Conversations on Dying
A Palliative-Care Pioneer Faces His Own Death
by Phil Dwyer
There’s one thing all of us will do someday: die. We’re all so busy with our day-to-day lives that it is easy to forget we won’t always be here. Our friends will die as will our parents. The main subject of this book, Dr. Larry Librach, dedicated his life and career to helping his patients navigate their final journey. Then in 2013, he was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer.
Conversations on Dying details his death journey through the lens of author Phil Dwyer. We are exposed to states of vulnerability, doubt, caring, loving, anger, and humor. This is not an easy read because of the emotions it sparks. However, it is a valuable book that needs to be added to the growing literature on this ever-important and easy-to-ignore topic. I would suggest taking the book slowly. There is a lot to absorb both intellectually and emotionally.
If you know someone who is facing the death of a loved one or their own, you might want to give them a copy. This book could give them some permissions to feel and express their experience of dying making it a more profound and graceful event.