Wendy Moore

Facing the Void

With the End in Mind: Dying, Death and Wisdom in an Age of Denial


William Collins 341pp £16.99 order from our bookshop

When my husband’s father was admitted to hospital with lung cancer in 1974, his doctors made no attempt to tell his family that the condition was terminal. His death came as a complete shock to his wife and her two teenage children – my husband, then eighteen, and his younger sister. Five years ago, when my mother was diagnosed with cancer, the members of her medical team were unfailingly honest about her terminal condition and went out of their way to ensure that she died at home, peacefully, surrounded by her family.

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