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Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them)
Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them): A Practical Perspective on Death and Dying | Sallie Tisdale
A straightforward, wise, and humorous narrative field guide for both the dying and those who love them by an author who brings a unique set of qualifications to this delicate subjectshe's a Pushcart Prize-winning writer, a palliative care nurse with more than ten years of experience, and a lifelong Buddhist. If you don't plan, you're only limiting your options. We do not know when we will die. We may see it coming from far away, or all at once. But I will die and you will die. You believe that, don't you? You get ready to die the way you get ready for a trip. Start by realizing you don't know the way. Read a few travel guides. Study the language, look at maps, gather equipment. Let yourself imagine what it will be like. Pack your bags. This book is one of those travel guidesa guide to preparing for your own death and the deaths of people close to you. The fact of death is hard to believe. Sallie Tisdale explores our fears and all the ways death and talking about death make us uncomfortablebut she also explores its intimacies and joys. Tisdale looks at grief, what the last days and hours of life are like, and what happens to dead bodies. Advice for Future Corpses includes exercises designed to make you think differently about the inevitable. She includes practical advice, personal experience, a little Buddhist philosophy, and stories. But this isn't a book of inspiration or spiritual adviceAdvice for Future Corpses is about how you can get ready. Start by admitting that we are all future corpses.
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Despite the title saying practical, past experiences had me thinking it would be more philosophical, but much of it was very practically based in supporting a dying person. I'm not currently in this situation, but glad I read it now with a clear head & can keep as reference material. Now to sit down with my husband & make clear death plans. I thought I had a clear idea & people around me would know my thoughts/intentions...(continued in comments)

CuriousG ...but now I know better. A power of attorney for personal care, and generally stating to your loved ones what you might want, is still not enough if you truly want those around you to have a solid understanding of what medical interventions/treatments/quality of life measures you do/don't want. This book has solid Appendices to help you develop a death plan though. Excellent resource! 10mo
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I'm posting one book per day from the ever growing unread stacks in my personal library. No description or explanation, just books I own and plan to read. #tbr

Day 23

EvieBee Lol! I feel like I need this in my life at the moment. 2y
CuriousG @EvieBee I'm a little morbid and I just loved the title so much I had to buy it. Should probably get around to reading it before I become a corpse. 😄 2y
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A beautifully written book that explores our perceptions of and traditions around death and dying.

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A light bit of reading 😬 Here's the thing: death scares me. And the recent passing of my stepfather has shaken us. It's easy to think we have all the time in the world to do the stuff we want. But, we just don't. So, instead of planning to do things next year/ next month/next week, do them today 🙋

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Just started this yesterday. Very different from what I normally read but quite interesting!