The Amateur's Guide to Death and Dying: Enhancing the End of Life
by Richard Wagner, Ph.D, ACS
Paperback: 352 pages
Thousands of people will receive a devastating medical diagnosis this year. And
for most, what follows is a nightmare of anger, shame, loneliness and passivity.
Instead of being encouraged to take a lead role in orchestrating their finales,
they are expected to wait patiently for the curtain to fall. The Amateur’s Guide
is on the cutting edge of death and dying work. It provides an opportunity to
break free from the painful silence our culture imposes on death talk. Whether
filling out a durable power of attorney form, completing a death anxiety survey
or personally designing a unique end-of-life plan, you will be totally involved
and engaged. This unique seminar/support group format exposes you to a myriad of
life situations and moral dilemmas that arise as one faces his/her mortality
head on. Learn from and with people just like you. Ten diverse fictional
characters provide essential role models for enhancing life near death.
Additionally, six presenters, experts in their field, offer timely advice to
help make the end of life less intimidating and more of a rich, poignant
transition. This is about achieving a good and wise death in the context of real
dying, with all its unpredictability, disfigurement, pain, and sorrow. This
workbook is primarily for those currently facing their mortality. But concerned
family and friends, healing and helping professionals, lawyers, clergy,
teachers, students, and those grieving a death will all benefit from joining in.
Because, as we all know, none of us is getting out of here alive.