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A Beginner's Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  15 reviews
The first ever practical, compassionate, and comprehensive guide to dying—and living fully until you do.

“There is nothing wrong with you for dying,” palliative care doctor BJ Miller and Shoshana Berger write in A Beginner’s Guide to the End. “Our ultimate purpose here isn’t so much to help you die as it is to free up as much life as possible until you do.”

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Hardcover, 544 pages
Published July 16th 2019 by Simon Schuster
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El Maya
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is an incredible resource for anyone who is preparing for the inevitable. As a daughter who had little to no idea of how to navigate both the progression of dementia and then death of my father, this book would have been an invaluable road map. It addresses all aspects pertaining to the often gradual and painful march towards the end. This includes not simply getting your financial affairs in order, it addresses how to navigate illness, getting loved ones’ wishes and desires for end of ...more
Paul Pessolano
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“A Beginners Guide to the End” by BJ Miller, MD and Shoshana Berger.

Category – Death Publication Date – July 16, 2019.

Most people will probably shun this book due to the subject matter, but I highly endorse this book as a must read for those who are dying and those who are caring for those who are dying.

This is the most comprehensive book I have ever read on any subject matter. Not all of the book will relate to any individual but it is a great pick and choose for which items pertain to a person
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Paul
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is superb. It covers before, during, and after death for the caregivers, family, and of course the person who dies. With excellent advice, guidance, and to do lists, it really covers the all of the major issues to consider so you and those affected can be prepared. The authors have a huge amount of experience and training and thus are well qualified. Highly recommended, especially if you're afraid of the topic.

I really appreciate the ARC for review!!
Jessica K.
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I loved this book! I am at the time of life where I need to buckle down and take care of my paperwork. We haven’t updated our wills since having children and this book demystifies all of the things that all responsible people need to take care of while they’re still healthy. Shoshana Berger’s background as founding editor of Readymade magazine gives her the perfect voice for the straightforward, step-by-step guidance this book provides. BJ Miller’s compassionate voice guides you through the medi
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Dustin Hood
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book needs to be required reading for everyone! I've encountered one death where I was partially responsible for what happened after the passing of my loved one and was utterly clueless. As a survivor of a loved one, you don't know what to do until it happens to you and at that point, you're deep in grief and it's not the best time to be stressed by orchestrating the burial of a loved one. This book walked you through all of that and so, so much more. This book is also for everyone- it desc ...more
Julia
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a beautifully crafted guide through all that comes with a poor prognosis. I highly recommend it for anyone who is facing a life-threatening illness and wants to know as much as possible about what to expect. It’s also a helpful primer for loved ones and caregivers.
Darrell Vandervort
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I would encourage every adult to read this book. Yes it is about death and the processes around death, but it also offers practical advice and instruction about how to prepare, even if death is decades away.
It will help survivors, and we will all lose someone at some point. It will help with what to do and how to do it.
Think of it as the book you have read and will keep because it has all the advice you hope you won’t need for years to come.
Grace Sutherlin
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everyone always avoids discussing two topics: Death and Taxes. Unless I've missed some major scientific breakthrough or innovation, all of us are going to face the death of our immediate family members as well as our own death. I wanted to read A Beginner's Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death by Dr. BJ Miller and Shoshana Berger because I am one of those folks who would rather know what is ahead of me and be prepared for it. And I wish I had already read this book ...more
Kim Makoi
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my current favorite book! It is an incredibly practical and compassionate book on living while dying. It really makes you understand how much there is to do before the end, and how it’s important to discuss and think about these things before it’s too late. I think that everyone over 18 should read this book. (Younger I guess if you are a goth kid. Other kids might just get freaked out?)
Rae Simpson
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Karen Ng
I also recommend "The Art of Dying Well," by Katy Butler.
Alice
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent resource. The tone, information included, and font size were all chosen well.
Emily
Familiar with Dr. Miller from hospice/palliative care discussions on Twitter.
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