After two decades in palliative care, Stephen Jenkinson came to a stunning conclusion: as a culture and a species, we are utterly unprepared to embrace death and the grief that comes with it. As a result, we deny a fundamental part of our own lives. With lyrical prose and deep wisdom, Jenkinson rescues death from the margins and places it in the center of the page, asking readers to behold it in all its painful beauty. He shares dozens of detailed and intimate stories from his experiences working with the dying, illustrating both the pitfalls of denial and the bounty that can come when we face the end of life openly. Jenkinson doesn't merely diagnose the problem; he offers a compelling vision of what a good death might look like, thereby helping readers prepare for the deaths they encounter in their lives, including their own. Jenkinson believes most people die in the manner of their living; in this way, he also reminds us to start living today with renewed authenticity and purpose.
- Publisher: North Atlantic Books,U.S.
- ISBN: 9781583949733
- Number of pages: 416
- Weight: 612g
- Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 29 mm