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Letting Go : How to Plan for a Good Death - Charlie Corke

Letting Go

How to Plan for a Good Death

Paperback Published: 29th January 2018
ISBN: 9781925322705
Number Of Pages: 240

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‘Too frequently, we leave it too late to start to think — but a crisis is never the best time for careful thought.’

As Australia's population ages, many individuals are faced with making complex medical decisions, for themselves and for others, in times of great stress. How far should doctors go when trying to prolong life? How can we decide what is ‘too far’ and ‘not far enough’ for our loved ones unless we know what their wishes are?

Letting Go is an important and timely introduction to, and discussion of, the kinds of decisions that individuals, families, and medical personnel face in a medical crisis. It shows us how to start thinking about our end-of-life stage before we get there; how to make an advanced-care plan that will help people make decisions on our behalf; and how we can maintain our dignity and autonomy for as long as possible.

Drawing on many years of experience as an intensive-care specialist, and writing with great insight and compassion, Dr Corke shows us all the ways in which people can make a mess of dying — and, more importantly, in doing so, he teaches us how we can do it better.

About the Author

Dr Charlie Corke (MB BS., BSc., MRCP(UK), FCICM) is one of Australia’s leading Intensive Care specialists and is currently President of the College of Intensive Care of Australia and New Zealand. He is the regional clinical lead for the Advance Care Planning program and is the originator of the MyValues approach to advance care planning (www.myvalues.org.au). Dr Corke lectures widely on medical communication and end-of-life decision-making, was featured on the ABC in the film In the End, and is a regular contributor to radio.

I would tell everyone over 50 yrs old to read this book


So informative. It enabled me to fill out an Advance Health Directive for me and for my mother with confidence.

North Queensland


Outstanding book for anyone with elderly parents


Everyone facing the end of their life or with loved ones in that situation



I couldn't put this book down!


This book kept me guessing, as it had unexpected twists. Well written and kept my ongoing interest.



Essential reading for everyone.


As someone who had made decisions on end of life choices and appointed two Enduring Guardians to ensure my wishes are carried out, I still found this a very informative read I consider this book to be required reading for all, whether younger or older. It will save your family from anguish and dissension.

Lucaston Tasmania


not to be overlooked. Essential reading for every one.


Most important for older age group while they still have all their facilities intact and can take appropriate action where needed and not have it taken for them.

Wellington New Zealand


letting go


a insightful discussion on a topic we all face sometime in our lives.



Essential Reading for Families


This essential reading for anyone with a terminal illness, the family, the friends and guardians or executors. It clearly demonstrates the need for people facing death to take control of their lives(and their deaths). The examples show quite clearly how important it is to set out, and gain family and medical staff support for, the type of death you want, particularly the extent of medical interventions you want. It is easy to read and should form a good basis for an open discussion of a topic which is often taboo.

Canberra ACT



4.9 7


ISBN: 9781925322705
ISBN-10: 192532270X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 29th January 2018
Publisher: Scribe Publications
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.8 x 13.5  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.25

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