THE ART OF DYING WELL A NEW BOOK WORTH READING.
I was privileged to read a galley proof of this book in January of 2019. The book will be released February 19, 2019 and is published by Scribner.
Butler has written a comprehensive guide to end of life incorporating many practical suggestions for the reader’s consideration. The book may be of equal or even greater value to adult children of aging parents who often find themselves in the position of helping to make very difficult decisions.
Chapters include, among others, gently encourage slowing down, developing an acceptance of mortality, the house of cards (when we become more fragile and less resilient), accepting hospice, and active dying. She has structured the chapters to begin with invitations to reflect on oneself at the beginning of chapter as well as some practical next steps at the end to take based on the content of the chapter.
Butler does address some aspects of advanced medical directives (especially the importance of them) but does not spend as much time on the details and implications of choices as I do. But she does cover a much broader consideration of the practical issues than anything I’ve read. It will be a useful reference for planning.
I highly recommend this book as a useful resource for aging adults. Watch for its release!