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Death With Dignity
Hospice and Home Care
Seeking The Good Death
By Michael Vitez
Published by Camino Books, Inc.
Publication date: February, 1998
ISBN: 0940159430 (soft cover)
Michael Vitez won the Pulitzer Prize in 1997 for his Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper series "Final Choices: Seeking the Good Death". Vitez then reworked the material into a short book form.
Intended for a general audience, the book helps health care consumers examine tough choices in medical care, hospice alternatives, home care, assisted suicide, and related issues.
Vitez' goal is to help his readers examine their own ideas regarding death and make informed choices about care options. It tries to make death a less mysterious and frightening experience by giving people more sense of control over how and where they die.
Arthur Caplan of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania says of this book:
"Those who want to make dying better could not do
better than to carefully listen to the voices of patients
and families who have experienced dying as it now is
in the American hospital. By meeting the people Mike
Vitez writes about... little will happen to make death
less of a mystery but much can be learned about how to
solve the mystery of making dying more humane and
Table of Contents
- 1. Learning how and when to let go
- 2. Going home to die, with hospice care to help
- 3. Taking care of relatives at home: the burden
- 4. Deciding to die with a doctor's help
- 5. Finding more ways to stay independent longer
- Where to get information
- Area hospice care
- Living wills and medical powers of attorney
- Resource guides
- Internet web sites