Spiess, a hospice physician, debuts with a soothing and thorough guide to the complexities of the end of life. Spiess notes that dying is “foreign territory” for most Americans, and, in an effort make the process more perceptible and less overwhelming, he asks readers to imagine the end of their own lives, stage by deteriorating stage, and discusses statistics, stories of patients, legal and ethical considerations, and references to literature about death. He covers essential topics, such as advance directives (fill them out), hospice (it’s helpful), suffering (much of it is psychological), and how finding meaning can relieve suffering . . . Readers dealing with end-of-life care (for themselves or loved ones) will find wisdom in Spiess’s wide-ranging work.
12/11/20: Author interviewed on KGNU Radio’s “Connections."
9/25/20: HealGrief interviewed author on their podcast; “Let’s Talk Death with Jeff Spiess.”