Review by: Monica Tenney, Congregational Libraries Today - September 1, 2014
Miller advises readers on advance directives that make one's wishes known in the event of incapacity. He advocates regular family discussions that make one's wishes clear and will enable loved ones to resist heroic measures by medical specialists who, in accordance with their training, try to persuade families to keep an elderly patient alive in spite of the inevitable.
Miller includes a checklist for planners, examples of common real-life dilemmas, an appendix with medical abbreviations and definitions, a list of suggested resources, and an index.
Living Thoughtfully, Dying Well is an outstanding resource.
Review by: Joseph Martin, professor of neurobiology and emeritus dean, Harvard Medical School - January 14, 2014
“This book will be the standard vehicle for informing others about end-of-life measures.”
Review by: Douglas Smucker, hospice and palliative medicine fellowship, The Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio - January 14, 2014
“An extraordinarily personal reflection on ways that thoughtful preparation for a good death can be part of a life well-lived, and a gift of love to one’s family.”
Review by: Father Killian McDonnell, Benedictine monk, founder of the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research - January 14, 2014
“Very useful in facilitating discussions with families who are confronting the death of a loved one.”
Review by: Ruth Lapp Guengerich, mental health counselor and codirector of Mennonite Women USA - January 14, 2014
“Poignant stories—a must-read for families and church communities.”
Review by: Kathleen Rempel Boschman, manager of spiritual care, Concordia Hospital, Winnipeg, Manitoba - January 14, 2014
“Excellent book illustrating both the benefits and the burdens of treatment options…will help navigate healthcare options with greater knowledge, courage, and peace.”
Review by: Joseph Longacher, past president of Mennonite Medical Association and past president of medical staff at Henrico Doctors Hospital, Richmond, Virginia - January 14, 2014
“In a world where the reality of death may be denied, or resisted through futile and expensive effort, we need a book that provides a realistic and healthy perspective on this universal experience. Dr. Glen Miller has written that book.”