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Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them)

A Practical Perspective on Death and Dying
Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, Philosophy
4.5 out of 5 stars (72 ratings)

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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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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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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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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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I thought I had more time...

I started this book while my dad was in the hospital dealing with complications from oral cancer. We were told he had two months, and I started listening to this book. Not even a week later, he was gone. Everything my mom and I experienced with my dad’s illness and death was something we had never had to deal with. I didn’t know how to process what was happening. Listening to this helped me. It helped me deal with my feelings and helped me to have patience and understanding. Nothing helps the pain, but I will say that this book truly helped me process what was happening during a very difficult time. I downloaded this book on a whim at a hotel during one of my dad’s many hospital stays. I am so glad I did. Thank you for writing this book.

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Very worthwhile contemplations on mortality

Thoughtful and thought provoking discussion about life, death, and choices. Nonjudgmental and nondenominational, though informed by Buddhist thought. Sage advice throughout. Well worth relistening. Several appendices make me think I might want the print copy too.

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We Croak

This is a compassionate but no nonsense very practical guide to dealing with death, yours and other people’s. It’s full of practical do’s and don’t s .
We’re dealing with three dying family members right now. After listening to this book a number of times we now have tools and techniques to help us through. You need to read this.

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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.