What are our two greatest end of life fears To endure unnecessary prolonged pain and suffering, and merely to exist in a state of total indignity and dependency such as in Alzheimer s dementia Uninformed, some people add layers of tragedy to their destiny Some choose to die prematurely others, violently a few risk imprisonment by mercy killing Often their lament is, If only Physician Assisted Suicide were legal Yet there is an alternative that is already legal Voluntary Refusal of Food for example, why Proxy Directives are effective than Living Wills, and how to make Living Wills work better if they are the only available choice The book within a book format of this book is as unique as its content is comprehensive Over 300 citations, an index, a glossary, and further resources yet its core reading is user friendly for all The subject matter is lightened by 22 cartoons and humorous stories deepened by provocative discussions of the secular meaning of Sanctity of Life and broadened by considering the emotional, practical, clinical, legal, moral, ethical, religious, spiritual, and political aspects of a subject that will affect absolutely everyone....
|Title||:||The Best Way to Say Goodbye: A Legal Peaceful Choice At the End of Life|
|Publisher||:||Life Transitions Publications 1st edition November 28, 2007|
|Number of Pages||:||489 pages|
|File Size||:||996 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Best Way to Say Goodbye: A Legal Peaceful Choice At the End of Life Reviews
This was helpful for me when my father approached end of life from congestive heart failure at age 83. At the end, he was in a hospital receiving palliative care for two days. He passed before we were able to transfer him to a hospice. Sadly, the nurses at the hospital in the palliative care wing seemed uninformed and were not proactive in making him comfortable. Because of what I learned from the comfort care section of this book, I was able to request and obtain the right kind of care that eased his pain and helped him pass more comfortably.
Terman is straight forward with information that help those of us who hope to avoid a death of delay and suffering even in the case of dementia. As "The Best Way to Say Goodbye" is a detailed book rather than a quicker narrative read, it might be most helpful for those who have some background in the subject of what is happening now in the fields of hospice and palliative care. For those of us concerned about "no more murder charges" it allows doctors and nurses to be of help in assisted dying to end suffering by putting the legal responsibility on the patient who is requesting help and mercy. Terman discusses advance directives in detail along with many other subjects. Well reviewed professionally. I haven’t finished the book but consider it a “must have” in my library.
I'm working with a Death and Dying Group (aka Death and Dining, Death Cafe, etc.!) and we all want to have as much control at the end or our lives as we can. I like this option and I like the rational. The writing and set up of pages seems a little sensational - but what the heck, the informations great! I recommended it to my whole group and would to you too!
Dr. Terman offers many suggestions on how to make the process of dying peaceful... for patients, for physicians, and for family members--all of which makes this book both comprehensive and useful. He presents a compelling case for a legal and peaceful alternative to Physician-Assisted Suicide, which he terms: 'Physician-Aided, Patient-Hastened Dying.' He also provides a step-by-step guide for those who want to avoid lingering in a state of total dependency and indignity that can result from illness, including Alzheimer's and other dementias.