Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them)

By Sallie Tisdale,

Book cover of Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them): A Practical Perspective on Death and Dying

Book description

Award-winning writer and nurse Sallie Tisdale offers a lyrical, thought-provoking yet practical perspective on death and dying in this frank, direct and compassionate meditation on the inevitable.
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From the sublime to the ridiculous, Tisdale leads the reader through the peaks and troughs of death with a calm, wise and…

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Why read it?

2 authors picked Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them) as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

I read this book for the first time about five years ago, and my first thought when I finished it was, “Everyone who is going to die needs this book.” This is the best thing I’ve read on the personal choices around dying and supporting someone who is dying.

I love the clear, level-headed, plain-spoken, simple, and elegant text and the way that Tisdale uses personal storytelling and philosophical reflection to help us address what we might otherwise avoid. I will return to this book over and over as I support sick or dying friends, and you can bet it…

I turned to this book as a meditation on death and dying, which was written by an award-winning author who’s spent more than a decade working in palliative care and as a nurse. The first page of the book asks us to imagine our own death—and the details that follow. I appreciated the focus on preparing a death plan, much like a birth plan for a new mother, as well as advance directives. She helped me think about the question: What makes a good death and to what extent can we plan for it? 

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