Readership: Older people, families of people who are declining in health due to disease or old age, and those diagnosed with serious illnesses
Joanne Lynn, MD, Director, Center to Improve Care of the Dying (CIDC), George Washington Medical School, Washington, DC, USA, Janice Lynch Schuster, Senior Writer, Riva, MD, and Joan Harrold, MD, Medical Director/Vice President of Medical Services
Joanne Lynn, MD is one of the first hospice physicians in the US, one of the major contributors to research and policy on care for the last phase of life, and a former professor at Dartmouth and George Washington University .
Joan Harrold, MD is the Medical Director/Vice President of Medical Services of Hospice of Lancaster County in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Janice Lynch Schuster is Senior Writer for Altarum Institute, where she specializes in writing about health care and public health. She has worked with Dr. Lynn since 1997 on efforts to improve end-of-life care.
"This book is warmly addressed to all those who wish to approach the final years of life with greater awareness of what to expect and greater confidence about how to make the end of their lives a time of growth, comfort, and meaningful reflection." - Anticancer Research
Chapter 1: Living with serious illness
Chapter 2: Enduring and changing
Chapter 3: Finding meaning
Chapter 4: Helping families make decisions and give care
Chapter 5: Getting the help you need
Chapter 6: Talking with your doctor
Chapter 7: Controlling pain
Chapter 8: Managing other symptoms
Chapter 9: Living with specific illnesses
Chapter 10: Planning ahead
Chapter 11: Deciding about medical interventions
Chapter 12: Hastening death
Chapter 13: Coping with events near death
Chapter 14: The dying of children
Chapter 15: Dying suddenly
Chapter 16: Enduring loss
Chapter 17: Resources