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A Beginner's Guide to the End

Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death
Narrated by: BJ Miller, Shoshana Berger
Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
Categories: Self Development, How-To
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The first-ever practical, compassionate, and comprehensive guide to dying - and living fully until you do.

“There is nothing wrong with you for dying,” palliative care Doctor BJ Miller and Shoshana Berger write in A Beginner’s Guide to the End. “Our ultimate purpose here isn’t so much to help you die as it is to free up as much life as possible until you do.”

Theirs is a clear-eyed and big-hearted action plan for approaching the end of life, created to help listeners feel more in control of an experience that so often seems anything but. Their audiobook offers everything from step-by-step instructions for how to do your paperwork and navigate the health-care system to answers to questions you might be afraid to ask your doctor, like whether or not sex is still okay when you’re sick. You’ll be walked through how to break the news to your employer, whether to share old secrets with your family, how to face friends who might not be as empathetic as you’d hoped, and how to talk to your children about your will. (Don’t worry: If anyone gets snippy, it’ll likely be their spouses, not them.) There are also lessons for survivors, like how to shut down a loved one’s social media accounts, clean out the house, and write a great eulogy.

An honest, surprising, and detailed-oriented guide to the most universal of all experiences, A Beginner’s Guide to the End is the one audiobook that everyone needs.

©2019 Dr. BJ Miller and Shoshana Berger (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Essential reading wiithout exception

i practiced hospital based medicine for thirty years. This is the book I wish had been available to me. i read it to screen before offering it to my family as my sister manages her cancer. I found more peace and comfort in these chapters and pages than all of my professional experiences combined. There is not one thing written that is disagreeable or even challenging to accept. If you or someone you know finds that death- at any pace or for any reason, then this book is for you. it will simultaneously comfort, guide, inform and support you without stepping on any of the near infinite numbers of sensitivities that exist.

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touching and informative

a must read for those with a dying individual in their life. however, the swtich between the two writers in the reading can be a bit disruptive. The two authors would switch speaking in the middle of the chapters which could be a bit jarring. if they would switch between chapters that would be quite more logical

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Factual, practical & clear

I hope I will dont need this book soon. But its good to organize, simplify and review your stuff, values and legacy often for living a good life, not just before death. Reminding oneself about death can clean out unecessary ruminations and what really matters can stand out. If you cant see it anyway, maybe a good psychotherapy can help you sort your thoughts (and sometimes bringing your consiousness from head to body can do the same). Some practical advice (legal and health insurance) is suited for Americas health system, so its not tell you much if you are from Europe for example (yet it can lead to gratitude for our health system if you are not from USA...). For me, most valuable part is that about fear of death aka mother of all fears. I don't that much fear dyings as I have a problem with being dead since I can't imagine it, maybe I also fear some brain injury or dementia (again because it hard to imagine, hard to grasp with reason). I authors cites Buddhists and stoics: coming close to a truth is always accompanied by fear (that gives me meaning in death) and peace was before your birth and will be after your death - and it's regardless if you're ateist or believer in some sort of way (that gives me comfort) - I am simplyfiyng here, but I gues everyone have some belief more or less.