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Author Miller, Bruce J., 1971- author.

Title A beginner's guide to the end : practical advice for living life and facing death / BJ Miller, MD and Shoshana Berger ; illustrations by Marina Luz.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, [2019]


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 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    306.9 MIL    DUE 08-13-21
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Description xxi, 519 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Summary "The first ever practical, compassionate, and comprehensive guide to dying--and living fully until you do. "There is nothing wrong with you for dying," palliative care doctor BJ Miller and Shoshana Berger write in A Beginner's Guide to the End. "Our ultimate purpose here isn't so much to help you die as it is to free up as much life as possible until you do." Theirs is a clear-eyed and big-hearted action plan for approaching the end of life, written to help readers feel more in control of an experience that so often seems anything but. Their book offers everything from step-by-step instructions for how to do your paperwork and navigate the healthcare system to answers to questions you might be afraid to ask your doctor, like whether or not sex is still okay when you're sick. You'll be walked through how to break the news to your employer, whether to share old secrets with your family, how to face friends who might not be as empathetic as you'd hoped, and to how to talk to your children about your will. (Don't worry: if anyone gets snippy, it'll likely be their spouses, not them.) There are also lessons for survivors, like how shut down a loved one's social media accounts, clean out the house, and write a great eulogy. An honest, surprising, and detailed-oriented guide to the most universal of all experiences, A Beginner's Guide to the End is the one book that everyone needs"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Introduction: This is not life interrupted--this is life -- PLANNING AHEAD. Don't leave a mess ; Leave a mark ; Yes, there's paperwork ; Can I afford to die? -- DEALING WITH ILLNESS. I'm sick ; Taking stock ; Now what? ; Coping ; Breaking the news ; Love, sex, and relationships -- HELP ALONG THE WAY. Dynamic duo: hospice and palliative care ; Symptoms 101 ; Hospital hacks ; Help! I need somebody ; Care for the caregiver ; Everyone dies: how to talk to kids -- WHEN DEATH IS CLOSE. It's your body and your funeral ; Can I choose to die? ; Final days -- AFTER. The first 24 hours ; Grief ; How to write a eulogy and an obituary ; Celebrating a life ; What's left.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Death -- Planning.
Terminal care.
Genre/Form Self-help publications.
Added Author Berger, Shoshana, author.
Luz, Marina, illustrator.
Other Form: Online version: Miller, Bruce J., 1971- author. Beginner's guide to the end New York : Simon & Schuster, 2019 9781501157226 (DLC) 2019003657
ISBN 9781501157165

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