One cannot finish Dr. Byock's book without resolving, as much as possible, to take responsibility for one's own death and to become deeply involved in the experiences and medical treatments of those we love who are dying.
His website, www.dyingwell.org, provides readers with additional information and helpful resources on the topic of dying, specifically on the emotional work required when saying our final farewells:
If you have trouble talking about mortality, watch the following Ted lecture in which Peter Saul, a Senior Intensive Care specialist in the adult and pediatric ICU at John Hunter Hospital, talks about you-know-what, and explains how we can't control if we'll die but we can choose to "occupy death."
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