Blog Tour and Giveaway: Dying Made Easy(er) by Myra Bennett
Book Title: Dying Made Easy(er): Creating Your Happy Ending by Myra Bennett
Category: Adult non-fiction (18 +), 270 pages
Genre: Self help
Publisher: Balboa Press
Release date: June 2019
Format available for review: print, ebook (mobi file for Kindle), epub, pdf
Will send print books out: USA
Tour dates: Sept 16 to Sept 27, 2019
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (My book discusses death and dying)
Stories of American prowess in technology and medicine abound. And while these achievements have extended the lives of patients, they have not always extended the quality of those lives. As the older population in America skyrockets, more and more people who have received a terminal diagnosis, as well as those who love them, must grapple with the devastating decision of how they will forestall--or face--death. In Dying Made Easy(er) by Myra Bennett, we are guided through the diverse phases and considerations of the end of life by an experienced traveler who's spent many hours "as a guest in the sacred place of the dying." Bennett, a hospice nurse and certified end of life doula, who has also grappled with death in her personal life, invites us to contemplate dying from many different angles: legal, social, physical, psychological, and spiritual. Her Dying Made Easy(er) is both a handbook of pertinent information and a medley of informed suggestions for us to consider when experiencing or sharing the phenomenon that is the end of life. Bennett believes it is imperative that we--as a community--are aware of how to find help when faced with death and dying. In Dying Made Easy(er), she provides the resources to address this pressing need.
Bennett, who is the co-founder of Compassionate Crossings in Sacramento, has seen it all. She's witnessed the dying process unfold in beautiful ways, with gifts for all involved, and she's seen it devolve into a series of anguished mishaps that leave the family praying for an early transition. As there are no opportunities for rehearsals or do-overs, Bennett is committed to helping us better understand dying as the last--but not the least--chapter of life, and to helping us dream what this chapter might look like. In her warm and wise book, we learn how to turn this dream into a personal reality that will meet not only our deep-felt needs and desires but also those of our family and loved ones.
Meet the author: Myra has been a student of death and dying since she experienced the loss of her husband in 2001. The years that would follow saw the loss of many friends and family as well, which gave her life experiences she would later use to care for patients as a hospice nurse at a large national hospice agency. Today Myra is a certified end of life doula at Compassionate Crossings in Sacramento where she not only guides and supports terminally ill persons and their families, she also speaks and educates on all subjects related to death and dying.
Dying Made Easy(er): Creating Your Happy Ending is not really a comfortable book to read, but yet a very important and informative one. It has quite a bit of great advice and information for everyone who wants and / or needs to be prepared for the inevitable of eventually passing away. It is never too late to plan for the future.
Dying Made Easy(er) Creating Your Happy Ending has thirteen chapters full of tips and thoughts of what one can do. These chapters include:
1.Estate Planning and Advance Healthcare Directives
2.Even Terminal Conditions Have Treatment Options
3.When To Throw In The Towel
6.Getting More Help With Care
7.As The Dying Person Sees It
8.From The Survivor’s Perspective
9.How A Body Dies
10.Beyond The Body
11.Your Dying Place
12.Funerals Are For The Living
The chapters are pretty short at just under 20 pages to almost 30. Following each chapter, there is a “Thoughts & Reflections” page that one can fill out. At the end of the book, there is a To Do Checklist, Glossary and other Resources.
I give Dying Made Easy(er): Creating Your Happy Ending five stars. I think everyone should pick up this book and start planning for the future. I believe it is very important to do so for myself and my loved ones. I highly recommend this book. I plan on keeping it on hand as I plan my family’s future.
I received this book from the author, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.