- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Vintage (March 3, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679732020
- ISBN-13: 978-0679732020
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I Don't Know What to Say...: How to Help and Support Someone Who Is Dying Paperback – March 3, 1992
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"Even though its focus is on communicating with someone who is dying, its reach is far broader, extending to any intimate communication with anyone who is close. I Don't Know What to Say...' is written simply and with brilliant directness." — Toronto Sun"A sensitive, compassionate guide...[written with] deep insight." — Library Journal
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we love are dying, we all too often are unable to help them or even talk to them or face our own conflicting feelings about the impending loss. This authoritative and empathetic guide demystifies the dying process and offers practical advice for the friends and families of the terminally ill. In "I Don't Know What to Say..." Dr. Robert Buckman, a distinguished oncologist who was himself once diagnosed as having a fatal illness, confronts these questions:
What should a patient be told about his or her illness?
How can the patient's supporters cope with demands that may seem angry and irrational?
What are the crucial differences between caring for a dying parent, spouse, or child?
How can you help someone dying from AIDS, cancer, or a dementing illness?
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The brilliant thing about this book is that Dr Buckman has been exposed to the suffering of serious illness and grief both as a Dr and as a patient. Having had leukaemia (and survived) as a young adult 30 years ago, I found every word in this book about the suffering of the 'terminally ill' (as I was told I was, so long ago) struck a familiar chord.
This is one of the most comprehensive and compassionate books on death, dying, bereavement and grief available today. If you, or a friend or loved one, is supporting someone with a life-threatening illness, this book will be a tremendous support. Do yourself a favour and buy it!
I warmly recommend this book instead.