This book was deeply moving, and deeply thought provoking, not only from the well written and powerful content but because someone very near to me requested that I read this book. His GP had recommended it to him shortly after he was diagnosed with a terminal brain cancer. Despite being one of the most strong willed and independent people I've ever known, even he was planning for the time when death and the dying process may take that dignity away from him. I see this book as a powerful reminder that death is natural, but prolonging it past a point of purposeful living is not natural. Mostly, this book has taught me that asking questions and talking about death, and the ways purpose and independence can be maintained is THE most useful thing anyone can do to support a loved one with a terminal illness.