"The first ever practical, compassionate, and comprehensive guide to dying--and living fully until you do. "There is nothing wrong with you for dying," palliative care doctor BJ Miller and Shoshana Berger write in A Beginner's Guide to the End. "Our ultimate purpose here isn't so much to help you die as it is to free up as much life as possible until you do." Theirs is a clear-eyed and big-hearted action plan for approaching the end of life, written to help readers feel more in control of an experience that so often seems anything but. Their book offers everything from step-by-step instructions for how to do your paperwork and navigate the healthcare system to answers to questions you might be afraid to ask your doctor, like whether or not sex is still okay when you're sick. You'll be walked through how to break the news to your employer, whether to share old secrets with your family, how to face friends who might not be as empathetic as you'd hoped, and to how to talk to your children about your will. (Don't worry: if anyone gets snippy, it'll likely be their spouses, not them.) There are also lessons for survivors, like how to shut down a loved one's social media accounts, clean out the house, and write a great eulogy. An honest, surprising, and detailed-oriented guide to the most universal of all experiences, A Beginner's Guide to the End is the one book that everyone needs"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note
Introduction: This is not life interrupted-this is life Planning ahead. Don't leave a mess Leave a mark Yes, there's paperwork Can I afford to die? Dealing with illness. I'm sick Taking stock Now what? Coping Breaking the news Love, sex, and relationships Help along the way. Dynamic duo: hospice and palliative care Symptoms 101 Hospital hacks Help! I need somebody Care for the caregiver Everyone dies: how to talk to kids When death is close. It's your body and your funeral Can I choose to die? Final days After. The first 24 hours Grief How to write a eulogy and an obituary Celebrating a life What's left.
Available in Other Form
Online version: Miller, Bruce J., 1971- author. Beginner's guide to the end New York : Simon & Schuster, 2019