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Jane Brody's Guide to the Great Beyond A Practical Primer to Help You and Your Loved Ones Prepare Medically, Legally, and Emotionally for the End of Life

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ISBN-10: 1400066549

ISBN-13: 9781400066544

Edition: 2009

Authors: Jane Brody

List price: $30.00
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Stay healthy, wealthy, and wise to the very end with tips from the noted New York Times health columnist. With a ten-city tour.
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/17/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Jane E. Brody is the Personal Health columnist for The New York Times, & the author of several bestselling books, including "Jane Brody's Good Food Book" & "Jane Brody's Nutrition Book". She lives in New York City.

Prologue: End-of-Life Issues Are Not New for Me
Get Ready Now For the Great Beyond
Death Is Inevitable: So Be Prepared
A Good Death: There's More Than One Right Way to Die
Accepting the Patient's Terms
When the Patient Is Prepared
When Death Is Sudden
Help from an Advance Directive
Even a Good Death Can Sting
What Most Patients and Families Want
Advance Directives: A Living Will Is Not Enough
But Will Your Living Will Help?
Do You Really Mean "Do Not Resuscitate"?
An Improved Living Will
Box: Medical Living Will with Code Status Advance Directive
You Must Assign a Health Care Proxy
When Someone Refuses to Create an Advance Directive
Funeral? Memorial? Why Plan Ahead for the End
Controlling the Costs
Warning: An Advance Purchase Can Backfire
Box: Back-to-Nature Burials
Planning a Service
Charting a Course to the End of Life
Uncertain Future: Living with a Bad Prognosis
Tell Me, Doc, How Much Time Have I Got?
The Value of Knowing Time Is Short
Talking the Talk
Doctors Need Help, Too
Coma: When the Brain Is on Hold
Common Causes of Coma
A Confusion of States
Living Well to the End: Where and How
Do You Really Want to Die at Home?
What IS Important? Control of Symptoms
Is There a Role for Feeding Tubes?
When Treatment Is Futile
Withholding and Withdrawing Life Support
When Someone Is Actively Dying
Caregiving: Tending Someone at the End of Life
A Rewarding Experience
A Demanding Job
Relieving Symptoms
Managing Pain
Getting the Help You Need
Caring for the Caregiver
How to Know and What to do When the End Is Near
Respect Wishes for Privacy or Company
Hospice and Palliative Care: Don't Wait Until It's Too Late
An Underused Resource
How Hospice Can Help
Many Wait Too Long to Enroll
Hospice Provides Palliative Care
Sources of Hospice Care
Box: A Hospice Doctor Finds Joy
Spiritual Care: Lighten and Enlighten an End-of-Life Journey
Spirituality Versus Religiosity
Prepare Yourself Spiritually
What Family and Friends Can Do
What Doctors Can Do
When a Child Is Dying: Surviving the Nightmare
Children Need and Deserve Comfort Care
Parents Can Help . . . and Need Help
What Parents Want from Doctors
Box: A Mother Recalls Her Baby's Last Day
Needs of a Dying Child
Easing the End of a Child's Life
When a Child Dies Suddenly
Continuing Care After a Child Dies
What to Say: Conversations at the End of Life
Silence Is Not Golden
Create a Conducive Atmosphere
Gird Your Loins for Strong Feelings
What Is-and Is Not-Okay to Say
Doctors, Too, Must Know What to Say
Box: Improving Doctor-Patient Communication
What Patients and Families Want and Need
Box: Communicating with Hope
Doctors Who Disappear: What Can Be Done About It
An All-Too-Common Experience
Why This Happens
What Patients and Families Can Do
Training Compassionate Doctors
Assisted Dying: What to Consider When Illness Is Unbearable
Clarifying the Terms
Weighing the Options
Opting for a Patient-Controlled Death
Box: The Oregon Death with Dignity Act
Considerations if You or a Loved One Seeks a Hastened Death
Box: If You Are a Physician
Grief: It's Not a Disease
No "Right Way" to Grieve
Anticipatory Grief
Common Symptoms of Grief
What Many Find Helpful
When Grief Is "Complicated"
Can a Support Group Help?
Preserving Memories
What to Say When Someone Dies
What you Can Do to Help the Bereaved
Life After Death: What You Leave Behind Counts
Organ and Body Donations: A Gift of Life
A Need Unmet
Misconceptions Abound
Donation Following Cardiac Death
Age and Health Are Not Limiting Factors
Whole Body Donation
Box: Your Wishes About Organ and Tissue Donation
Autopsy: Valuable Lessons from the Dead
A Difficult Decision
Many Benefits of Autopsy
Lasting Legacies: Leave Memories and Life Lessons
Legacies to Treasure
Overcome Your Resistance
Epilogue: From the Start Consider the Finish
Illustration and Permission Credits