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Talking About Death Won't Kill You: The Essential Guide to End-of-Life Conversations

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This practical handbook will equip readers with the tools to have meaningful conversations about death and dying

Death is a part of life. We used to understand this, and in the past, loved ones generally died at home with family around them. But in just a few generations, death has become a medical event, and we have lost the ability to make this last part of life more pers
Paperback, 208 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by ECW Press
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Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Book: Talking About Death Won't Kill You: The Essential Guide to End-of-Life Conversations
Author: Kathy Kortes-Miller

Why I read it: I guess the easy answer is because I received an ARC through the ECW Shelf Monkey program, but I also chose it (and some others) from a selection of books and I suppose the reason I chose it is because I'm trying to build greater death literacy.

What I thought: There were bits and pieces that really stood out to me - I skipped a few chapters to read ahead, out of i
Sondra Seibel
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book gives a great overview of end-of-life issues, why we struggle to talk about them, and tips on how to start conversations. It is very accessible to non-medical people (not a lot of jargon). I also appreciated that it had a section on Medical Assistance in Dying - a relatively new option here in Canada. There is also an excellent resource section at the end with lots of websites for further information on specific topics.
Sherry Monger
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's time to have a conversation about death and dying, and this is the perfect book to get it started. Written by a palliative care doctor and researcher whose goal is to improve end of life care for the dying and their families, Kortes- Miller explains options now available and questions to ask. The book is gentle and does not feel didactic - rather it talks about possibilities and emotions and present day laws. At the end there is a resource guide pertinent to the provinces and no doubt helpf ...more
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kathy Kortes-Miller knows about death. A hospital social worker, educator on end of life and palliative care issues, and a cancer survivor herself, Kortes-Miller brings her tremendous experience, knowledge, and wisdom to the difficult and often taboo subject of death. Through humour, examples from her work and personal experiences, and discussions with colleagues, the author offers practical, down-to-earth advice on how to start difficult conversations, how to support people who are dying, and h ...more
Lisa H
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I picked up this book because it is part of a program from my local library. I have been very interested in death education and death positivity after discovering Caitlin Doughty's YouTube channel last year. This is a very practical guide for Canadian's looking to talk about death and end of life care with their loved ones. I think it would be a good resource for everyone to read prior to being in the middle of the stress of someone they love dying. It was presented in a way that wasn't morbid a ...more
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Pinky swear!

I was excited to read Talking About Death Won’t Kill You because I’m one of those weird people who is fascinated by death, the psychology of people around death, and I do think that death is one of those things that is just brushed under the table in Western society. Not a lot of people talk about death and even less people know how to discuss it when it’s c
Sheila Dorsch
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Kathy Kortes-Miller wishes to ease our aversion around the discussions of death, dying, and grief. Her work is a testament to the way one person can inject a sense of hope and optimism while candidly showing us that our conversations, planning, and experiences, help make death personal, real, and meaningful.

The most notable strength of this text is Kortes-Miller’s skillfulness at holding space with her readers. She sets the stage for a stern but friendly campaign to start talking about death
Joanne Mcleod
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book from a Canadian perspective (but applicable elsewhere) about the importance of the conversation of death and more advance planning regarding our dying as a fundamental to also living a good life. I love the idea of forming Compassionate Communities in advocating for, supporting, and caring for all its members through life, death, and grief. A very worthy read!
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Canadian specific, which was nice.
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Dr. Kathy Kortes-Miller is an assistant professor at the School of Social Work and the Palliative Care Division Lead at the Centre for Education and Research on Aging and Health (CERAH) at Lakehead University. She is an unconventional death educator with a passion for palliative care and improving end-of-life care for all. She lives in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

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