In the Midst of Life: Is There Such a Thing as a Good Death?

In the Midst of Life: Is There Such a Thing as a Good Death?

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By (author) Jennifer Worth

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Jennifer Worth's bestselling memoirs of her time as a midwife have inspired and moved readers of all ages. Now, in IN THE MIDST OF LIFE she documents her experiences as a nurse and ward sister, treating patients who were nearing the end of their lives. Interspersed with these stories from Jennifer's post-midwife career are the histories of her patients, from the family divided by a decision nobody could bear to make, to the mother who comes to her son's adopted country and joins his family without being able to speak a word of English. IN THE MIDST OF LIFE also gives moving insights not just into Jennifer's life and career, but also of a period of time which seems very different to today's, fast-paced world.

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Jennifer Worth trained as a nurse at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, and was later ward sister at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital in London, then the Marie Curie Hospital, also in London. Music had always been her passion, and in 1973 she left nursing in order to study music intensively, teaching piano and singing for about twenty-five years. Jennifer died in May 2011 after a short illness, leaving her husband Philip, two daughters and three grandchildren. Her books have all been bestsellers.

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By karen Beaumont 24 Oct 2011 5

Wonderful book which affirms my belief that at certain times to prolong life at any cost is so wrong, modern medicine has come on so much but somewhere along the line good old common sense needs to prevail, well worth reading this, its not all gloom and doom which is what you may think when you read the question on the front cover is there such a thing as a good death? I know one thing for sure when I get to the age where I have had enough of this earthly plane I will make sure that I have D N R on my notes, not ready for that yet though!

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'Few readers will fail to be moved by her stories, which are artfully used to examine some of the genuine societal dilemmas death presents, and to point up the ill effects that flow from the mixture of embarassment, denial and avoidance with which we surround it.' TLS 'This is a taboo subject and makes absolutely gripping reading because it is one that, whether we like it or not, is going to matter enormously to each and every one of us.' GOOD BOOK GUIDE