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Four simple phrases - "Please forgive me", "I forgive you", "Thank you", and "I love you" - carry enormous power to mend and nurture our relationships and inner lives. These four phrases and the sentiments they convey provide a path to emotional well-being, guiding us through interpersonal difficulties to life with integrity and grace.

Dr. Ira Byock, an international leader in palliative care, explains how we can practice these life-affirming words in our day-to-day lives. Too often we assume that the people we love really know that we love them. Dr. Byock demonstrates the value of "stating the obvious" and provides practical insights into the benefits of letting go of old grudges and toxic emotions. His stories help us to forgive, appreciate, love, and celebrate one another and live life more fully.

Using the Four Things in a wide range of life situations, we can experience emotional healing even in the wake of family strife, personal tragedy, divorce, or in the face of death. With practical wisdom and spiritual power, The Four Things That Matter Most gives us the language and guidance to honor and experience what really matters most in our lives every day.

©2014 Ira Byock, MD (P)2017 Tantor

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A must read

I Have this book in print but really didn’t have much time to read it so decided to get the audio version and I’m happy I did. At first I was a little put off by the narrators voice I slowed it down to .8 (I love this audible feature!) and became acclimated after time as it did not sound at all like the author’s inflection at 100%, too rushed.

I work in hospice so this was a moving read for me on many levels, both professionally and personally. The stories really help to put this in context as the formula is a pretty straightforward and simple one. I look forward to reading more of Ira Byock’s books. Thank you!

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All of us will one day be faced with our goodbyes.

For all caregivers, the medical community, the nursing home workers and especially Hospice .
For husband's, wives, children, grandchildren.
For significant others, close friends.
Now is the time to say the four things that matter.

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A great Reflection on current relationships

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All the stories that help us to know that we aren't alone in our suffering.

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A Must Have

Aide yourself and other who are experiencing anticipatory grief. Great tool to have in your praxis or toolbox as a doctor, therapist or even a pastor / chaplain. Highly recommended!