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In this unprecedented memoir, a palliative medicine pioneer explores the biggest taboo in our society and the only certainty we all share: death. Kathryn Mannix immortalises the thousands of men and women she has seen off. These unforgettable stories send an urgent message to the living, answering all our questions about the end-of-life process with touching honesty and humanity.
Drawing on four decades of experience studying and practicing palliative care, Mannix shows us what happens when people are approaching the end of their lives: how they cope; how they live; what matters most; how dying evolves; what a deathbed is like; and how families react.
Kathryn Mannix's stories, although drawn from her clinical practice, are those of our friends, our family, our partners. We learn about the body language of death through a young mother who raves the night away before falling into a forever slumber. The psychology of death, too, is illuminated, as with the endearing story of Sanjeev, an elderly man admitted to the hospital who is convinced he is on a night train to Delhi where he will meet his parents in the morning. A husband asks the doctor not to tell his wife of the fatality of her condition - the wife later confesses to having kept her husband in the dark about the finality of her illness to preserve him. These meditations tells us everything about the dying and their loved ones.
With the End in Mind is a book for all of us: the grieving and bereaved, ill and healthy. It is also an insight into palliation as a mixture of teamwork with clinical detective work to find the origins of patients' symptoms in order offer the best possible living conditions towards the end. Mannix argues that with planning, honesty and information, death doesn't have to be either painful or terrifying. With at-times funny, poignant and always wise storytelling about how people die, Mannix has written a book of immense power and importance.
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By Debi Rutter on 01-22-18
This is a book everyone in our. Modern western ‘culture ‘ should be familiar with.
Yes, the content will make you cry but stick with it, there is safety and truth in the words.
As someone who has the knowledge of a journey soon to end, I am less scared of the destination and separation that transition will enforce.
Thank you for your wisdom.
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By clevercavendish on 01-18-18
If you read only one book this year.....
Joining what I can only imagine is a river (stream is not enough) of fan mail. Thank you for such a brilliant book. I fear I’m not articulate enough to tell you here how much I admire your work, not just the work of your career but also the book.
As I read it I kept thinking of my friends young and old and thinking they should read it too!
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