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You get ready to die the way you get ready for a trip. Start by realizing you don't know the way. Listen to a few travel guides. Study the language, look at maps, gather equipment. Let yourself imagine what it will be like. Pack your bags. This book is one of those travel guides - a guide to preparing for your own death and the deaths of people close to you. 

The fact of death is hard to believe. Sallie Tisdale explores our fears and all the ways death and talking about death make us uncomfortable - but she also explores its intimacies and joys. Tisdale looks at grief, what the last days and hours of life are like, and what happens to dead bodies. Advice for Future Corpses includes exercises designed to make you think differently about the inevitable. She includes practical advice, personal experience, a little Buddhist philosophy, and stories. 

But this isn't a book of inspiration or spiritual advice - Advice for Future Corpses is about how you can get ready. Start by admitting that we are all future corpses.

©2018 Sallie Tisdale (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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My dad died. I'll die. You'll die. READ THIS BOOK.

Gabra Zackman is fantastic, as per usual.

This book may now be something I buy for everyone who I love. And I'm not even sure if I'm worried about freaking them out.

It's that important.

It is also an amazing companion to Megan Devine's stellar, honest, no-BS grief work in "It's OK That You're Not OK."

Everyone will (almost certainly) need the information in both of these books. We cannot make illness, death, or grief easy, but we can take actions and have conversations that can provide us, and those we cherish, some measure of ease.

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a must read for nurse

I have just finished reading this and will read it again. I was so thankful someone wrote about this with such frankness and also so caringly. I have been a NICH nurse for 15 years and deal with death often. thank you for this book. I will be sharing it with everyone.

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Philosophical meditation enfolds really useful advice

This book manages to be both gorgeous, and practical. In excellent read for anyone who is caring for someone who is dying. But, because the dying process will affect all of us, in a myriad of ways, it is a good read at any time.

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Interesting, but not amazing

I appreciate the authors perspective on death -- the first 2/3 of the book were pretty good, but I started to lose interest after that. That said, I do recommend it to someone who is caring for a loved one who is dying.