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A Beginner's Guide to the End

Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death
Hardcover Book
Simon & Schuster
July, 2019
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The first ever practical, compassionate, and comprehensive guide to dyingand living fully until you do.

There is nothing wrong with you for dying, palliative care doctor BJ Miller and Shoshana Berger write in A Beginners Guide to the End. Our ultimate purpose here isnt so much to help you die as it is to free up as much life as possible until you do.

Theirs is a clear-eyed and big-hearted action plan for approaching the end of life, written to help readers feel more in control of an experience that so often seems anything but. Their book offers everything from step-by-step instructions for how to do your paperwork and navigate the healthcare system to answers to questions you might be afraid to ask your doctor, like whether or not sex is still okay when youre sick. Youll be walked through how to break the news to your employer, whether to share old secrets with your family, how to face friends who might not be as empathetic as youd hoped, and to how to talk to your children about your will. (Dont worry: if anyone gets snippy, itll likely be their spouses, not them.) There are also lessons for survivors, like how shut down a loved ones social media accounts, clean out the house, and write a great eulogy.

An honest, surprising, and detailed-oriented guide to the most universal of all experiences, A Beginners Guide to the End is the one book that everyone needs.

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