Last Rights, Rescuing the End of Life from the Medical System, by Stephen P. Kiernan, St. Martin’s Griffin, New York 2006. Even though this book is over ten years old, the idea of creating a comfortable environment for those who are dying, is slow to become mainstream thinking particularly among physicians. There still seems to be a primary effort to save a life no matter what, and a reluctance to accept the inevitability death. Hospice has been making great strides in this area and is also an excellent source of information and education. Great strides have been taken since the book was written but there is still a long way to go. It’s useful for those dealing with aging parents, and those of us approaching our own mortality.
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