As a specialist in both medical ethics and the treatment of older patients, Dr. Lydia dugdale knows a great deal about the end of life. Far too many of us die poorly, she argues. Our culture has overly medicalized death: dying is often institutional and sterile, prolonged by unnecessary resuscitation and other intrusive interventions. We are not going gently into that good night—our reliance on modern medicine can actually prolong suffering and strip us of our dignity. Yet our lives do not have to end this way. Centuries ago, in the wake of the black plague, a text was published offering advice to help the living prepare for a good death. Written during the late middle Ages, ars moriendi—the art of dying—made clear that to die well, one first had to live well. When dugdale discovered this medieval book, It was a revelation. Inspired by its holistic approach to the final stage we must all one day face, she draws from this forgotten work, combining its wisdom with the knowledge she has gleaned from her long medical career. The lost art of dying is filled with much-needed insight and thoughtful guidance that will change our perceptions. Dr. Dugdale offers a hopeful perspective on death and dying as she shows us how to adapt the wisdom from the past to our lives today. Part of living well means preparing for the end, Dr. Dugdale reminds us. By recovering our sense of finitude, confronting our fears, accepting how our bodies age, developing meaningful rituals, and involving our communities in end-of-life care, we can discover what it means to both live and die well. Illustrated with 10 black-and-white drawings throughout, the lost art of dying is a vital, affecting book that reconsiders death, death culture, and how we can transform how we live each day, including our last.
|Title:||The Lost Art Of Dying|
|Number Of Pages:||272 pages|
|Place of Publication:||USA|
|Release date:||20 August 2020|