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The subtitle is fine, but it might have added something about interesting people, nuanced relationships, uplifting values, moral uncertainty, and the art of wise communication. The author is an incredibly gifted counselor and storyteller. I intend to recommend this book to law students, as a model for how professionals should help people make their own informed decisions rather than tell them what to do.
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I adored this book. As a United Church of Christ minister serving a church in Massachusetts, I appreciate greatly Dr. Mannix's beautiful and thoughtful approach to re-educating us about dying. Her work in palliative care and her writing about it are as much lessons in chaplaincy as medicine. I intend to pilot a book study with my Bible Study group this summer with an eye to an "All Church Read" in the fall. The need to talk about dying, learning about the process of dying, and doing the soul work of dying long before we arrive at the edge of life is critical for human beings living in an age of polarization and disconnection. Thank you, Dr. Mannix! How I would have loved working with you in my days as a nurse! I have lived an arc of caring ministry from ob/gyn nurse to ordained minister with much caring in between. I, too have accompanied both the birthing and the dying and recognized the profound and precious similarities. And I am grateful for every moment. I am a better minister for having read this book!