AT PEACE: CHOOSING A GOOD DEATH AFTER A LONG LIFE

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 The end of life is unpredictable. Difficult choices are inevitable.

This book offers a path and a story that guides the reader through this maze of problems.

In At Peace, the author weaves together the chronology of his parents’ declines and deaths with anecdotes and examples from more than 30 years of medical practice to illustrate several principles behind choosing a better death at an advanced age. These include creating a vision of where and how death would be most tolerable; understanding one’s disease trajectory and prognosis; communicating with family and friends; and, accepting the inevitable in order to avoid painful yet futile treatments and (if not desirable) prolonged debility.

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SAM HARRINGTON, MD

As the American health care system evolved around him,  becoming increasingly complex and increasingly commercialized, Sam  became interested in end-of-life issues. Acting as a consultant  on many patients in emergency rooms and intensive care units, he saw  too many elderly patients receiving complicated medical care that all  too frequently proved futile. As a result, he developed a passion for  protecting elderly patients from ineffective, excessive, and  inappropriate care.

The aging of his parents, and their eventual decline, further  inspired his end-of-life interests, and he worked with his family to  help his parents realize their personal vision of dying peacefully at  home.

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