With the End in Mind: Dying, Death and Wisdom in an Age of Denial

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With the End in Mind: Dying, Death and Wisdom in an Age of Denial

With the End in Mind: Dying, Death and Wisdom in an Age of Denial

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Death though is something that Dr Kathryn Mannix has faced throughout her career, and this book, With the End in Mind, is a collection of stories of the last moment of people from all walks of society. It is written by Kathryn Mannix, a palliative care doctor, who shares a collection of stories about some of the patients she has cared for.

If you find Atul Gawande's Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End a worthy read, you should definitely look this one up. I was particularly touched by the stories of Sally, a young woman dying from melanoma who refused to accept that her condition was terminal, and Holly, a mum of two teenagers dying from cancer of the cervix, who suffered from a last bout of restless energy before passing away. Kathryn has worked with many thousands of dying people, and has found their ability to deal with illness and death both fascinating and inspirational. I am a retired physician and I will be dying from metastatic cancer; I don't know when, I have not asked.I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to everyone, as it features something we all have in common.

I’ve been thinking about death a lot lately as the subject is likely to become one more familiar with me as my father is in the final stages of ALS. It is heartbreaking and sad but also life affirming and full of wonderful, interesting, inspiring people the author has encountered and cared for. There are not enough hospice / palliative care staff to help with deaths now (the focus is still on cancer).

They say that the Victorians were happy to talk about death, but not sex, and now we’ve reversed that as no conversation about sex seems too much, and yet we can’t even bring ourselves to use words like died/dead/death, only passed or lost or late. The author is clearly dedicated to her area of expertise, although I feel she could have discussed issues such as organ donation which would have tied in nicely with the subject.

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