Conversations on Dying

Conversations on Dying

A Palliative-care Pioneer Faces His Own Death

Book - 2016
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Univ of Toronto Pr
The story of the end-of-life experience of a palliative care physician who helped thousands of patients to die well.

We all die. Most of us spend the majority of our lives ignoring this uncomfortable truth, but Dr. Larry Librach dedicated his life and his career to helping his patients navigate their final journey. Then, in April 2013, Larry was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer.

Unlike the majority of us, Larry knew the death he wanted. He wanted to die at home, surrounded by his family: his wife of forty years, his children, and his grandchildren. He did. He was peaceful and calm at the end. Larry proved that the “good death” isn’t a myth. It can be done, and he showed us how.

Ever the teacher, Larry made his last journey a teachable moment on how to die the best death possible, even with a pernicious disease. As hard as it is to guide patients toward dying well, it is far harder to live those precepts day by day as the clock ticks down to one’s own death, but Larry, together with author Phil Dwyer, chronicled his final journey with courage and humour.
Two men face two very different deaths: One, a renowned palliative care doctor, grapples with the reality he helped so many to confront. The other, an ordinary man, faces an ordinary death. Conversations on Dying is a compelling portrayal of two final journeys that challenges you to ask, “What death would I choose?”

Publisher: Toronto : Dundurn, c2016
ISBN: 9781459731936
Branch Call Number: 155.937 DWY
Characteristics: 214 p. ;,23 cm.

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tomato May 24, 2016

This is an excellent book, so I bought it in order to read it again and again.

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