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In the Midst of Life
Is There Such a Thing as a Good Death?
by Jennifer Worth
Publisher:Weidenfeld & Nicolson from Gardners Books
A disturbing and thought provoking book on a subject which should be of deep concern to Christians and non-Christians alike. Did you know that a Doctor cannot sign a death certificate saying that you died of old age? That even a ninety-nine year old who dies in hospital will possibly suffer a resuscitation attempt and probably have an autopsy to discover the cause of death? We are not allowed to just ‘wear out.’ Pray that you die in a Hospice where a patient is allowed to die in peace surrounded by loving care. Hospital death can be a violent affair, medical staff feel compelled by the fear of prosecution to prolong life at whatever cost to the patient.
Jennifer Worth has a light touch to her writing that keeps you reading despite the scenes she describes; reminisces about cases she encountered while she was nursing, and others such as her Mother’s death. She left the Nursing profession to pursue a musical and writing career but still retains a keen interest in the subject of death and dying. The appendices at the end of the book are written by professionals, sympathetic to the purpose of this book. The suggestions for further reading are extensive and sources are given for further information and the glossary is helpful with legal and medical terms.
Reviewer: Mary Bartholomew (10/06/11)