. While it's true that Death is "the Final Journey" it's how we feel, see and think about the experience th [...]

    11. Here is my review in my Spanish Blog: lunairereadings/2This is a very sad book that shows testimony of different people that at some time in their lives had to accept a loved one's death; and had the terrible task of asking them not to be affraid and to die without remorse. This book is so sad; it is so sad to have to die! it is so sad to have to give the loved ones permission to die! This is a depressing book; but also a beautiful one. Not everything has to be laughter and happiness. Human live [...]

    12. I found this book incredibly interesting. It is basically a compilation of several short stories about people's experience with death - written from several different perspectives - family members, medical professionals, 911 operator, etc Obviously, some stories seem to "click" better with me than others. It is amazing to me to see the not only the breadth of experiences, but also the many different writing styles this book offers. If you want to broaden your view and understanding of death, thi [...]

    13. A powerful collection of stories that are fiercely human. While not every essay engaged me -- some were more dry and academic than others -- I was especially drawn to Eve Joseph's "Yellow Taxi," Diana Flescher's "Mr. Stone," Beecher Grogan's "Simple Gifts," and Therese Zink's "Living and Dying Well." These are universal stories, like it or not, about what it means to face the end of life, and the choices we make as physicians, patients and families to prepare for that inevitable journey with cou [...]

    14. This is a powerful collection about dealing with death, with all different types of people contributing. There is an especially beautiful story about one mother's decision to donate her daughter's organs when she died, and the bonds that she created with one of the people whose life was saved because of her decision.

    15. It's a sad stories. You will fear death and wonder how you are going to die. You will never know that tomorrow death is going to take you away and sometimes it hurt for years before you diest importantly,you have to learn to let go of your loved ones. It is always to let them go than looking at their suffering when there's nothing you can do.

    16. This book should be required reading for all health care students and providers. Actually, it should be required reading for all Americans: we have GOT to change our health care system because the way it deals with end of life decisions is appalling.

    17. Really good book. Enjoy it a lot. I come from a culture who talks about death a lot. It's great to have such a sober book to talk about the reality and logistic side of death. I think everyone should read this book and think about the issue of dying with dignity.

    18. Powerful, thought provoking, and excellent writing about life, death and all the medical places in between. This should be required reading for anyone living in a first world country/with modern medicine.

    19. I really loved this series of stories about the end of life. For the most part it wasn't depressing--although you will cry. Raises some important questions about the end of life and end of life care.

    20. Sobering look at various true accounts of how the end of life plays out for about 15 or 20 people as told by friends, family and caregivers. It's nota fast read due to the heaviness of the subject but well worth the time and effort.

    21. Depressing but everyone should read it. It's sad and eye-opening. We may have many things in common or nothing in common but this is something relevant to everyone single one of us. Read it. Though maybe in small doses.

    22. A good read for hospice workers in particular. Did not really lend any new insights, but was well written by the many authors.

    23. WowGreat book gets you thinking . And everyone of us is going to go through this as funny as it sound dying is part of life

    24. True Stories About How We Die from doctors in black lab coats, children, mothers, mostly women writing about real deaths and deep truths. Exquisitely selected.

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