The Good Death by Ann Neumann

The Good Death

Following the death of her father, journalist and hospice volunteer Ann Neumann sets out to examine what it means to die well in the United States. If a good death exists, what does it look like? This question lies at the heart of Neumann’s rigorously researched and intimately told journey along the ultimate borderland of American life: American death. From church basements to hospital wards to prison cells, Neumann charts the social, politica...

Details The Good Death

TitleThe Good Death
Release DateFeb 16th, 2016
PublisherBeacon Press
GenreNonfiction, Death, History, Psychology, Medical, Health

Reviews The Good Death

  • Ellen Gail
    3.5, very nearly 4 stars for me. The Good Death feels unfocused at times, but is nevertheless a strong work of nonfiction.What does it mean to have a good death? Following her fathers death, author Ann Neumann searches for answers. Her journey takes her through hospice volunteering, the Death with Dignity movement, and pro-life activists, among others. She finds no easy answers, but rather more and more evidence that a "good death" may be somethi...
  • M. Sarki
    2017-04-15 the past couple of years there have been several books ordered or taken down from my shelf regarding the subject of death. Some would say the subject is too morose to burden oneself with. But the final outcome of life is what we might expect given if facts are adhered to honestly. There is nothing more for me to add in reviewing The Good Death by Ann Neumann. Reading this book was not fun, but instead ...
  • Patty
    I will put a quote here when this book is published.Being Mortal really made me think about end of life issues. I am grateful to Gawande for his look at how we make decisions about dying. Apparently, I am not done thinking about end of life issues because when I was offered this book through Edelweiss, I decided it was worth trying. Decisions about the way I want to die seem a lot more relevant now, than earlier in my life. First of all, my mom i...
  • Bob Schnell
    As much as we don't like to think about it, we are all going to die. And as much as we'd like to think that we have some control over how we will expire, the truth is that the manner of our demise is all too often left to others to decide. Journalist Ann Neumann explores the various options for dying in America in her book "The Good Death".This book has been sitting on my shelf of advanced reading copies for so long that I had forgotten it was th...
  • Raquel
    “Knowing death makes facing it bearable.” – Ann NeumannMy father passed away last August and ever since then I’ve been dealing with a lot of emotions and reflections on what it means to die. I saw this book on Beacon Press’ Goodreads giveaway page and I signed up for it. I’m very glad I did.Author Neumann gives readers plenty to think about. She explores many different facets of dying in America, some I knew about, some I didn’t, an...
  • Diane
    It seems like the past year has brought us our share of books that deal with death and dying: Being Mortal and When Breath Becomes Air were two which I've read and thought were very well done.My most recent read on the subject was by author, Ann Neumann shares the death and dying experience of her father and then further examines death in the American Culture. Ann was 37 when she returned home to help care for her 60 year old father who was dying...
  • Marty
    This was a free book in exchange for a review.This is a very comprehensive look at death and dying in America. This is a must for all health care professionals, terminally ill patients and family's. Dying is big business with something for everyone; all support groups, activists, news media. Many important topics are discussed to include abortion, death with dignity movements and suicide. Not only at home or in hospitals, but hospice and the pris...
  • LaShawnda Jones
    The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in America by Ann NeumannOne of the first phrases to stand out to me was part of a story Ann Neumann shared of a terminal man in the Midwest. He thought it was important to “participate in our own death.” (p 69)There was a very strong sense that Ann Neumann was directing her words and somewhat undercover activism to a very distinct audience. Her audience was very much so white middle class, middle aged ...
  • Earl
    In The Good Death Ann Neumann examines death in America using her experience as a caregiver for her dying father as the springboard. She succeeds in looking both pragmatically and emotionally at what death is and what it isn't.Unlike some memoirs on the topic of death this is not written specifically just to tell one person's death and the effect it has on others. Those books are wonderful for what they are but do not even try, understandably so,...