This is a wonderful book about a difficult topic that is fitting for our time in medicine. On May 31st, 2016, in Ontario, Bill C-14, the euthanasia and assisted suicide bill has been passed. So, we need to be vigilant about matters of death and dying.
Currently, there are many books being published on this topic because people are genuinely worried. And this book is no exception.
Eve Joseph, the author of this book, has an insider perspective of death and dying. Using the threads of her brother’ early death and her twenty years of work in palliative care, she draws on history, religion, philosophy, literature, personal anecdote, mythology, poetry and pop culture to discern the unknowable and to illuminate her travels through the land of the dying.
The book is raw and honest, but it is one that will give the reader a unique and fresh perspective on death and dying.
This book relies on a series of thematic resonances instead of pure narrative. Because of this, it is part memoir and part meditation. It is a wonder read that will help you see death as the last stage of life that can be prepared for with grace and peace of mind.
I loved this book from beginning to end. Given my expertise in medical ethics, I think it is book that should be read by all medical staff from nurses to doctors.
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth