Book review: With the End in Mind

Palliative care clinical nurse specialist Claire Windsor reviews a text that aims to tackle the taboo around dying
With the End in Mind

With the End in Mind – Dying, Death, and Wisdom in an Age of Denial

Kathryn Mannix Harper Collins £16.99 hardback | 352pp ISBN: 9780008210885

What a wonderful read. The book is written with the general public in mind, in an attempt to decrease the taboo around death and dying and to reclaim public understanding of death. However, I feel this is a must-read for any healthcare professional who may encounter a patient nearing the end of their life.

The author explains very eloquently the natural dying process and how to recognise this. These are very welcome skills for healthcare professionals who do not specialise in palliative care as there can sometimes be a tendency to over-treat a dying person, particularly in an acute setting. The book also covers the important topic of advance care planning, encouraging conversations about people’s priorities and wishes for


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