Start at the beginning and read everything, or if you prefer. . .
A) Read the book-within-a-book. Page 4 explains how to skip flagged portions to reduce the number of pages to just over 300.
B) Focus on Patient Stories and Legal Cases for discussion, Humorous Stories for fun, or Guidelines and FORMS for personal planning. The Table of Contents list all these Titles on pages xxv through xxx.
C) For a quick overview, read ten pages: "She revised her Advance Directives from age 16 to 86," and "Which documents do I need when?" on pages 383-389; and The Seven Principles of Good End-of-Life Decision-Making on 427-429. View thirst-reducing products on 104.
D) Delve into such general topics as the medical, legal, religious, or family aspects of end-of-life planning. The Table of Contents can guide your choice of chapters.
E) Implement a legal alternative to Physician-Assisted Suicide. You can avoid prolonged unbearable pain and suffering at the end of life as long as you are mentally competent. Read the answers to questions D, & numbers 1-9, 16, 19, 20, 32, 34, 36, 38, & 40.
F) Prevent years of indignity & dependency from Alzheimer's disease, vegetative states, or persistent unconsciousness. Learn how to set the stage now so others will honor your wishes in the future, if you no longer can speak for yourself. Read Chapter 3 and the answers to questions numbers 20-22, 25-31, 40, 41, and 43-45.
G) Expand your knowledge.
It's a good and, believe it or not, enjoyable read.
Dr. Terman proposes that one can make his or her final wishes known though a clearly set out and legally enforceable proxy directive.
The above is found in this extremely well researched, well-written, and empowering book authored by psychiatrist Dr. Stanley Terman.
This was helpful for me when my father approached end of life from congestive heart failure at age 83. At the end, he was in a hospital receiving palliative care for two days. Read morePublished 4 months ago by KayeN
Terman is straight forward with information that help those of us who hope to avoid a death of delay and suffering even in the case of dementia. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sue
I'm working with a Death and Dying Group (aka Death and Dining, Death Cafe, etc.!) and we all want to have as much control at the end or our lives as we can. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Laura
Stanley Terman, MD, PhD
The Best Way to Say Goodbye:
A Legal and Peaceful Choice at the End of Life
(Carlsbad, CA: Life Transitions Publications, 2007) 482... Read more
Dr. Terman has clarified the many different aspects of a complex process, dying. It is about the family, medical, legal, financial, and religious choices one needs to make, as the... Read morePublished on December 23, 2008 by B. Marshall
excellent, comprehensive discussion. this book clearly identifies end of life issues and provides useful counsel to achieve a given individuals goals. highly recommend.Published on August 21, 2008 by S. M. Russell
Dying is not a problem: it is the process of dying that can be terrible> Dr. Stanley A. Terman's "The Best Way To Say Goodbye" is as good as anythig I read in being able to make... Read morePublished on May 12, 2008 by Olgard Dabbert
The content of this reference provides everything you need to know about voluntary refusal of food and fluid. Read morePublished on January 19, 2008 by S Mason
The Best Way to Say Goodbye: a Legal Peaceful Choice at the End of Life has some excellent information. However, the book is so redundant that its information is not useful. Read morePublished on January 11, 2008 by Kay Paggi