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by Stephen P. Kiernan


Last Rights: Rescuing th. .has been added to your Cart. With an uncommon mix of stories and scholarship, Stephen Kiernan has described the challenges that remain at life's end, despite efforts to reform care over the past few decades.

Last Rights: Rescuing th. With candor, clarity, and an advocate's sense of urgency, he seeks to understand why our acute-care system has been so resistant to change and how we can infuse greater humanity to life's final chapter.

Kiernan's Last Rites is to end-of-life care today what Nader's Unsafe at Any Speed was to car safety in the 1960s. I recommend this book HIGHLY if you are facing a similar situation. The constant focus is on Quality of life and comfort during one's last days, just what my father wanted!

Kiernan's Last Rites is to end-of-life care today what Nader's Unsafe at Any Speed was to car safety in the 1960s. This is one book that America must read!"--Ira Byock, . Professor of Palliative Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School, and author of Dying Well and The Four Things That Matter Most.

In Last Rights, Stephen Kiernan reveals the disconnect between how patients want to live the end of life-pain free, functioning mentally and physically, surrounded by family and friends-and how the medical system continues to treat the dying-with extreme interventions, at immense cost, and with little regard to pain, human comforts, or even the stated. wishes of patients and families.

Last Rights: Rescuing the End of Life from the Medical System. by Stephen P. Kiernan. In Last Rights, Stephen Kiernan reveals the disconnect between how patients want to live the end of life-pain free, functioning mentally and physically, surrounded by family and friends-and how the medical system continues to treat the dying-with extreme interventions, at immense cost, and with little regard to pain, human comforts, or even the stated wishes of patients and families.

In Last Rights, Stephen Kiernan reveals the disconnect between how patients want to live the end of life-pain . Stephen P. Kiernan is a writer and journalist for the Burlington Free Press. He is the author of The Curiosity, Last Rights and Authentic Patriotism.

In Last Rights, Stephen Kiernan reveals the disconnect between how patients want to live the end of life-pain free, functioning mentally and physically, surrounded by family and friends-and how the medical system continues to treat the dying-with extreme interventions, at immense cost, and with little regard to pain, human comforts, or even the stated wishes of patients and families.

His nonfiction books are LAST RIGHTS and AUTHENTIC PATRIOTISM. Publication of LAST RIGHTS - Rescuing the End of Life from the Medical System. In early 2020, look for UNIVERSE OF TWO. This page is about Stephen's books and speaking, as well as what he's reading and what his readers have to say. Gender. PagesPublic figureAuthorStephen P. KiernanAbout.

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by Stephen P. In both scope and depth Mr. Kiernan has spoken the truth. He has not embellished, exaggerated or dramatized any detail of his book. Select Format: Hardcover. About What We All Know Is Going to Happen. com User, February 16, 2007.

It would be tempting to approach Stephen Kiernan's latest book, Last Rights: Rescuing the End of Life . Last Rights is divided into seven parts.

It would be tempting to approach Stephen Kiernan's latest book, Last Rights: Rescuing the End of Life from the Medical System, as a modern-day example of the muckraking genre. In part one, Kiernan explains that today people often take longer to die than in the past and argues that hospice and palliative care must accordingly become more viable options.

"Gripping…A superb resource for boomers dealing with their parents' final days…as well as for health-care professionals who need to hear this story from the other side."

--Kirkus Reviews

With advances in medicine, technology, and daily diet and exercise practices, Americans are living longer than ever before. We have an unprecedented opportunity for meaningful closure – free of pain, among loved ones, with our affairs in order and spiritual calm attained. Instead, most of us discover that our doctor has minimal training in providing end-of-life care, and will seek to extend life no matter how painful, expensive and futile that effort might be.

In Last Rights, award-winning journalist Stephen P. Kiernan shows how patients and families can regain control of the dying process, creating familial intimacy like never before. Bolstered by both scientific research and intimate portraits of people from all walks of life, Last Rights offers a hopeful, profound vision for patients, doctors, and families: a way to honor people during their greatest vulnerability, a chance for families to reconnect, an opportunity for the medical system to treat patients with ultimate respect, a time to give comfort and compassion to those we most love.

VAZGINO
You've gotta' read this one. Seriously. This is an absolutely amazing book that every American should read. It's should be on the required reading list at every institution of learning and copies should be sent out through the mail right along with the Penny Savers and Clearinghouse Sweepstake mailings.

I gained many insights from this book, including the following: How to tell if you are dying, that you are allowed to "Just say NO" to any medical procedure, under what circumstances it's a good idea to just say NO...both for yourself and for your loved ones.

Stephen P. Kiernan, I salute you!
Rose Of Winds
A map to the confusing landscape of America's relationship to death, especially within medicine. When I began researching my own book, "Last Rights" gave me an overview and helped me understand how "lifesaving" new medical technologies distorted our hopes, wishes and fantasies at the end of life, creating moral dilemmas for which neither we nor our doctors have any meaningful language. Highly recommended.
WtePSeLNaGAyko
This is a "Must Read" for everyone! As an R.N with 32 years experience (12 yrs critical care & 7 yrs In-Patient Hospice) it is my privilege to endorse this book. Mr. Kiernan has clearly and accurately documented what is a reality that will ultimately affect every single one of us. In both scope and depth Mr. Kiernan has spoken the truth. He has not embellished, exaggerated or dramatized any detail of his book. Every human being deserves to die in peace (spiritual and emotional) and free from pain. This is a goal which is attainable but I can assure you that your chances of experiencing this are not good in any of today's modern acute care hospitals or nursing homes. (There are always exceptions). Hospice care is the only option and that is primarily because hospice is not a place but a philosophy of care. All physicians can manage the care of an acutely ill person but only a few physicians are qualified to manage your care if you are dying because the vast majority of physicians do not recognize or they refuse to accept that there is a difference. Please read this book. It could be one of the most important things you ever do both for yourself and for those whom you love.

Barb Lyons, R.N.
Yozshujind
Very important book. A must read. This prompted a sit down with my brother and parents to discuss end of life issues. A mix of stories, some of which made me tear up, and factual, technical info on how doctors and hospitals treat the end of life and what the alternatives are.
FireWater
Excellant book. We're ALL going to be there someday, so being educated on the subject.
Sirara
There is a great human risk and a huge financial cost to ignoring Kiernan's well-researched, articulate message. We must engage our families, friends and co-workers in this conversation about death; we must honor choices made before the end is upon us. Paying deliberate attention to what we pay for in our health care system at the end of life puts the debate squarely back course - humane, conscientious treatment that could save billions. Make this book required reading for all companies hoping to do right by their employees and their families - if they want to continue offering the benefit. Companies pay the bulk of the health care costs with no say in what's being paid for or why. Palliative end of life care options are the right things to do.
Ballagar
This book was just what was needed to reassure our family that our decision for Hospice care was the right course for our elderly parent's end of life. It contained so many good suggestions that we were able to act upon. It helped us all cope with our loss, both before and after the actual death.

I recommend this book HIGHLY if you are facing a similar situation. The constant focus is on Quality of life and comfort during one's last days, just what my father wanted! Very reassuring!
most people of mature years are loathe to think of what their final weeks or months are likely to be like. This book puts many of these issues in perspective, and I would put it in the category of "required reading" for everyone over fifty. The author has rich experience of dealing with people who either were reasonably well prepared for their last days, or were not prepared at all. This book can help put you in the right category...
Last Rights: Rescuing the End of Life from the Medical System ebook
Author:
Stephen P. Kiernan
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St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (December 10, 2007)
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