A Beginner's Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death

A Beginner's Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death by Dr. BJ Miller, Shoshana Berger 1501157213 9781501157219
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"A gentle, knowledgeable guide to a fate we all share" (The Washington Post): the first and only all-encompassing action plan for the end of life.

"There is nothing wrong with you for dying," hospice physician B.J. Miller and journalist and caregiver Shoshana Berger write in A Beginners Guide to the End. "Our ultimate purpose here isnt so much to help you die as it is to free up as much life as possible until you do."

Theirs is a clear-eyed and big-hearted action plan for approaching the end of life, written to help readers feel more in control of an experience that so often seems anything but controllable. Their book offers everything from step-by-step instructions for how to do your paperwork and navigate the healthcare system to answers to questions you might be afraid to ask your doctor, like whether or not sex is still okay when youre sick. Get advice for how to break the news to your employer, whether to share old secrets with your family, how to face friends who might not be as empathetic as youd hoped, and how to talk to your children about your will. (Dont worry: if anyone gets snippy, itll likely be their spouses, not them.) There are also lessons for survivors, like how to shut down a loved ones social media accounts, clean out the house, and write a great eulogy.

An honest, surprising, and detail-oriented guide to the most universal of all experiences, A Beginners Guide to the End is "a book that every family should have, the equivalent of Dr. Spock but for this other phase of life" (New York Times bestselling author Dr. Abraham Verghese).      

Author: Dr. BJ Miller, Shoshana Berger

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 544

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: 2020-06-30


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