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Talking About Death Won't Kill You
The Essential Guide to End-of-Life Conversations
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This practical handbook will equip readers with the tools to have meaningful conversations about death and dyingDeath is a part of life. We used to understand this, and in the past, loved ones...
This practical handbook will equip readers with the tools to have meaningful conversations about death and dyingDeath is a part of life. We used to understand this, and in the past, loved ones...
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  • This practical handbook will equip readers with the tools to have meaningful conversations about death and dying

    Death is a part of life. We used to understand this, and in the past, loved ones generally died at home with family around them. But in just a few generations, death has become a medical event, and we have lost the ability to make this last part of life more personal and meaningful. Today people want to regain control over health-care decisions for themselves and their loved ones.

    Talking About Death Won't Kill You is the essential handbook to help Canadians navigate personal and medical decisions for the best quality of life for the end of our lives. Noted palliative-care educator and researcher Kathy Kortes-Miller shows readers how to identify and reframe limiting beliefs about dying with humor and compassion. With robust resource lists, Kortes-Miller addresses

  • advance care plans for ourselves and our loved ones
  • how to have conversations about end-of-life wishes with loved ones
  • how to talk to children about death
  • how to build a compassionate workplace
  • practical strategies to support our colleagues
  • how to talk to health-care practitioners
  • how to manage challenging family dynamics as someone is dying
  • what is involved in medical assistance in dying (MAID)

    Far from morbid, these conversations are full of meaning and life — and the relief that comes from knowing what your loved ones want, and what you want for yourself.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    February 19, 2018
    Kortes-Miller, a professor of social work at Lakehead University in Ontario, makes a strong case for why people need to talk about how they want to die and under what conditions they want to be kept alive. “Our fear and societal avoidance of dying... have caused us to relinquish control and ownership of our dying. We lack the language and courage to have these important conversations with those we love,” she writes. This useful handbook offers a road map. Her suggestions include involving children in discussions about the death of a loved one and advice on ways to create a compassionate workplace when a colleague or employee is dying or has died, such as encouraging the person who is ill to set guidelines about what personal information they feel comfortable sharing. A pragmatic chapter discusses how to address end-of-life options with health care providers. The book also offers insight on such difficult questions as when and how to talk with someone who is dying and when and how to share information about death, particularly on social media. This challenging book asks readers to face their fears of dying, and it will help those who do be more prepared for their own deaths and to ease the grief of loved ones. Agent: Jesse Finkelstein, Transatlantic Agency.

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