Kathryn Mannix wants us to be better informed and less afraid about dying. She qualified as a doctor in 1982 and became a consultant specialising in palliative medicine in 1995.
During 30 years in palliative care, Kathryn has worked in patients' own homes, in Hospices and in busy teaching hospitals alongside palliative care specialist nurses and other colleagues, enabling people with life-limiting illnesses to make the very best of their remaining life-expectancy.
By recounting stories from the bedsides of these patients, Kathryn shares the experiences that have enabled her to see dying as something we can plan for and manage rather than something to fear and avoid discussing. Knowing that every day counts us down is not depressing, but an invitation to seize each day and live every moment as fully as possible.
Kathryn lives in the countryside with her husband and four hens. She laughs a lot. She is easily moved to tears by the extraordinary wonder of everyday life. And she's not afraid of dying.