Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Practical Advice on Handling Death

As I've said many times before, Diane Rehm is my favorite, favorite radio host.

On Monday of this week, she interviewed NY Times columnist Jane Brody who has a new book called Jane Brody's Guide to the Great Beyond: A Practical Primer to Help You and Your Loved Ones Prepare Medically, Legally, and Emotionally for the End of Life.

Self-aggrandizing, super-wordy titled aside, it sounds like a very practical, down-to-earth write-up of some of the small details many of us are not prepared to deal with. She focuses on both what the dying person and the loved ones of the dying person should do. Things like a living will, of course, but also assigning a health-care proxy, someone to advocate for you and your wishes.

She also advocates bringing death back into the regular conversation of life and not separating it out into something that strictly happens in a hospital, removed from everything else. And you all know I'm in favor of that.

Here's a link to the interview. Here's a link to the book.

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