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The Needs of the Dying: A Guide for Bringing Hope, Comfort, and Love to Life's Final Chapter [Paperback]

By David Kessler (Author)
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In a compassionate handbook, a leader in the field of hospice care describes the essential needs of the dying--the need to be treated as a living human being, the need for hope, the need to express emotions, the need to participate in one's care, the need for honesty, the need for spirituality, and the need to be free of physical pain--and how to meet those needs effectively. Original.

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In gentle, compassionate language, The Needs of the Dying helps us through the last chapter of our lives. Author David Kessler has identified key areas of concern: the need to be treated as a living human being, the need for hope, the need to express emotions, the need to participate in care, the need for honesty, the need for spirituality, and the need to be free of physical pain. Examining the physical and emotional experiences of life-challenging illnesses, Kessler provides a vocabulary for family members and for the dying that allows them to communicate with doctors, with hospital staff, and with one another, and--at a time when the right words are exceedingly difficult to find--he helps readers find a way to say good-bye. Using comforting and touching stories, he provides information to help us meet the needs of a loved one at this important time in our lives.

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  • Library Journal - 05/15/2007 page 132

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Harper Paperbacks
Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.06" Width: 5.32" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 13, 2013
Publisher   Harper Collins Publishers
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0061137596  
ISBN13  9780061137594  

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More About David Kessler

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! David Kessler is one of the most well-known experts and lecturers on death and grief. His first book, The Needs of the Dying, a #1 best-selling hospice book, received praise by Mother Teresa. His services have been used by Elizabeth Taylor, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Marianne Williamson when their loved ones faced life-challenging illnesses. He also worked with late actors Anthony Perkins and Michael Landon.

Kessler's work has been featured on CNN, NBC, PBS, and Entertainment Tonight; and he has been interviewed on Oprah & Friends. He has been discussed in The New York Times and The New Yorker, and he is a contributing writer for as well as an Health Expert. He has also written for The Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Wall Street Journal, and Anderson Cooper 360.

David Kessler currently resides in Los Angeles, in the state of California.

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Reviews - What do customers think about The Needs of the Dying: A Guide for Bringing Hope, Comfort, and Love to Life's Final Chapter?

Indispensable!  Mar 8, 2007
This is the book that has guided and supported me as a hospice social worker over the past 8 years. Kessler brings clarity and wisdom about the needs of the dying that can be used by everyone involved in the process, including the dying individual and their loved ones. My copy is so dog eared, highlighted and annotated, I bought another copy today. I also appreciate how well the book is organized. I never fail to find an answer to a question I am thinking about or some wit or wisdom to help me solve a problem with a patient. Thank you, David, for writing this book! Anyone interested in "bringing hope, comfort and love to life's final chapter" will find much to help them in this book.
The best book for the hardest times - a valuable gift  Feb 14, 2007
The holidays were unbelievably hard with my husband sick. I had so many questions the doctors never seem to answer directly. A friend sent me this book. The day it arrived I opened it up and it started helping. It seemed to follow us along in our situation. Every night I looked forward to reading it. I finished in a few nights. (No hard to understand medical lingo-everything is spelled out in a way that helps rather than confuse)

As we still deal with things, I often pick it up and re-read a chapter. No one wants to read this kind of book, but I am so thankful for it. It came out just when I needed it. It was insightful, compassionate and full of timely information. I highly recommend it to everyone dealing with a loved one who is in serious condition.
I wish I had read this book sooner !  Mar 2, 2006
I have loved Kýbler -Ross's work and bought this book when I bought "On Grief and Grieving" by her and David Kessler. I have had it by my bed for months now. I thought that Kýbler Ross's last book with Kessler is one of the best books on Grief I have ever read. Now after reading "The Needs of the Dying" I am so sorry I waited so long to read it. Any one who has a loved one with a terminal illness needs this book. It begins with how to deal with the diagnosis, the importance of hope and very helpful tips on getting the help you need from the medical system. It has two great chapters on dealing with pain and preventing unnecessary suffering. There is great information on medications and the fear of addiction. It has sections on advanced directives and how to use them in the hospital situation. What I loved the most is it gives you the information that the doctors and nurses don't always have time to explain. Beside the vital medical information it just has great suggestions on how to have the hard conversations. There are great stories with examples on what to say and not to say to children and insightful information on spirituality. David even talks about people having visions as they near death. It also tenderly describes what to expect at the end. It helps you feel like you can have some control in a situation that makes you feel you have lost all control. I wish I had this book when my loved one was dying. I know this is not a book that anyone wants to read, but if you find yourself in this situation , do not wait to read this book. I now know why Mother Teresa, Marianne Williamson and Elisabeth Kýbler Ross and my friends felt this book was important. I highly recommend it. Don't miss the comfort it will bring you and your loved ones.
needs of the dying  Oct 23, 2005
the author is to much in the zone of "I". I have difficulty reading writings of those who are to much in the "I". I think using the words we or they at times tends to make the reading much more palatalable
Beautiful...  Sep 11, 2005
What a beautifully written book about death and the dying process. I only wish that I had been able to read this and so many more like it when my beloved mother was going through the dying process. I would have been able to understand so much better just what she was trying to communicate to me.
One never knows when death will come or how it will come to us. Hopefully, we will be prepared to deal with it long before its' arrival as well during the actual dying process.
If readers enjoy this book, they will surely love "Grant Me My Final Wish: A personal journal to simplify life's inevitable journey." This beautifully done book by Renata Vestevich allows us to begin preparing for that inevitable day right now while we are still able to communicate. If you find it difficult to verbalize your final wishes, then this diary/journal will allow you to do just that. Not only does it allow you to step-by-step communicate your final wishes, it is a beautiful place to store your precious written as well as photographic memories. These two authors have allowed us to be well prepared for that final journey. I cannot thank them enough!

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