I am a bit of a sucker for books about dying, they always offer a new voice about this topic, one that many of us are reluctant to talk about. The author who is a family doctor in Australia is able to talk about her own families experiences and her own fear of death, as well as talking about the patients she encounters. She uses the book to explore how death was dealt with in the past when everybody encountered death usually in the family home, and what happens in the modern world when death has become more institutionalized with more of us dying in hospitals and nursing homes. She talks to morticians and funeral directors and quotes from many authors who have written similar books.
Although I didn't come away learning anything too profound, I liked the tone of the book that made it like listening to a good friend talk and it didn't get too grim and uncomfortable. Certainly it is a topic we should all be talking about with our families and friends. 4/5