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The Art of Dying: How to Leave This World With Dignity and Grace, at Peace With Yourself and Your Loved Ones Hardcover – June, 1996

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For those with terminal illnesses, dying can be a lingering process. While there are many books to help the bereaved, few are available to ease the transition to death for dying people themselves. Weenolsen is a psychologist specializing in counseling the terminally ill. Her book touches on a variety of end-of-life concerns from the practical to the spiritual to help the dying make the most of the remainder of their lives and find meaning in death. Coming to terms with the disease itself, managing pain, planning funerals, making peace with loved ones, deciding about terminal care, and learning what the final experience of death is like are considered in a matter-of-fact way?a reassuring yet sensitive approach to difficult subjects. Although the author argues the pros and cons of euthanasia and belief in an afterlife, her obvious bias in favor of both may be off-putting to some readers. Overall, a good addition to thanatology collections.?Karen McNally Bensing,
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For those with terminal illnesses, dying can be a lingering process. While there are many books to help the bereaved, few are available to ease the transition to death for dying people themselves. Weenolsen is a psychologist specializing in counseling the terminally ill. Her book touches on a variety of end-of-life concerns from the practical to the spiritual to help the dying make the most of the remainder of their lives and find meaning in death. Coming to terms with the disease itself, managing pain, planning funerals, making peace with loved ones, deciding about terminal care, and learning what the final experience of death is like are considered in a matter-of-fact way -- a reassuring yet sensitive approach to difficult subjects. Although the author argues the pros and cons of euthanasia and belief in an afterlife, her obvious bias in favor of both may be off-putting to some readers. Overall, a good addition to anthology collections. --Karen McNally Bensing --Library Journal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 299 pages
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr; 1st edition (June 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312142781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312142780
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,513,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In my search for material to help those dying of lymphoma, I found many books for caregivers, for the bereaved, and for therapists who aid the dying, but only a few books that speak directly to the dying person. Weenolsen's book fills the gap.
The Art of Dying offers much information, including very practical information, for dealing with the end of life--information not present in many other books, most of which focus primarily on the spirituality of dying, and communicating with loved ones before you die. Although these are terribly important issues, practical advice about arranging finances, preparing advance directives to ensure for or against extraordinary resuscitation efforts, and learning what to expect in the last few moments of life are questions that have been addressed in few other books.
In particular, I appreciate Weenolsen's very pragmatic list of things not to say to children. For instance, she recommends you not say you're "just going to sleep," lest they develop a subsequent fear of sleeping.
If you're facing death soon, or if you believe that one ought to prepare to die at any time, this book will serve you well.
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Format: Hardcover
Patricia Weenolsen, PhD

The Art of Dying:
How to Leave This World with Dignity and Grace,
at Peace with Yourself and Your Loved Ones

(New York: St. Martin's Press, 1996) 299 pages
(ISBN: 0-312-14278-1; hardcover)
(Library of Congress call number: BF789.D4W34 1996)

The author is a psychologist with extensive experience
dealing with the issues surrounding death and dying.
This wide-ranging book raises all the most important questions.
And when the right questions are asked,
that does not limit the depth of the replies we can make.

Large parts of the book are really about coping with illness and disability
rather than preparing for death.
The book is popular and optimistic in tone.
And some readers will find the answers to be superficial.
But it is always worth raising the questions.
Check the table of contents
for a good overview of The Art of Dying.

If you would like to know about other books on getting ready to die,
search the Internet for the following exact expression:
"Best Books on Preparing for Death".

James Leonard Park, existential philosopher.
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