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Read When Breath Becomes Air (2016), neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi's memoir about his struggle with a sudden diagnosis of the stage IV lung cancer that eventually took his life. In this book, he describes his change from a neurosurgeon helping patients survive to a cancer patient confronting death. You might also try The Good Death (2016) in which Ann Neumann, a visiting scholar at the Center for Religion and Media at New York University, explores the concept of a good death with dying people, spiritual leaders, and healthcare works. You also might consider reading How We Die (1994) by Sherwin B. Nuland and Awake at the Bedside (2016), a series of essays edited by Koshin Paley Ellison.
You might also be interested in other ChurchNext classes on topics related to pastoral care, death, and the afterlife. Try How to Visit a Sick Friend with Joyce Mercer, Courage for Caregivers with Jamie Haith, Grieving Well with Andrew Gerns, and What's Heaven Like? with John Price.
Tom Krell is a retired hospice nurse and Episcocpal priest serving in Michigan.