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The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life Hardcover – February 19, 2019
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—The Washington Post
“A better roadmap to the end… combines medical, practical, and spiritual guidance.”
—Kate Tuttle, The Boston Globe
"A commonsense path to define what a 'good' death looks like."
“An empowering guide that clearly outlines the steps necessary to avoid a chaotic end in an emergency room and to prepare for a beautiful death without fear.”
“Straightforward, well-organized, nondepressing… Free of platitudes, Butler’s voice makes the most intimidating of processes—that of dying—come across as approachable. Her reasonable, down-to-earth tone makes for an effective preparatory guide.”
“This book is filled with deep knowledge and many interesting experiences. It is a guide for staying as healthy and happy as possible while aging, and also shows how important it is to be medically informed and know our rights in the communities where we live, in order to stay in charge of our lives and therefore less afraid of the future. Katy Butler has written a very honest book. I just wish I had read it ten years ago. You can do it now!”
—Margareta Magnusson, author of The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning
“The Art of Dying Well is a guide to just that: how to face the inevitable in an artful way. Katy Butler has clear eyes and speaks plainly about complicated decisions. This book is chock-full of good ideas.”
—Sallie Tisdale, author of Advice for Future Corpses
“In plain English and with plenty of true stories to illustrate her advice, Katy Butler provides a brilliant map for living well through old age and getting from the health system what you want and need, while avoiding what you don't. Armed with this superb book, you can take back control of how you live before you die.”
—Diane E. Meier, MD, Director, Center to Advance Palliative Care
“No, you won’t survive your death, but you can live until the very last moment without the pain and humiliation that inevitably accompany an over-medicalized dying process. Katy Butler shows how, and I am profoundly grateful to her for doing so.”
—Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Natural Causes
“This is a book to devour, discuss, dog-ear, and then revisit as the years pass. Covering matters medical, practical, financial and spiritual – and, beautifully, their intersection – Katy Butler gives wise counsel for the final decades of our ‘wild and precious’ lives. A crucial addition to the bookshelves of those seeking agency, comfort and meaning, The Art of Dying Well is not only about dying. It’s about living intentionally and in community.”
—Lucy Kalanithi, MD, FACP, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Stanford School of Medicine
About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1501135316
- Publisher : Scribner (February 19, 2019)
- Dimensions : 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #215,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Katy’s first book, Knocking on Heaven’s Door, along with her public persona in the Slow Medicine movement, opened my mind to a new way of thinking about living, dying and the changing role of modern healthcare in an evolving, more patient-oriented, landscape. The Art of Dying Well is a new and much-needed companion for those of us on the far side of our midyears. It is practical - a map, a handbook, an ally - as we explore paths to resilience, decline, adaptation, acceptance, preparation and peaceful passing in an increasingly impersonal and over-medicalized healthcare system. My brand new copy, already inked, dog-eared and tattered is now beside me as I navigate my own journey forward. An excellent resource.
As a nurse who has practiced for over 40 years and spent the last decade working in palliative care, The Art of Dying Well is a book I wish I would have had the skill to write! Woven into this book are rich stories to illustrate the challenges and choices we may face when our bodies tire and life ends. I recommend this book for both medical and lay persons alike. It is a meticulously researched and comprehensive guide for navigating the journey we all must make.
But The Art of Dying Well isn't just about one's parents. Most baby boomers are unprepared for navigating their own aging. I suggest reading it well before you need it. Knowledge is power, and Butler's book has given me the gift of learning more now, while things are relatively calm. A crisis visit to an ER isn't the time to cram in education and research. You may need to be an advocate for yourself or someone you love sooner than later. I will suggest the book to my siblings and friends, which will hopefully lead to meaningful conversation and planning to support each other through our elder years. I am grateful for Butler's practical guide, which is filled with wisdom and resources. I anticipate referring to it again and again as I age.