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The Needs of the Dying: A Guide for Bringing Hope, Comfort, and Love to Life’s Final Chapter

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In gentle, compassionate language, The Needs of the Dying helps us through the last chapter of our lives. Author David Kessler has identified key areas of concern: the need to be treated as a living human being, the need for hope, the need to express emotions, the need to participate in care, the need for honesty, the need for spirituality, and the need to be free of physi ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 9th 2007 by Harper Perennial (first published 2000)
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May 07, 2008 Paula rated it really liked it
Excellent book giving practical instructions on how to deal with a loved one who is terminally ill or dying. Makes uncomfortable subjects very warm and approachable.
Feb 12, 2014 Michale rated it liked it
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This book was an exercise in frustration. For example: when Kessler changed the original title of his book from The Rights of the Dying to The Needs of the Dying, he did not edit appropriately. So his text now reads that every patient has the "need" not to die alone. I agree that every patient has the right not to die alone, but the need? How many of us have seen patients who will not die in front of family members, but wait until they are alone to slip away? Kessler even recounts one of these s ...more
Jan 17, 2010 Pam rated it it was amazing
WOW can't put this book down. David Kessler and Dr.Kubler-Ross have the answers to your questions about death and dying and how to help the dying. I recommend this book to everyone!
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Aug 01, 2015 Megan Uy rated it really liked it
This book gives excellent advice on preparing for death, your own or that of a loved one. It describes new ways of thinking (to me, anyway) about death and the kinds of comfort we may need. I had never given much thought to the pain that often accompanies dying and his approach to palliative care was eye-opening. However, now that I've attended his conference and read two of his books, I'm well-aware of how much of his own material he recycles. I can forgive him that, but it's pretty much my onl ...more
Jul 17, 2013 Rhonda rated it really liked it
This a great book for anyone who is experiencing the end of the life of a loved one. It offers advice, explains the process of dying, and the author's experience with his many clients touches your heart.

Death is the end cycle of Life, something most of us don't talk about, or think about until it smacks us in the face. He talks of the stages of grief and the oh, so important message of dignity, and talking, and the simple gesture of simply holding hands.
Sep 20, 2010 Lesley rated it really liked it
I recommend this book for all human beings. Give some thought to dying. Being with someone who is dying really is the most important thing you are ever going to do. You'll never be "prepared." But this book will give you insights on how to live-- the value of openness, honesty, emotional expression, trust and courage. And if you heed its lessons, now, in life, you will have no regrets when someone you love dies.
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Jan 15, 2010 Laurie Rapp rated it liked it
I read it and learned. Learned about a most important area of life that we as a society rarely converse about. Told in a manner that was honest and often times, light. If anyone is undergoing a time with a loved one that has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, this book will come in handy.
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A wonderful book you will not want to miss if you have a death or illness in your life. It is transformative and necessary and beautiful.
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David Kessler is a writer of thrillers and other novels.

David Kessler is a hospice expert who writes on death and dying.

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