Since we live in a death-avoidant society, many of us have little experience with the dying process and feel fear when the subject arises. But it's a fact that each of us will one day face the loss of our loved ones and our own death.
These resources have been gathered to help you learn a little about the end-of-life so that you can be better prepared and less afraid when you contemplate your own last days. The best way to love your LIFE is to be ready for and at peace with your own mortality. So come back to this page often and learn what you need to know about death and LIFE!
1. Start by reading a few books to get familiar with the issues and concerns around the end-of-life. Here are some I recommend:
by Atul Gawande, MD
"Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, Being Mortal asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end."
It's OK to Die
by Monica Williams-Murphy MD
"'It's OK to Die' is a ground-breaking book filled with graphic stories straight out of the Emergency Room illustrating how most Americans are completely unprepared for death."
Dying: A Natural Passage
by Denys Cope RN
"Dying: A Natural Passage, a one-of-a-kind guidebook, provides practical and insightful information about rarely addressed end-of-life issues, such as
• What best supports a peaceful death?
• How can I help with pain management?
• Is it time to call in hospice?"
What Really Matters
by Karen Wyatt MD
"In this book of stories gleaned from her work as a hospice physician, Dr. Karen Wyatt shares the life lessons and spiritual transformations experienced by her patients and their loved ones at the end-of-life."