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5.0 out of 5 stars In a way a rather extraordinary book, 21 April 2009
This review is from: The Art of Dying (Paperback)
The more I think about this book the more surprised I am about it. It must have taken substantial courage to write it. It really isnt what I expected to read from a neuro-psychiatrist and I would love to know how it was received by the authors peers in the Royal College of Psychiatrists. If you've come to this book because someone you love is dying I hope you find it as comforting as I did. There is a lot of literature, some very old and some recent, that explains in quite clear terms our true nature as spirits but much of it feels hard to believe, in fact 'too good to be true' to our 21st century reductionist minds. This book starts to build a bridge based on real experience within the Hospice movement. I've recently experienced the Hospice environment when my Dad died. The difference between the hospital ward he was in and the Hospice was night and day. It's horribly ironic that we expect people to get better in the nightmare wards of our hospitals where people are stacked up like cattle, surrounded by technology and fed drugs and that when it's time to die we take them to the most wonderfully serene caring place. Rather than pump billions into NHS IT systems it would serve us all much better if we insisted that NHS leaders and managers spent a couple of months a year working in Hospices. Then at some point the penny might drop ~(sorry about the soapbox). This book takes a first step away from 'science knows all' and bravely asks some fundamental questions about who we are and what happens when we die. If you're search has brought you this far I would certainly recommend it.
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Initial post: 1 Mar 2012 23:44:46 GMT
malsI says:
A very thoughtful review.

Posted on 17 Dec 2014 00:54:48 GMT
boleyn says:
you are exactly right about the difference between wards of hospitals and the hospice ward.
I have watch 2 people die one in the hospital ward and was expected to die and the other in the same hospital but in
the hospice ward of the very same hospital. they could not have been more different places in every way right down to the attitudes of the staff(I could really go on here)
I watch dr fenwick on tv the other night and he s right about peoples attitude to dying its a too hushed up subject and people are not allowed to die
it is part of life, and death is no big deal, make the most of it before its banned

Posted on 24 Jul 2015 17:15:15 BDT
That review of yours is spot on !! It was well considered, heart felt and empathic ...for that review alone I'll buy the book.
My mum was lucky enough to be at home when she died, my dad was in a hospice and died very peacefully but medicated heavily. My mum was laid out in bed and two nights before she died she sat upright in bed with her arms out stretched like she was reaching for something ,she had a smile like the Sun on her face and after that told me in whispers her son,(my late brother) would collect her in two days. That's when she went. the song that never ends :o)
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