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Summary

What colour is cancer? Why do some people appear to have made miraculous recoveries? How can you tell when someone is in the final hours of their life? How can we ensure our most vulnerable are treated with the dignity they deserve?

In this unprecedented memoir, a palliative medicine pioneer explores the biggest taboo in our society and the only certainty we all share: death. Kathryn Mannix immortalises the thousands of men and women she has seen off. These unforgettable stories send an urgent message to the living, answering all our questions about the end-of-life process with touching honesty and humanity.

Drawing on four decades of experience studying and practicing palliative care, Mannix shows us what happens when people are approaching the end of their lives: how they cope; how they live; what matters most; how dying evolves; what a deathbed is like; and how families react.

Kathryn Mannix's stories, although drawn from her clinical practice, are those of our friends, our family, our partners. We learn about the body language of death through a young mother who raves the night away before falling into a forever slumber. The psychology of death, too, is illuminated, as with the endearing story of Sanjeev, an elderly man admitted to the hospital who is convinced he is on a night train to Delhi where he will meet his parents in the morning. A husband asks the doctor not to tell his wife of the fatality of her condition - the wife later confesses to having kept her husband in the dark about the finality of her illness to preserve him. These meditations tells us everything about the dying and their loved ones.

With the End in Mind is a book for all of us: the grieving and bereaved, ill and healthy. It is also an insight into palliation as a mixture of teamwork with clinical detective work to find the origins of patients' symptoms in order offer the best possible living conditions towards the end. Mannix argues that with planning, honesty and information, death doesn't have to be either painful or terrifying. With at-times funny, poignant and always wise storytelling about how people die, Mannix has written a book of immense power and importance.

©2017 Kathryn Mannix (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Brilliant

This is a book everyone in our. Modern western ‘culture ‘ should be familiar with.
Yes, the content will make you cry but stick with it, there is safety and truth in the words.
As someone who has the knowledge of a journey soon to end, I am less scared of the destination and separation that transition will enforce.
Thank you for your wisdom.

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If you read only one book this year.....

Joining what I can only imagine is a river (stream is not enough) of fan mail. Thank you for such a brilliant book. I fear I’m not articulate enough to tell you here how much I admire your work, not just the work of your career but also the book.
As I read it I kept thinking of my friends young and old and thinking they should read it too!

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excellent

What made the experience of listening to With the End in Mind the most enjoyable?

I understand the process of death and do not fear it now. Cant recommend this book enough if you love someone who is nearing death or fear it yourself.

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Such an amazing insight read

I recommend to anyone who is intrigued by such a taboo subject in our society. So many things that I learned- read and written with such wisdom and care. Thank you.

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  • A. Cox
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  • 28-02-18

Wonderful Insights

Really enjoyed this book learned a lot from it about being with another human at a difficult time on there life. Nought more difficult than death. I work in dementia I felt a lot of the advice transferable. Would listen to this book again and take notes

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A life affirming book

This book has reminded me to appreciate life and to accept death as a normal part of life, as natural as an olive falling from the tree.

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wonderful book. thank you.

beautifully-read and wonderfully-worded. I loved it. many thanks for putting into words so many of the thoughts that ricochet through my head.