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Jane 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
Brody, Jane E. (Book - 2009 )
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From the beloved New York Times columnist, trusted authority on health, and bestselling author comes this complete guide to everything you need to know-emotionally, spiritually, and practically-to prepare for the end of life. An invaluable road map to putting your affairs in order-or helping your loved ones do the same-this comprehensive book will answer every question you might have about what does and does not help smooth the transition between life and the Great Beyond. Wise, practical, and characteristically straightforward throughout, 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. • planning a funeral or memorial to ensure your wishes are followed, including tips on how to reduce expenses. • 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. • lightening and enlightening your trials by incorporating spirituality into your life. • 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. No matter your age or current health, preparing for the inevitable when you are still fully in control of your faculties ensures that you'll be in a far better position to enjoy the time you have left. As Brody notes, "From the start, consider the finish."
Authors: Brody, Jane E.
Title: Jane 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
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xxiv, 287 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Jane Brody
Contents: End-of-life issues are not new for me
Get ready now for the great beyond
Death is inevitable, so be prepared
A good death: there's more than one right way to die
Advance directives: a living will is not enough
Funeral? Memorial? Why plan ahead for the end
Charting a course to the end of life
Uncertain future: living with a bad prognosis
Coma: when the brain is on hold
Living well to the end: where and how
Caregiving: tending someone at the end of life
Hospice and palliative care: don't wait until it's too late
Spiritual care: lighten and enlighten and end-of-life journey
When a child is dying: surviving the nightmare
What to say: conversations at the end of life
Doctors who disappear: what can be done about it
Assisted dying: what to consider when illness is unbearable
Grief: it's not a disease
Life after death: what you leave behind counts
Organ and body donations: a gift of life
Autopsy: valuable lessons from the dead
Lasting legacies: leave memories and life lessons
From the start consider the finish
Alternate Title: Guide to the great beyond
ISBN: 1400066549
9781400066544
Branch Call Number: 616.029 B864j 2009
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Terminal care Popular works Palliative treatment Popular works Advance directives (Medical care) Popular works
Topical Term: Terminal care
Palliative treatment
Advance directives (Medical care)
LCCN: 2008016583
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This book is always available in the PlaneTree Health Information Center @ Cupertino Library. GL 100 B 2009

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