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Death, Dying & Donuts - Colin Dicks

Death, Dying & Donuts

By: Colin Dicks

Paperback | 25 November 2022

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Death, Dying & Donuts is essential reading. If you read only one more book in your life, this should be it.

This is an immensely helpful and thought-provoking expose of the final acts of life. Using humour and powerful anecdotes, the subject of dying is presented in a balanced and palatable way.

As an oncologist, Dr Colin Dicks is well placed to comment on death, and although it has a cancer focus, this content has universal relevance. No stone is left unturned as the important physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of dying are explored.

Death, Dying & Donuts offers practical tips and strategies, including education for health care professionals and carers.

This book is not only about death and dying, it is also about donuts. Donuts are Colin's invitation to enjoy life and to make the most of each day while possible. Life is much sweeter when death is normalised. Death, Dying & Donuts is the self-help book that will make a better tomorrow for you, today.

Industry Reviews

Even as a physician of 50 years' standing, I found I was woefully unprepared to cope with the short illness and death of my wife. Colin allowed me to review the manuscript during the last days of my wife's illness, and I found it immensely helpful. This book will enable the dying and the soon-to-be-bereaved to face the reality of dying with humanity. We can aspire to a "good death" for our loved ones and ourselves.

Dr John Clements AM

Dr Colin offers a unique perspective on an experience we all must face. Sensitive, yet intensely practical; beautifully kind, yet directly addressing the fears we all have; this book is essential reading for both carers and those dying. It is written by a man who walks this road every day, and hence is uniquely qualified to equip every person for their personal journey into death. I recommend this to every person facing death that I know, and the knowledge Colin shares brings great comfort and direction to all who are preparing to face


Pastor Darin Browne

Death, Dying & Donuts is essential reading to prepare yourself for the full journey of life from birth to death...and helped me understand much more clearly the journey that my ageing parents are travelling, thank you Colin.

Larissa Meyer

With years of experience, deep empathy and a gentle sense of humour Dr Dicks takes you by the hand and guides you on the difficult path of death and dying. Whether it is for you, or somebody close to you, this book enables you to navigate the unfamiliar terrain that comes with death and dying emotionally, spiritually, physically and practically. With Dr Dicks accompanying you every step along the way, Death, Dying and Donuts is an essential resource that shouldn't be missed.

Anna-Marie Lombard

Are you or a loved one faced with the reality of death and dying? Finding yourself asking questions such as, "Why me? What is true? Where do I come from? Where will I go? What is valuable to me? In my professional opinion, as a counsellor and psychotherapist and with my personal experience as a daughter who lost her mother to cancer at a young age, I can highly recommend this book to everyone who is confronted with the existential questions surrounding death and dying. This book will not only give you the confidence to talk about an inevitable and challenging topic namely death, but it will also help you understand the normal challenges faced and even make it a more bearable process. Furthermore, it may help anyone in their search for the meaning of such suffering when faced with difficult choices. Victor Franklyn wrote in his book Man's Search for Meaning, "Once an individual's search for a meaning is successful, it not only renders him happy but also gives him the capability to cope

with suffering" (p.14). I do believe this book was inspired and am grateful that Colin Dicks rose to this challenge when he wrote this book as I believe it will help many others.

Henrietta Oosthuizen

Counsellor, Family Therapist,

Psychotherapist, Supervisor, Trainer, and Assessor.

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