Death is the best part of life

Die as part of life

Springer book Provision and support for the end of life shows how everyone can find an appropriate way to deal with dying | Advice not only for the seriously ill and their relatives | Information on outpatient and inpatient palliative care facilities and hospice services

Heidelberg, December 02, 2014

Birth and death are an integral part of life. In the past, people almost always died at home in the close circle of their families, the deceased was said to be farewell step by step through the wake, and there was always a period of mourning after the funeral. As a result, all family members deal with death as a matter of course. Modern society prefers to distance itself from dying and death; people today like to suppress everything that has to do with incurable illness and the end of life. As a result, uncertainty or fears inevitably arise - for those affected and their relatives. But what is right or wrong when it comes to providing the best possible end-of-life care? What steps should everyone take as a precaution - that is, in times of excellent health? And how do you determine together with your relatives what the path to the end of your life should look like? Thomas Sitte addresses all of these questions in the recently published Springer book Provision and support for the end of life.

“It is not surprising to me that the book market has countless guides for a happy birth in store; on the other hand, those interested can hardly find reading for the end of life, ”states Thomas Sitte. He continues: “Even if modern humans of course much prefer to deal with the pleasant aspects of life, they should not ignore the fact that none of us can avoid the process of dying. So why don't we deal with the active control of our last phases of life in good time? We should give our personal environment clear ideas about our dying ”, demands the palliative care specialist. In his recently published guide, four people stand for four different life and disease courses. On the basis of their examples, the expert shows in an understandable and empathetic way how each individual can make the best possible provision for their own end of life or that of their relatives, for example by means of health care proxy, care and living wills. He explains the methods with which sick people get through times of uncertainty as long as the severity of the disease is not yet known. And it describes how symptoms that can occur in the course of a serious illness, such as pain, shortness of breath, fears or bedsores, can be effectively treated. When the curative - that is, the healing therapy - reaches its limits, the personal environment should already know what the path to the end of one's life should look like. How can modern medical apparatus and palliative medicine support the dying in the last few months and weeks and how can the waiting for death be endured at all? How can the bereaved find advice and consolation in the time afterwards, which is characterized by sadness, loneliness and memories? The guide provides answers to these questions.
In this context, custom also discusses topics such as "assisted suicide", letting people die and suicide.

Thomas Sitte is a specialist in anesthesiology and palliative medicine and special pain therapy. As chairman of the German Palliative Foundation, the renowned expert is committed to expanding palliative and hospice care in the sense of dignified dying without unnecessary suffering and pain. As a palliative care specialist, he accompanied so many hundreds of people in Germany to their death.

Thomas custom
Provision and support for the end of life
2015, 218 p., 30 illustrations, 29 of which in color
Softcover € 19.99 (D) | € 20.55 (A) | CHF 25.00 (CH)
ISBN 978-3-662-44346-0
Also available as an eBook

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