Because of their backgrounds, the authors are also comfortable discussing the emotional complexities of dying, such as offering advice on giving and receiving forgiveness and resolving conflicts in close relationships. (Lynn is director of the Center to Improve Care of the Dying at George Washington University and Harrold is medical director of a Pennsylvania hospice.) The handbook offers many sidebars, including "Words to Try" when speaking with a sick person: instead of saying, "Dad, you are going to be just fine," the authors suggest saying, "Dad, are there some things that worry you?" Proceeds from the sale of the book support Americans for Better Care of the Dying, a national charitable organization devoted to improving care for the last stage of life. --Gail Hudson --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
I guess I was hoping for more insight and information but this book was nothing new for me so I rated it 2 for that reason.Published 7 months ago by Karen Tribou
Very helpful book for those going through tough times, or knowing those who are. I bought it because three of my friends have been in this state (one since died). Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dan K.
Excellent book for those confronting serious and terminal illness (and their caregivers). It gives clear info about what to expect, good advice on how to talk with doctors and... Read morePublished 9 months ago by sam august
There is not much out there that provides some insight into understanding death and dying and how to communicate with the terminally ill patient or family member. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Keith B. Frair
I've explored a lot of the end-of-life literature out there looking for the kind of book I would want to give to any friend, colleague, or client who is dealing with a serious... Read morePublished on July 24, 2011 by csab
We need insights to the things that face people when they are "hurting" Most that I do see are in the hospital for various reasons. Read morePublished on April 20, 2011 by Myron P. Macdonald
Joanne Lynn, MD & Joan Harrold, MD
Handbook for Mortals:
Guidance for People Facing Serious Illness
(New York: Oxford University Press, 1999) 242... Read more