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Hard Choices for Loving people

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Hard Choices for Loving People: CPR, Feeding Tubes, Palliative Care, Comfort Measures, and the Patient with a Serious Illness, Sixth Edition, is a guide for helping patients and families with end-of-life decisions.


- Considering the goals of medical care before making healthcare decisions

- Treatments such as CPR, feeding tubes, dialysis, pacemakers, implanted defibrillators, hospitalization, palliative care, and hospice care as they apply to patients with a serious illness

- The emotional and spiritual concerns at the end of life for people of any or no faith tradition; the journey at the final stages of life is framed as a journey of letting go and letting be

Dr. Ira Byock, founder and chief medical officer of the Providence Institute for Human Caring and author of
Dying Well, endorses the book as 'clear and concise, yet sensitive to the emotional turmoil of potential readers. Over the years, Hard Choices for Loving People is the book I have recommended most often to families confronting the complexities of medical treatments for loved ones with serious illnesses.'

Since the book was first published in 1990, more than 3.8 million copies have been sold.
Hard Choices is available as an audiobook and in Spanish, Decisiones Difíciles para los Seres Queridos