Dying Well 20th Anniversary Flyer In , too many Americans were dying in hospitals, often in pain, often alone. Progress has been made in alleviating pain and expanding hospice and palliative care for people nearing the end of their lives. Yet, even today, too many people are dying badly! The stories in Dying Well enable readers to imagine that wellbeing is possible through these most difficult times of life. This book remains as vital and valuable to individuals and their families today as it did when it was first published. Ira Byock was one of the earliest voices calling for crucial change in the way we treat the dying.
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Dying Well 20th Anniversary Flyer In , too many Americans were dying in hospitals, often in pain, often alone. Progress has been made in alleviating pain and expanding hospice and palliative care for people nearing the end of their lives. Yet, even today, too many people are dying badly! The stories in Dying Well enable readers to imagine that wellbeing is possible through these most difficult times of life. This book remains as vital and valuable to individuals and their families today as it did when it was first published.
Ira Byock was one of the earliest voices calling for crucial change in the way we treat the dying. On the 20th anniversary of Dying Well, we find ourselves with a long way still to go, making its lessons as relevant today as they were at first publication. The twelve case histories described in Dying Well provide readers with necessary insights to guide them through this challenging passage. Ira Byock, a mentor to this movement, remains a critical and brilliant voice for change.
After 20 years, this classic remains required reading for all patients, medical students, doctors, nurses, and anyone that will face mortality, in other words, required reading for all humanity. The country has been primed by more attention being paid to how we die, and at the same time to the ills of our healthcare system.
Ira shows us how much better things could be. Not with exotic knowledge or more information, but by doing what we already know how to do. Thrilling and daunting too, I realize, but far better than the alternative!
And, thanks to Ira, we have a playbook. Since then it has remained the gold standard of books teaching us how to live deeply to the end. He is a truly humane guide speaking warmly to a country that is just now beginning to break the taboo and needs to talk meaningfully about living and dying well. This powerful book about his work and wisdom reveals what it means to die well. It is written by the most renowned clinician in the end-of-life care field.
We live in a society that still is in need the medicine Dying Well prescribes: compassion, wisdom, connection and the relief of suffering. It introduced me to the possibility that with appropriate support, dying did not have to be a chaotic, fear-ridden and painful experience.
In fact, families could be well-supported and death could even be meaningful. We have so much further to go until we give all Americans a chance for a humane and sacred passage from life to death. His words were an inspiration to me then, a hospice physician seeking a mentor for my new role tending to both life and death for my patients.
Dying Well is not only a guidebook for navigating the end of life, but also a case study for medical providers in caring for the entire lifecycle of our patients. Read Dying Well for the first time or read it again to recall the uplifting message that growth is always possible, even in the most hopeless of situations—a message that speaks as deeply to each of us now as in the past. We need them to demand such care by learning about palliative care and how it is associated with a better quality of life, and a true value based care program.
That is why Dying Well is even more relevant today that when it was published. It offers a way forward for the public to engage in talking about dying that gives them the opportunity to learn what is possible and understand that they can make choices in their medical care to enhance their quality of life living as fully as possible and dying well. Foley, M. None of us gets out of here alive, but reading this book will lessen your fear of the ultimate end and give you some guidance about enjoying your life to the fullest right up until your final moment.
Do people really enjoy life in the face of death? People do. The stories of individuals in Dr. Byock is a leader in the hospice movement and an experienced frontline physician, and he focuses on the continuous aspect of dying rather than the one-shot of death.
First, he stresses, pain must be controlled, and then fear and loneliness reduced. Death, he reminds, is as much a natural part of human life as birth, and both can promote growth and understanding. He describes 12 case histories at length, including that of his father, a rural general practitioner. He punctures many myths as he demonstrates that it is not illegal to die at home, that death by starvation is not necessarily painful, and that addiction to painkilling drugs is not a serious problem for a dying person.
Ever honest, he even cites one case in which pain, despite his claims that it can always be controlled, really could not be.
Byock, a specialist in palliative care who directs a hospice in Missoula, Mont. What is crystal clear in all of them is that the full experience of dying is not captured from a purely medical perspective. Without proper medical care, dying can be agonizing, but relief of physical pain, which Byock contends is always possible, is by no means the whole picture. In his experience, emotional pain is more intense and requires more skillful intervention. Dying well, says Byock, involves reaching certain landmarks, which he encourages his patients to achieve: asking forgiveness, accepting forgiveness, expressing love, acknowledging self-worth, and saying good-bye.
Her story also illustrates the fine distinction between hastening death and ensuring comfort. Byock, who argues that the euthanasia debate has distracted our attention from more logical and humane approaches, is not afraid to give his considered opinions about assisted suicide, vegetative states, and feeding tubes.
Publishers Weekly Life on the edge of the great crossing is explored in all its sadness and pathos, but Byock also makes room for wisdom, hope and even the joy of final understanding. There are people we love whom we bury. We have a choice as to how to deal with this. Card Catalog Description Nobody should have to die in pain. Nobody should have to die alone. The longtime director of a hospice in his hometown, and a prominent spokesperson for the hospice movement, Dr.
Byock believes that the possibility for us all to die well is just around the corner: the day is at hand when no pain among the dying will be considered unmanageable. He shows us that much important emotional work can be accomplished in the final months, weeks, and even days of life. Dying Well brings us to the homes and bedsides of families with whom Dr.
Byock has worked, telling stories of love and reconciliation in the face of tragedy, pain, and conflict. It provides a blueprint for families, showing them how to deal with doctors, how to talk to friends and relatives, and how to make the end of life as meaningful and precious as the beginning.
Here is a book like no other on the subject: hopeful, clearsighted, and life-changing.
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March In Ira Byock, MD, was a resident striving to be a top-notch generalist who could deliver babies, care for children with strep throat, and set fractures for elderly folks suffering from osteoporosis. As a resident physician rotating within the wards and emergency department of the county hospital, he saw people falling through the cracks of the healthcare system. How are you? That never made sense to me, because, if you think about it, people who are dying are the sickest people in our healthcare system. They deserve the attention of physicians who have the highest level of training and command of the science and technology of therapeutics. The treatment goals are different, but they are people who need the best care we can possibly give them.
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