- Publisher: Random House; First Edition edition (January 1, 2009)
- ISBN-10: 1588367746
- ISBN-13: 978-1588367747
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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Jane Brody's Guide to the Great Beyond: A Practical Primer to Help You and Your Loved Ones Prepare Medically, Legally, and Emotionally for the End of Life Hardcover – January 1, 2009
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The subhead says it all: A practical primer to help you and your loved ones prepare medically, legally, and emotionally for the end of life. This book is full of invaluable advice that anyone can use, whatever their age. Death is the end of the story for everybody, so it makes excellent sense to learn about it and make decisions. The better your plan, the better likelihood the end of life will be the one you'd pick.
The tone of the Guide to the Great Beyond is compassionate and upbeat. Although there is plenty of science and hard-nosed legal advice, there are also cartoons and personal vignettes. I liked one cartoon in particular. A doctor stands in front of a patient and says "Before I go over your test results, can we agree no one lives forever?"
Included is a six-page prototype of a living will that readers can copy for their own use.
Other good books by this author include Jane Brody's Good Food Book, Jane Brody's Nutrition Book, Jane Brody's Good Food Gourmet, Jane Brody's Good Seafood Book and Jane Brody's Allergy Fighter.Read more ›
In her inimitably straightforward, informative and intelligent manner, New York Times health columnist Brody (Jane Brody's Good Food Book) gives pragmatic direction to a concerned yet reluctant readership in this essential travel guide for the journey toward the inevitable. In pointing out that there is a difference between sensibly learning to accept death and surrendering, she reminds us that our attitude about living colors our approach to death. Thoroughly outlining all attendant demands and details for facing one's end, Brody provides facts and support for families and patients, and makes it appear entirely possible to "go with grace." With bulleted lists itemizing what needs to be done and how to do it, short portraits and anecdotes throughout, Brody covers the importance of preparation; the necessity of an advance directive and why a living will is not enough; funeral plans; living with a bad prognosis and dealing with uncertainty; caregiving; hospice; communicating with doctors; assisted dying; organ donation and autopsy; and legacies. An instructive, inspiring and reassuring work full of compassion and humor (along with several cartoons from various New Yorker illustrators), this volume belongs on every family's bookshelf.
Most people my age have experienced many losses in their life. For me, those losses have included my grandparents, parents, and my dear sister Kay who died of cancer at the age of 47. Many of the vignettes and insights shared by Jane Brody resonated with me. Brody shared her personal experience of her mother dying in 1958 of complications of ovarian cancer only weeks before Brody graduated from high school. What she described was not much different from the experience of my nephew Kris and my niece Trisha. More than ten years after Kay's death, Kris said to me, "Aunt Jeannie, I don't understand why you knew that Mom was dying and no one even told us." It wasn't that Kris and Trisha weren't right there. It's that no one, not even Kay, could or would admit that she was dying. Had she told me? No. I only knew because I was in daily communication with Kay and my intuition picked up on what was not said to me. Brody encourages me to believe that we can and should learn to talk about death openly.
Brody's wise advice and advocacy is reflected in this note: "From the start, consider the finish." Her comment reminds me of an old saying: "Nobody gets out of here alive." That is not to say that Brody destroys the idea of hope. In fact, she advises hope with a healthy dose of reality. Brody has provided a wonderful guide to help families negotiate the pitfalls from a time of diagnosis through those inevitable experiences of grief.Read more ›
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Shortly after we got this book we, unfortunately, got to use some of its advice. It was very helpful to us and will be a part of library that gets reread.Published on January 18, 2014 by Robert J Eagan
Not something that people like to talk about but everyone will need this information at some point in their lives. Practical, easy to read. Thoughtful insights.Published on November 1, 2013 by Doodlebugs
This book helped prepare me for what to expect during my friend's death in hospice care at home . It has so many sensible tips and advice, I felt braver and better- informed, so... Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by Patricia Hanlon Kent
Still have not taken the time to complete the book. I need to take care of my personal planning ASAP; I'm not getting any younger and don't want to burden the children with... Read morePublished on September 20, 2013 by Darren Bieda
This book has alot of helpful, practical information on a subject that is sometimes difficult to talk about. It is very well written, an easy read.Published on March 14, 2013 by Leslie
I found myself moved, not always in happy ways, at the reliable and detailed preview of death -- I'm 73, so there's some relevance. Read morePublished on February 18, 2013 by Anonymous
Was interested in the content as I work wirh EOL program regularly. Brody did a good layman's job with language and approach....and humor...very important.Published on December 8, 2012 by Patricia C. Myette
I purchased this book when it first was published because my husband was terminally ill. We read it together over a period of time. Brody's recommendations were incredibly helpful. Read morePublished on May 27, 2012 by Colleen Hamilton