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The Art of Dying Well

A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life
Narrated by: Katy Butler
Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Medicine
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An inspiring, informative, and practical guide to navigating end-of-life issues, by a groundbreaking expert in the field and the New York Times best-selling author of Knocking on Heaven’s Door

In the mid-1400s, an unnamed Catholic monk composed a popular self-help book called Ars Moriendi, or The Art of Dying. Written in Latin, this medieval death manual taught people how to navigate the trials of the deathbed using simple rituals of repentance, reassurance, and letting go. 

Best-selling author and award-winning journalist Katy Butler argues that we have lost touch with the “art of dying” as practiced by our ancestors, yet we still hunger for rites of passage and a sense of the sacred, especially in the important life transitions of aging and dying. Butler has lectured at medical schools and spoken with community and caregiving organizations across the country. Here she reveals what she has learned about dying in America today - and how to have a better end of life. 

We are coping with a medical system in disarray in its approach to people who are aging, dying, or chronically ill. Butler argues it's not about living as long as possible, it's about living as well as possible. Not only does our current system poorly serve our medical needs, it also crowds out any sense of the sacred. It’s time to restore a sense of ​honor​, and through exploring the stages of later life, sharing “good death” stories, as well as offering practical takeaways, The Art of Dying Well illuminates a path to a better end of life. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2019 Katy Butler (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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  • jeryl miller
  • 25-02-19

A Must Read Well in Advance of Life’s Inevitable Decline

I just experienced up close one of my best friends decline and passing from multiple myeloma. A seven year process. The last six months my friend suffered immensely. His spouse and adult children were not prepared with a proactive plan. This book contains the wisdom that could have alleviated most of his suffering. I now feel I have the information and approach to build a clear plan for myself and will share this book with my aging parents, and wife and children.

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  • John Tangney
  • 04-09-19

Sad yet uplifting

This is about dying. Dying is sad. I cried a lot. But there is so much wisdom, especially in the first third of the book, about that whole part that comes before death — LIFE! I am truly inspired to live my life fully, because of this book.

But the main thrust of this book is that the US medical industry is messed up, and if you want to die well, you’ll need to fight for the privilege.

I strongly recommend this book for anyone who will die someday, or knows someone close who will die.

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  • Todd L. Jones
  • 04-09-19

Tough Topic done very well

My son recommended this book to my wife and I. When I started the book I wasn't sure what I thought. However, my mother-in-law became ill and passed away while Iwas reading it. This book was cathartic as well as thought provoking.

I truly recommend this to everyone if you are ready to talk about you mortality and you death.

Great book.

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  • Rebecca Myer
  • 15-07-19

Book for everyone over 50 or who has parents!

Katy Butler deals thoughtfully and thoroughly with a subject very few of us are willing or able to address: death. She emphasizes that this process requires planning and conversations and that it is never too early to start talking. The chapters are full of practical advise and resources for all stages from resilience (typically starting in the 50's) to active dying and how to identify which stage you are in.

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  • Susan Pease Gadoua
  • 09-07-19

Good Read For Everyone

I am not dying (at least, not imminently!), nor do I have a loved-one at death's door, but this book was amazing and kept my interest the whole way through. Katy Butler has done very thorough research and shares some very helpful information and case studies in order to have the best death possible.

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  • Victoria Shumate
  • 06-07-19

I am a daughter of a parent at the end of life.

my parent is at the end of life and this book gave some great information

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  • S. Lawson
  • 29-03-19

Read Now Even If You Don't Think It's TIme

An absolutely beautiful well written book on dying and living well until we get to that point. An important read for anyone at any time of life.

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  • LOC
  • 08-03-19

It’s About Living

Thank you, Katy, for this useful, insightful and needed book about living into dying well. The stories were heart warming and sometimes heart wrenching. The information invaluable.

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  • Carol C.
  • 07-03-19

a peaceful death

This is an important book for everyone who desires a peaceful death for themselves & loved ones to read!

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  • Westforkcreek
  • 01-03-19

Patients, Caregivers and Physicians should read

Her first book was magnificent. This one even more important to people, wherever they are on the journey toward death.