“Dr. Ira Byock was one of the earliest voices calling for crucial change in the way we treat the dying. On the 20th anniversary of Dying Well, we find ourselves. 5 Apr Author and palliative care physician Ira Byock thinks so. audio player above for a longer discussion on the art of dying well, and living fully. A palliative care physician, Ira Byock regularly lectures doctors and nurses about enlightened end-of-life care. He teaches patients and caregivers about the.

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Trust me, I’m not being depressing when I read hospice books. To ask other readers questions about Dying Wellplease sign up.

However, for one patient who dhing dying of advanced cancer he administers staggering amounts of narcotics to control her pain and eventually barbiturates until she succumbs of her own accord. The greatest gift for me from,this book was less about the five things the author suggests families think about and more about the reality of advocating for your own needs ferventl Not what I expected, and not what I thought I wanted, but in the end exactly the book I needed to read.

It offers a way forward for the public to engage in talking about dying that gives them the opportunity to learn what is possible and understand that they can make choices in their medical care to enhance their quality of life living as fully as possible and eying well. It introduced me to the possibility that with appropriate support, dying did not have to be a chaotic, fear-ridden and painful experience.

Is there such a thing as ‘dying well’?

The greatest gift for me from,this book was less about the five things the author suggests families think about and more about the reality of advocating for your own needs fervently and until dyingg end. Read highlights from their conversation below — and click the audio player above for a longer discussion on the art of dying well, and living fully. Have you said your good-byes?

Frankly, nature or their illness does that just quite well enough. This book makes me proud and excited to be working toward volunteering with kra. To tell you all a little about my personal life, I had two family members on hospice care, and now I only have one.


The author warns that some oncologists may promote aggressive chemotherapy for untractable cancers, when it may be rying the patient’s best interest to simply face the inevitable.

There is a fine line here.

LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. It would’ve taken a bit to get used to, but the end of the book contains an excellent question-answer section as well as resources for palliative care. Preview — Dying Well by Ira Byock. In my case, my husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and six months later passed away.

It opened my byofk to a world of palliative care and hospice-programs that I really didn’t know existed. Get the full review here! Jan dging, Elaine rated it it was amazing Shelves: He eased fears, pain, physical care of the patient and he helped all involved to come to terms with death of the patient, I can’t describe it well – just read the book.

Feb 17, Michael Connolly rated it liked it Shelves: Maybe the stories would have freaked me out then, maybe. Read this book for my intro to hospice class. It gets you to thinking about where do we as a society draw the line as far as personal choices on this issue. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Is yding such a thing as ‘dying well’?

Oct 05, Cheri rated it it was amazing. Caregivers in the home, whether paid home bbyock aides or family members, must help with housekeeping, laundry, cooking, feeding, bathing, toileting, and dressing the patient.

Apr 04, Cynthia Wlel rated ora really liked it Shelves: It uses a medical “case report” format, with presentation of several stories of people, family, and friends on the final journey, involving the Hospice care organization in Missoula, Weol.

In fact, families could be well-supported and death could even be meaningful. I appreciated some of the questions Byock chose to ask people who were dying, including: It is best to avoid unnecessary trips by the patient to the hospital.

Jul 09, Elizabeth rated it it was amazing Shelves: The title identifies the main point of this book: That is why Dying Well is even more relevant today that when it was published. This book will change your life and teach you to life more everyday. He is a truly humane guide speaking warmly to a country that is just now beginning to break the taboo and needs to talk meaningfully about living and dying well.


Which would have been lovely and would’ve helped so much with my grief afterwards. It was a difficult book to finish because it tugged on my emotions, especially as I’ve begun hospice patient volunteer work.

Recommended by Tom Mahan and Susan Peterson, this is dyint wonderful book!

Dying Well by Ira Byock

When there is a problem, hospice is only a phone dyinv away. Oct 13, Rachel rated it it was amazing. It’s knowing things like these that put me at ease–well, more at ease–with mortality. This book has taught me welo appreciate life even more.

I ask about what it’s like for them to be seriously ill and have others taking care of them. And none of these are painful if we focus on the loved one’s comfort. I am grateful to Dr Byock for bringing hospice to the forefront over the past twenty years so that now, Dying Wel Dr Byock spoke to my heart in this well-written on the importance dylng facing death with honesty and dying with dignity.

The author of this book, Dr. Since then it has remained byyock gold standard of books teaching us how to live deeply to the end. Byock is an expert and has been working in hospice car for like 30 years. While the overt disease is the “leading” cause of death, death usually comes from malnutrition, choking, or lack of ox I picked this book up at the library by happenstance, and I’m so glad I did.

But is there such a thing as dying well?