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Jane Brody's Guide to the Great Beyond

Posted Feb 23 2009 10:13pm
This weekRandom HousereleasedJane Brody's Guide to the Great Beyond:  A Practical Primer to Help You and Your Loved Ones Prepare Medically, Legally, and Emotionally for the End of Life.

This 320-page book is intended as a "complete guide to everything you need to know–emotionally, spiritually, and practically–to prepare for the end of life."  Brody advises on
  • The intricacies of a well-thought-out (and fully spelled-out) living will that health care practitioners readily understand–and how to designate a health care proxy.
  • Discussing prognoses and treatment options with doctors.
  • Your options for controlling pain, shortness of breath, bed sores, and other physical symptoms–plus the facts on feeding tubes.
  • Receiving the support you need through hospice care–and suggestions for loved ones and friends who want to help.
  • Understanding what happens, physically and mentally, when death is imminent, and recognizing when hand-holding and reassurance, not food or drink or an oxygen mask or CPR, is the proper course of action.
  • Easing your way through the journey of grief by admitting the reality of the loss, showing your emotions, and allowing yourself the time you feel you need.
Jane Brody will discuss the book tomorrow on theDiane Rehmshow.
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