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Final acts of love : families, friends, and assisted dying

Author: Stephen Jamison
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1996, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st trade pbk. edView all editions and formats
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"When is it appropriate for the dying to end their lives? When should their families, friends, or professional caregivers help them do so? How does one ever begin to think about such decisions?" "Final Acts of Love provides those contemplating this journey the means to answer these questions and make well-reasoned, intelligent, humane decisions. Without advocating a specific course of action, Stephen Jamison  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Jamison
ISBN: 0874778492 9780874778496
OCLC Number: 36781795
Notes: "A Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam book."
Description: xxii, 279 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Death and discontent --
Guidelines for self-exploration --
Talking to others --
Preparing for the final decision --
When things go wrong --
Resolution, ritual, and the good death --
Deciding to help another die --
Helping a patient die: a physician's guide --
Appendixes --
Implementing assisted dying: a brief proposal.
Responsibility: Stephen Jamison.

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"When is it appropriate for the dying to end their lives? When should their families, friends, or professional caregivers help them do so? How does one ever begin to think about such decisions?" "Final Acts of Love provides those contemplating this journey the means to answer these questions and make well-reasoned, intelligent, humane decisions. Without advocating a specific course of action, Stephen Jamison thoughtfully guides readers through this decision process and takes them into the previously secret world of assisted dying. Here for the first time are step-by-step criteria by which patients and caregivers can evaluate their personal situations and consider medical, emotional, spiritual, and communication aspects, quality of life, the potential effects on others, as well as personal values and relationships." "The question of whether and when it's right to assist a suicide is controversial, one that inspires passionate debates and heartfelt beliefs. This caring book looks beyond the political and legal facets and recognizes that assisted dying is ultimately a personal decision. Final Acts of Love will be a consoling and helpful friend to those facing this difficult journey."--Jacket.

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