With the End in Mind : Dying, Death and Wisdom in an Age of Denial
by Kathryn Mannix
Editor: HarperCollins Publishers
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In this unprecedented effort, pioneer palliative medicine pioneer Dr. Kathryn Mannix, explores the greatest taboo in our society and the only certainty we all share: death.A SUNDAY TIMES best-selling story told through a series of superb stories from nearly four decades of clinical practice, from her book The most intimate answers to questions about the process of death with the touch of honesty and humanity.It makes a compelling reason for the therapeutic power of the approach to death not with a certain apprehension, but with open-mindedness, clarity and understandingWith the End to the Spirit is a book for all of us: mourning and mourning, the sick and healthy.Open these pages and you will find stories about people who are like you, and like the people you know and love.You will meet Holly, who danced her last day outdoors; Eric, the retreat leader of the teacher who, even with Motor Neuron Disease, makes things move; love, tender Nelly and Joe, each living in the solitude of lying to save their beloved from distress; and Sylvie, 19, dies of leukemia, sewing a cushion.These are just four of the book of the thirty or so stories of the normal man, dying a normal death in man.They show how to die embrace life not because they are unusual or brave, but because that’s what humans do.In turn touching, tragic, funny and always wise, they offer us light, models for action and hope.Read this book and you will be better prepared for life and death
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