“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. 5 Apr Author and palliative care physician Ira Byock thinks so. audio player above for a longer discussion on the art of dying well, and living fully. A palliative care physician, Ira Byock regularly lectures doctors and nurses about enlightened end-of-life care. He teaches patients and caregivers about the.

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Dying Well

Most hospice care takes place in the patient’s home, but it can also take place in a hospital, nursing home, wsll care home. This book is a really great reminder that we contin I am not quite finished with this book vying but I highly recommend it to anyone who is experiencing the death of a loved one. An incredibly beautiful and moving book.

Jun 24, Erich rated it liked it. There are no specific health issues in my family now, but my mother died of lung cancer several years ago, and I have thought long and hard about her death, mostly in terms of my own and my families eventual deaths.

First, he stresses, pain must be controlled, and then fear and loneliness reduced. Life on the edge of the great crossing is explored in all its sadness and pathos, but Byock also makes room for wisdom, hope and even the joy of final understanding. This book does a good job evangelizing hospice. If I had known the signs of my mother wanting to talk about her death with me, maybe I would have been a better help. It would’ve taken a bit to get used to, but the end of the book contains an excellent question-answer section as well as resources for palliative care.

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Byock is a wonderfully gifted writer who interweaves not only the medical challenges patients have faced, but also the interpersonal and intrapersonal struggles through which patients have battled.

Dying Well by Ira Byock

Another choice hospice patients can make is to refuse antibiotics, so that they may pass quickly from an infection. Byock has worked, telling stories of lo Buock Ira Byock, prominent palliative care physician and expert in end of life decisions, a lesson in Dying Well.

Please try again later. This book really got me thinking. He addresses the differences in what a good death may mean to each individual, and makes recommendations for families supporting a loved one du Conversations about death are never easy, but Dr.

Apr 04, Cynthia Edge rated it really liked it Shelves: Along the way, almost always it becomes, as our relationship builds, it becomes more approachable to acknowledge that this wonderful arc of their life, their full life, is gradually coming to an end. Let me tell you they are helping us so much. He also explains how to have conversations with our dying loved ones, whether they’re angry, sad, or accepting of their declining condition. Something I didn’t know is that a person can wear a bracelet stating that they do not want CPR if they have a heart attack.

From the concluding chapter: It’s a comfort to know that there are things that can be done to ease suffering, especially with pain, right up until the very end. Through the stories of the patients, families and those that are dying that can learn to deal with doctors, how to talk to friends The author of this book, Dr. It is interesting to juxtapose this book with the recently released “Twelve Breaths a Minute. I highly recommend this book. 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.


My husband is going to have a comfortable, painless death with his family around him. In our hearts, we all realize that we are not going to live forever. He took all the radiation treatments and chemo treats until he couldn’t stand it anymore. Inspired by Your Browsing History.

Is there such a thing as ‘dying well’?

Byock is an expert and has been working in hospice car for like 30 years. Which would have been lovely and would’ve helped so much with my grief afterwards. Jan 11, Linda rated it it was amazing. Intoo many Americans were dying in hospitals, often in pain, often alone. I have learned something from every family that I read about in this book.

Is there such a thing as ‘dying well’? | MPR News

As for the book though, this was an excellent read. The term palliative care is more general and includes taking care of people with long term diabilities that are not close to death.

While welll 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. Dykng can watch this diyng minute film for free on You Tube, and I highly recommend it as a companion to this book.

Through the stories of the patients, families and those that are dying that can learn to deal with doctors, how to talk to friends and relatives, and how to make the time towards the end of life meaningful. However, medical science has yet to make even one person immortal.

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