Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for People Facing Serious Illness
By Joanne Lynn, M.D. and Joan Harrold, M.D.
The Center to Improve Care of the Dying
Oxford University Press, 2001, 256 pages
Designed for caregivers as well as patients, this book combines insight and inspiration with practical information and suggestions for coping with critical illness in all its physical and emotional complexity. Topics include accepting a new lifestyle, controlling pain, getting help and grieving. There is also a section that explores the question of when to let go of pursuing uncomfortable treatments in favor of making a positive choice about how to live near the end of life.