“Dr. Ira Byock was one of the earliest voices calling for crucial change in the way we treat the dying. On the 20th anniversary of Dying Well, we find ourselves. From Ira Byock, prominent palliative care physician and expert in end of life decisions, a lesson in Dying Well. Nobody should have to die in pain. Nobody. A few years ago, I am not sure this title, Dying Well by hospice and palliative care physician Dr. Ira Byock, would have made the list. However.

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Open Preview See a Problem? That’s a hell of a long time in palliative care, medical science, and attitudes to death. That is completely the wrong word for the privilege of spending time with someone at arguably the most meaningful point of their life. This powerful book about his work and wisdom reveals what it means to die well.

Ira Byock, a mentor to this movement, remains a critical and brilliant voice for change. Through the true stories of patients, he shows us that a lot of important emotional work can be accomplished in the final months, weeks, and even days of life. Given our desire to avoid the subject out of fear and misplaced “positive thinking,” we need more books like this to paint the landmarks and fill in the various colors of the landscape of death and dying, especially very slow deaths by “the dwindles” that many elderly people experience now.

Peace and Possibilities at the End of Life. Ira Byock was one of the earliest voices calling for crucial change in the way we treat the dying.

Since then it has remained the gold standard of books teaching us how to live deeply to the end. He is a truly humane guide speaking warmly to a country that is just now beginning to break the taboo and needs to talk meaningfully about living and dying well.

I bought the book so as to know how to better relate with relatives that have the big C. Nobody should have to die in wel. In this book, he shares the true stories of dying patients, and how important emotional work can be accomplished in the final months, weeks, and even days of life. Paperbackpages.


Dying Well – Ira Byock.

No pain, can eat small amounts of food. From the concluding chapter: The stories here not only reveal the palliative team’s way of handling the medical aspects of these patients, but, more importantly their spiritual well-being, or their well-being within as they complete their life’s story.

Despite your background, this book is worth the read. Don’t have a Kindle? While lacking in nuance in some ways, Byock does a decent job of story telling through these several vignettes. Everyone will handle it differently, but he explains what are the best ways to ensure your last days are good ones, and an opportunity to get the family together and bonding, and how you can die with dignity.

Dying Well

Byock shares the moments that have touched him and helped him personally see the beauty of a good death. Oct 13, Rachel rated it it was amazing.

The Needs of the Dying: Trivia About Dying Well. Another thing that I found was very important was that in terms of hospice, hospice nurses, and palliative care doctors: Her story also illustrates the fine distinction between hastening death and ensuring comfort.

This book delivers in all respects and is one you may re-read from time to time for its striking insights. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Joan Jiko Halifax, author of Being with Dying. If this whole art thing doesn’t work out, I’ve been toying with the idea of going ewll to school to be involved in hospice in some sort of way.

Def recommended by me as it opened by eyes. My husband is going to have a comfortable, painless death with his family around him.

Dying Well by Ira Byock

Byock is a leader in the hospice movement and an experienced frontline wekl, and he focuses on the continuous aspect of dying rather than the one-shot of death.

This book offers a fairly frank picture of death on hospice. None of my siblings went into the medical field after doctor dad and nurse mom, so maybe I’d be the one, haha.

Write a customer review. In our hearts, we all realize that we are not going to live forever. As it stands, America hates the idea of death and the medical community is very focused on trying to fix illnesses that just can’t be fixed, when palliative care–incr Read this book for my intro to hospice class. An emotional and informative novel on hospice care and honestly one of the best books I’ve ever read.


Gutkind’s book contains essays written by 24 different people – giving individual perspectives. Byick trivia or quizzes yet.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. I chose this book because I am dyibg in palliative care for metastatic breast cancer; I’m not at that point yet where I need hospice care, but learning as much as I can about the death and dying process helps me to fear it less.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Jun 04, Swanbender rated it it was amazing. He punctures many myths as he demonstrates that it is not illegal to die at home, that death by starvation is not necessarily painful, and that addiction to painkilling drugs is not a serious problem for a dying person.

Falls are byocck constant danger for the elderly. It’s knowing things like these that put me at ease–well, btock at ease–with mortality.

– – Dying Well – Ira Byock

The family must remove objects the patient may trip over, or hit their head on, and perhaps also install welp bars. The author warns that some oncologists may promote aggressive chemotherapy for untractable cancers, when it may be in the patient’s best interest to simply face the inevitable.

Death by dehydration is not painful ia the lips, mouth and throat are kept moist. Such patients can choose a feeding tube or choose to simply stop eating and drinking and die peacefully. To tell you all a little about my personal life, I had two family members on hospice care, and now I only have one. It was very moving.