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How To Approach Death

Author(s): Julia Tugendhat

ISBN13: 9780859699907

ISBN10: 0859699900

Publisher: Sheldon Press

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  • How do we talk about death? With reluctance, it seems. While we are fully aware of death on a social level, for example witnessing violent killings on television, we have become increasingly shy of communicating about death on a personal level. For example, while a general bookshop is crammed with cheerful and informative books about pregnancy and birth, in comparison, the number of general or self-help books on death and dying is negligible. Off the screen few of us will have witnessed a death or seen a corpse. Death has become frightening and unfamiliar. But, we are being forced as individuals and as a society to pay more attention to the issue because as medical science becomes ever more sophisticated, we are living longer and our deaths are becoming more protracted. The number of people over 65 in the UK and US will increase by one-third in the next ten years. Therefore we need to inform and prepare ourselves better so that we can take more control of what is likely to be the most challenging and demanding phase of our lives.
    By dealing with dying and death in an open, honest and practical way this book seeks to address the confusion and the contemporary taboos and denial around it. This book covers: how death is defined; approaching death in the right spirit, when possible; the practicalities - making a legal and a living will; dying in hospital, at a hospice, and at home, and the professionals involved; what to expect at a death; and after a death - funerals, memorials, anniversaries.

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