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With the End in Mind: Dying, Death and Wisdom in an Age of Denial Kindle Edition
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"With the End in Mind is one of the loveliest books I've ever read. It's part memoir and part self-help manual, part practical advice and part professional credo. Mannix's compassion is bottomless and her scrupulousness unimpeachable."--Bookforum --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B074DPNGWH
- Publisher : William Collins (28 December 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 2371 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 369 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 62,191 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book not only answers my questions, but gives answers to questions I didn't know I had.
The book is well balanced, without judgement and covers different contexts, different bereavement patterns, but with the sure knowledge dying will happen to all of us.
We have a midwife to help bring life into the world. Classes to prepare parents for childbirth but theres very little preparation we know of to make about dying.
This book put our whole family on the same page. We know and understand the process of dying and can support each other and our beautiful Mum together.
Thank you Kathryn Mannix for your wisdom and understanding as we go through this.
It is a thought provoking book which covered so many different illnesses & ways of dying in a personal & caring way.
I think that it really helped me with my grief & will help me even more when those close to me are dying. Thank you
Top reviews from other countries
In this beautifully written book she demonstrates the importance of listening first and then speaking. Using patient stories she describes what it is like to realise we will all face death. With that in mind we are sure to feel a mixture of strong emotions when we face our own death. For those around us, what on earth should they do and say?
Kathryn enables the reader to feel the emotions experienced by the dying and she offers hope to all who contemplate their own death and support those they love as they die.
Thank you Kathryn for this wonderful book. I will read it many times and I will recommend it without reservation to everyone who will die
Kathryn Mannix is clearly a person who has developed a huge reservoir of compassion and empathy over her working life. Every page sings a tribute to these qualities within her. She describes a working life which one colleague confesses to loving and another colleague finds unimaginably hard. To be surrounded by death is what the latter colleague struggles with; helping the dying and their families is what the former finds so rewarding. Dr Mannix's writing helps me understand how helping people die with dignity must be among the most rewarding jobs there is.
The book was also of value in explaining how dying is just another process that we go through. It doesn't have to be painful, traumatic, or fearsome. It seems that dying for most people is a calm, relaxing process. We breathe in, we breathe out...and then we don't. As Dr Mannix says, for the majority of people, this simple piece of knowledge is denied to most people in our culture where death is hidden or misrepresented. But deaths follow a pattern that is known to those who have to deal with it on a daily basis; a pattern that was once known to pretty much everyone; a pattern that Dr Mannix describes with compassion, with empathy and with love.
Humans are not a particularly complicated species. For the most part, we are all trying to make sense of our lives and our fears, our loves, our joys are not really all that different to the fears, joys and loves of everyone else on the planet. This book helped me appreciate this simple fact. It helped me understand that death is not to be feared and that while we are living and while we are dying, our energy is better invested in contributing to the lives of others. This benefits them and ensures that when we die, we will know that our lives have been lived in a worthwhile fashion.