Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Dying Made Easy(er): Creating your Happy Ending Book Review & Book Tour Giveaway

Today, I have a self help book in our book spotlight. Death and dying is a part of life that many of choose to avoid discussing--and often avoid planning for as well. This guide from Myra Bennett offers tips and guidance for navigating this difficult subject.  What did I think of Dying Made Easy(er):  Creating your Happy Ending by Myra Bennett?  Read my thoughts, learn about the book
and the author & enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

Book Title: Dying Made Easy(er): Creating Your Happy Ending by Myra Bennett
Category: Adult non-fiction (18 +), 270 pages
Genre: Self help
Publisher: Balboa Press
Release date: June 2019

About the Book

Stories of American prowess in technology and medicine abound. And while these achievements have extended the lives of patients, they have not always extended the quality of those lives. As the older population in America skyrockets, more and more people who have received a terminal diagnosis, as well as those who love them, must grapple with the devastating decision of how they will forestall--or face--death. In Dying Made Easy(er) by Myra Bennett, we are guided through the diverse phases and considerations of the end of life by an experienced traveler who's spent many hours "as a guest in the sacred place of the dying." Bennett, a hospice nurse and certified end of life doula, who has also grappled with death in her personal life, invites us to contemplate dying from many different angles: legal, social, physical, psychological, and spiritual. Her Dying Made Easy(er) is both a handbook of pertinent information and a medley of informed suggestions for us to consider when experiencing or sharing the phenomenon that is the end of life. Bennett believes it is imperative that we--as a community--are aware of how to find help when faced with death and dying. In Dying Made Easy(er), she provides the resources to address this pressing need.

​Bennett, who is the co-founder of Compassionate Crossings in Sacramento, has seen it all. She's witnessed the dying process unfold in beautiful ways, with gifts for all involved, and she's seen it devolve into a series of anguished mishaps that leave the family praying for an early transition. As there are no opportunities for rehearsals or do-overs, Bennett is committed to helping us better understand dying as the last--but not the least--chapter of life, and to helping us dream what this chapter might look like. In her warm and wise book, we learn how to turn this dream into a personal reality that will meet not only our deep-felt needs and desires but also those of our family and loved ones.

My Review

Dying Made Easy (er) Offers Readers a Necessary Nudge.  I am a constant planner. I plan everything to make sure that everything gets done every day for everyone in our little family.  But, I have 0 plans toward what the final end of my life will be like.  I haven't sat with older family members to discuss their wishes and plans.  I have lots of time, right?  If I don't speak death onto existence...then, I have forever?  I think the best aspect of this book is that it nudges readers into this uncomfortable realm of realism and responsibility in a very down to Earth, matter of fact format.  

The book helps readers plan for the end of life.  In reality, the author helps readers take a lot of the daunting legal, financial, spiritual and medical aspects of dying and break it all down into manageable tasks and plans that can be accomplished and arranged so that life can simply go on until its end without worrying about those details while facing personal illness or caring for a loved one.

Would I recommend Dying Made Easy(er) by Myra Bennett?  We don't like to talk about death or dying--but it is one thing in life that we all must face.  The author's experiences and willingness to help families through terminal illnesses and loss allow her to share a wealth of knowledge, insights and resources to make final planning easier and less stressful.  I would recommend this book to anyone who does not have their own affairs in order or for those helping others transition through this final stage.   Take notes, use it as a resource to get conversations started and to seek out advice to get plans squared away.
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Meet the Author


Myra has been a student of death and dying since she experienced the loss of her husband in 2001. The years that would follow saw the loss of many friends and family as well, which gave her life experiences she would later use to care for patients as a hospice nurse at a large national hospice agency.

Today Myra is a certified end of life doula at Compassionate Crossings in Sacramento where she not only guides and supports terminally ill persons and their families, she also speaks and educates on all subjects related to death and dying.

Connect with the author:   Website  ~  YouTube  ~  Facebook  ~  Instagram

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Sept 16 – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Sept 17 - Rockin' Book Reviews - book review / guest post / giveaway​
Sept 17 - Everyday Gyaan – book review / giveaway
Sept 18 -  A Fountain of Books - book review / author interview
Sept 18 - JBronder Book Reviews - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sept 18 – Reading is My Passion – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sept 19 - Fur Everywhere - book review / giveaway
Sept 19 – My Reading Life – book spotlight / giveaway
Sept 20 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sept 23 – Older & Smarter? – book review / giveaway
Sept 24 - Book Corner News and Reviews - book review / giveaway
Sept 24 – b for bookreview – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Sept 25 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
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Sept 26 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Sept 27 – Adventurous Jessy – book review / giveaway
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​Sept 27 - One Frugal Girl - book review / giveaway

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  1. What a great recommendation! Thank you for recommending this thought and discussion provoking book.

  2. Thank you Angela, for helping your readers think about such an important subject and hopefully take action as well. I really value your honest opinion!