A Good Death: Conversations with East Londoners by Lesley Cullen, Michael Young

By Lesley Cullen, Michael Young

A sturdy Death is predicated on a survey in East London and gives a variety of interesting and invaluable insights into all points of experiencing dying and surviving grief. The voices within the e-book are these of people that have controlled to manage regardless of being less than the shadow of forthcoming loss of life. Their adventure can be a convenience to anyone in an analogous state of affairs. A solid Death is meant for those that are demise, for his or her lay carers and for pupil medical professionals, nurses and social staff.

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He said ‘as long as you want’. I wanted to know if this would bring my life expectancy from 60 to 55. He said ‘as long as you are sensible and take the treatment you will survive’. 30 THE PATIENTS After she had finally consulted doctors she had a lumpectomy —this was five years before we saw her—but did not think it could be serious enough to justify radiotherapy thereafter. She feared its effects. But a year later she had her breast removed and followed this with the radiotherapy she had refused before.

That hurt,’ said Jennifer, ‘taking the future away from me. ’ ‘It is difficult coming to terms with not being needed/said Julia when she felt it was not fair on her colleagues to stick at her work any longer. It was worse later on when an occupational therapist advised special fitments around her loo and other safety measures. It suddenly struck her. ’ But even in their new situation, as we try to show in this chapter, they were by no means helpless. They could maintain and make use of their independence as human beings.

She said, ‘I don’t feel cheerful’. The nurse said, ‘yes but you are’. Whether a fighting spirit makes final death any easier or more difficult we do not know, and even those who are very close at the end can do no more than guess. But during the period which leads up to it, such a spirit certainly does give something to live for. To hold off death can be an achievement almost beyond compare. *** In this chapter we have introduced the patients who were our subjects and our partners, mentioning the inescapables (above all the cancer itself) which they could do so little about, and the free variables—the degrees to which they could express their individuality, and draw on their own capacities, even in such an extremity.

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