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Recommended reading if you are worried about dying.
on 20 October 2009
And who isn't? It may be not a book you might feel inclined to read if you are on the sunny shores of your 30's or 40's. If, however, you are like me in your mid-fifties and watching the rising tide either for yourself or a relative, it's a good piece of homework - and of ammunition to deal with the beauracracy of end-of-life treatment and death in or out of hospital - even your own if you are well enough prepared in advance. It tells you about Advanced Directions and Statements of Preference, and for that chapter alone it is worth the money so that you get peace of mind knowing what is going to happen to you when you are beyond consciousness. I think it whould be required reading for everyone who has a terminal illness before they get too ill to consider the implications, and when you consider that we are all suffering from a terminal illness ('cos none of us get out of here alive), then yes, it's a good read.
It's by no means a morbid book, is very well written and informative and not without its lighter moments. I found it compulsive reading, perhaps because my father is an Alzheimer's patient as was John's. I also lost my step-mother to cancer, and I wish I had had access to this book before in order to help and advise her.
Humphrys and Jarvis write from their own experiences, and although I'm sure there are other terminal illnesses and other circumstances under which people die or wish to be allowed to die, with a little tweaking here or there I think for the broader picture it paints that those others and their carers would appreciate the value of this book.