Unlike some memoirs on the topic of death this is not written specifically just to tell one person's death and the effect it has on others. Ann was 37 when she returned home to help care for her 60 year old father who was dying of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Somewhere approaching the center of the book, she got off topic or changed strategies that took away a great deal from the reading experience. First of all, my mom is 86. In a chapter that was particularly eye-opening for me, she looks at death in America's prison system.
Neumann struggled to put her life back in order and found herself haunted by a question: Was her father's death a good death? The book raises a pertinent question for many, particularly for those who live in the U. But the realities introduced by modern medicine and the industries around dying in America have stripped away any possibility for death to be only natural. Thank you as always to Edelweiss and Beacon for letting me read this book a bit early. She has been talking about what a good death I will put a quote here when this book is published. Neumann leads us through the complicated legal, religious, and ethical labyrinths that surround dying in America, revealing the ways by which we measure the value of life.
Neumann is clearly angry about much of what she sees, and it is frightening to think how easily any one of us could become one of those cases. Is there a best way to die? With the diligence of a journalist and the compassion of a caregiver, Neumann provides a portrait of death in the United States that is humane, beautifully written, and essential to our greater understanding of the future of end-of-life care. This question lies at the heart of Neumann's rigorously researched and intimately told journey along the ultimate borderland of American life: American death. Being mortal: Medicine and what matters in the end. Journalist Neumann, a visiting scholar at the New York University Center for Religion and Media, takes an unflinching look at the reality of dying and end-of-life decisions. A larger understanding was necessary: of why we die the way we do today; of the development of medicine and concepts of choice, autonomy, informed consent; of how hospice and hospital cultures were formed and perpetuated; and of what our regard for the dying has become in broader society. Neumann was inspired to write this book after the death of her father and her time spent volunteering for hospices, sitting and interacting with dying people in need of someone to talk with.
Many important topics are discussed to include abortion, death with dignity movements and suicide. The town's tourism thrives on ghost stories, hauntings and remembering the wild viciousness of lawless times. A valuable discussion of the complex issues involved in end-of-life care. But there is a good enough death. Martin chronicles the battle through anecdotes and cases like Sue Rodriguez, Tracy Latimer, Layton Myers, Ruth Bach, Al Purdy, Margaret Lawrence. She becomes a hospice volunteer and works with patients in a variety of settings, coming to recognize the advantages and limitations of the system. She shares her findings about death experience and how the experience differs based on socioeconomic environment -- the wealthy, those in poverty as well as those incarcerated.
Neumann writes eloquently on the struggles of dying in America. She notes how experiences may differ by culture or socioeconomic environment and describes what death looks like for some more hidden from daily culture, but does not offer what a good death might mean outright. By the end, I felt it was a fruitless book with a misleading title and subtitle. She also discusses the legal hurdles to physician assisted suicide and the financial strain of hospice care. Edited by Pascal-Anne Brault and Michael Naas. What The Good Death does well is open a conversation about death, dying, and the community of doctors, legalities, and moralities that surround it.
Author Neumann gives readers plenty to think about. The author explores the complications that arise with hospices in prison. Her discussion of what constitutes a good death or a good enough death is moving, and rather terrifying, but something that it would behoove all of us to think about. The E-mail message field is required. The two main reasons this book only gets two stars: the possibly unintentional but who can be sure anti-Semitism and the blatant ableism. The reader of this book will learn more about many newsworthy people: Terri Schiavo, Cody Curtis the woman featured in the documentary How To Die in Oregon , John Rehm, even prisoners at Guantanamo Bay on hunger strikes, inmates on death row, and other prisoners dying of illness or old age. How is Neumann an authority on death? One man is in prison and being force fed.
. Only one we can hope is good enough. While not prescriptive about how to provide care, at times even noting hospice philosophy as patronizing, Neumann provides a descriptive, moving base of knowledge for beginning to acknowledge the work to be done to improve the quality of dying in America. Neumann forms a strong friendship with a hospice patient who far outlives the six month guideline, and her relationship with the woman and her family helps her come to terms with her father's difficult end. The stories that tend to appear at the national level only because they are public crises of definition or process. Dignity and a good death, just as death itself, continue to be terms that are ill defined.
In The Good Death Ann Neumann examines death in America using her experience as a caregiver for her dying father as the springboard. Reading this book was not fun, but instead informative, upsetting, and interesting. Neumann weaves personal accounts with a historical exploration of the movements and developments that have changed the ways we experience death, and she presents intimate portraits of the nurses, patients, bishops, bioethicists, and activists who are shaping the way we die. Many cases are discussed that have made the headline and are still with us today. If a good death exists, what does it look like? What is does have is an exploration of end of life issues and the humanity of death.
What constitutes a good death is unique to each of us, depending on our age, race, economic status, culture, and beliefs. The Good Death weaves personal accounts with a historical exploration of the movements and developments that have changed the ways we experience death. I release each drop one by one onto the spoon and used the tip of the dropper to push the Ativan in slow circles until it dissolved. They mean that he should have accepted the authority of a medical system that had gone off the rails and the state laws that enforced it—and the machines and constant tests and treatments foisted on him. Neumann interviews a number of people who have particular issues with health care in the United States. From church basements to hospital wards to prison cells, Neumann charts the social, political, religious, and medical landscape to explore how we die today.
Some say patients are giving up, taking the easy way out instead of facing death. She goes on a grotesque exploration of what she thinks are horror stories in bioethics and medical morality while exhibiting no curiosity or compunction whatsoever for atrocities against humanity on mass scales. And in the event of my own death, I want to alleviate those around me of the frustration of ambiguity. Unfortunately, his death wish to die at home with his daughters and hospice helping out were not to be. She attended conferences, academic lectures, and grief sessions in church basements. Her audience was very much so white middle class, middle aged women. It is what adds sweetness to the tears we shed.