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With The End In Mind : Dying, Death And Wisdom In An Age Of Denial - Kathryn Mannix

With The End In Mind

Dying, Death And Wisdom In An Age Of Denial

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Published: 18th December 2017
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Told through a series of beautifully crafted stories taken from nearly four decades of clinical practice, her book answers the most intimate questions about the process of dying with touching honesty and humanity. She makes a compelling case for the therapeutic power of approaching death not with trepidation but with openness, clarity and understanding.

With the End in Mind is a book for us all: the grieving and bereaved, ill and healthy. Open these pages and you will find stories about people who are like you, and like people you know and love. You will meet Holly, who danced her last day away; Eric, the retired head teacher who, even with Motor Neurone Disease, gets things done; loving, tender-hearted Nelly and Joe, each living a lonely lie to save their beloved from distress; and Sylvie, 19, dying of leukaemia, sewing a cushion for her mum to hug by the fire after she has died.

These are just four of the book’s thirty-odd stories of normal humans, dying normal human deaths. They show how the dying embrace living not because they are unusual or brave, but because that’s what humans do. By turns touching, tragic, at times funny and always wise, they offer us illumination, models for action, and hope. Read this book and you’ll be better prepared for life as well as death.

About the Author

Kathryn Mannix has spent her medical career working with people who have incurable, advanced illnesses. Starting in cancer care and changing career to become a pioneer of the new discipline of palliative medicine, she has worked in teams in hospices, hospitals and in patients' own homes to deliver palliative care, optimising quality of life even as death is approaching.

Having qualified as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist in 1993, she started the UK's (possibly the world's) first CBT clinic exclusively for palliative care patients, and devised `CBT First Aid' training to enable palliative care colleagues to add new skills to their repertoire for helping patients.

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A thought provoking and stimulating read

5

This is 30 stories by a doctor in UK who looks after people with life limiting illnesses and who are anticipating their death. The stories illustrate the scope of Palliative Care in caring for the physical, emotional and spirit needs of people as they face their death. It also illustrates how this then helps their family.

Brisbane

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Everyone, young and old, should read this book

5

This book starts the conversation you have to have with those you love dearly, for their sake as well as yours.

Sydney, Australia

Reassuring Descriptions of Palliative Care

4

An informative book about palliative care and what can be achieved; probably reassuring to those for whom approaching death is a worry; tends to be a bit didactic, as though it was written as a textbook. Useful way of throwing light on a subject which is shied away from in many families. It would be interesting to see how a book club might engage with it.

Canberra, ACT

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`Extraordinary and profoundly moving. Is it not often that a book commends itself because you sense quite simply that the writer is a good person, this is one such. Any reader will come away with the wish that they will be cared for at the end by someone with Mannix's imaginative sympathy and matter-of-fact generosity of perception' Rowan Williams, New Statesman

`The stories read like fiction, from a writer well attuned to her craft. The life in each shines through and the characters practically leap off the page. It is incredibly moving, of course, but what it isn't is miserable. Yes this is a book about death, but it is also a book about joy. There aren't all that many books that change the way you see the world. This book really might. It will make you want to do a better job of loving and living. It will make you want to be kinder. And it will make you want to cherish every precious moment of your precious life.' Sunday Times

`In the last few years, there has been a crowd of books by doctors, scientists and writers that have sought to show us different, kinder ways of ending: Atul Gawande, Oliver Sacks, Henry Marsh... the list is long. Now Kathryn Mannix joins this distinguished group. Mannix's aim is to shed a soft, clear light on a subject too often avoided. Mild, tender and conciliatory, I would like her to be my compassionate, wise doctor when I lie dying.' Observer

`Illuminating and beautiful... Mannix is good company, with a sound eye for an interesting anecdote and a sure ear for language. It's not a gloomy book. I shed a few tears but it's not gut wrenching and Mannix weaves the light and dark strands of her experience with finesse. It's essential reading for anyone who will encounter death, and that means all of us.' Cathy Rentzenbrink, The Times

ISBN: 9780008245597
ISBN-10: 0008245592
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 18th December 2017
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.1 x 13.7  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.35