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For listeners of Atul Gawande and Paul Kalanithi, a palliative care doctor's breathtaking stories from 30 years spent caring for the dying. 

Modern medical technology is allowing us to live longer and fuller lives than ever before. And for the most part, that is good news. But with changes in the way we understand medicine come changes in the way we understand death. Once a familiar and gentle process, death has come to be something from which we shy away, preferring to fight it desperately than to accept its inevitability. 

Palliative care has a long tradition in Britain, where Dr. Kathryn Mannix has practiced it for 30 years. In this book, she shares beautifully crafted stories from a lifetime of caring for the dying. With insightful meditations on life, death, and the space between them, With the End in Mind describes the possibility of meeting death gently, with forethought and preparation, and shows the unexpected beauty, dignity, and profound humanity of life coming to an end.

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

©2018 Kathryn Mannix (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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Wonderful book!

The subtitle is fine, but it might have added something about interesting people, nuanced relationships, uplifting values, moral uncertainty, and the art of wise communication. The author is an incredibly gifted counselor and storyteller. I intend to recommend this book to law students, as a model for how professionals should help people make their own informed decisions rather than tell them what to do.

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This is my new favorite audiobook!

I’ve been a hospice nurse for over 10 years, and I’ve learned so much from this audiobook. It has reinforced many ideas, feelings, priorities in my life.

If you were in the palliative care industry, there should be a required read. Extremely helpful in understanding all the parties perspectives.

The narration was Captivating, I listened to every word. I finished this book in record time… And loved every moment of it Thank you

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Much Appreciated

I listened to this book on my way home to care for a dying family member. Dr Mannix gently walks you through various situations so that you are more prepared for the journey. Her insight was invaluable as it helped me accept and deal with what lied ahead of me. I have so much more appreciation and respect for doctors, nurses and hospice staff that deal with this on a daily basis. Thank God for wonderful people such as these.

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Fantastic!

I adored this book. As a United Church of Christ minister serving a church in Massachusetts, I appreciate greatly Dr. Mannix's beautiful and thoughtful approach to re-educating us about dying. Her work in palliative care and her writing about it are as much lessons in chaplaincy as medicine. I intend to pilot a book study with my Bible Study group this summer with an eye to an "All Church Read" in the fall. The need to talk about dying, learning about the process of dying, and doing the soul work of dying long before we arrive at the edge of life is critical for human beings living in an age of polarization and disconnection. Thank you, Dr. Mannix! How I would have loved working with you in my days as a nurse! I have lived an arc of caring ministry from ob/gyn nurse to ordained minister with much caring in between. I, too have accompanied both the birthing and the dying and recognized the profound and precious similarities. And I am grateful for every moment. I am a better minister for having read this book!

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Not as heavy as you might think

Absolutely powerful to read and listen to. I had to read this for my class this semester and I purchased the hardcover just to add to my personal collection! Both content and the narration are excellent. It may be helpful to have a set of tissues nearby when reading. Side effects may include a deeper appreciation for the brevity of life, deeper self-compassion, and a willingness to live life a bit more free from the constant hustle and bustle.

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a richunderstanding of the final days

Whether you are seeking to understand dying process or wanting to experience a perspective of one living along those in the final days, this is a great read (listen).

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Excellent

Such a good book all the way around. Highly recommend. I will read anything she writes.

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The most rewarding and worthwhile read

I think I should share this book with everyone I know. It’s chock full of worthwhile knowledge and a natural peaceful approach to death and dying. If you or anyone you know are frightened of death, this book is a wonderful place to start to address those concerns and help your thoughts to be more peaceful and accepting of something we must all face

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Incredibly touching

I loved the stories and tenderness of the lessons she shared. Such a wonderful series of stories and lessons to listen to!

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Phenomenal

So every health care professional absolutely must listen to this and I highly recommend that everyone make time to listen to this. We need to talk and think about death and dying more, to not shy away from it in our day to day lives.