Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Four Things That Matter Most: A Book About Living by Ira Byock

This is written by a palliative care physician. The four things that the title refers to are the following:
Please forgive me.
I forgive you.
Thank you.
I love you.
These are things that Dr. Byock encourages his patients' family members to communicate to the dying patient, and for the dying patient to communicate to family members.

Dr. Byock goes further though and recommends that we think about communicating these things in any relationship that has unfinished business. It's a way of emotional self-care.

Anything can happen at any time to any of us, so I found this book to be inspiring, thoughtful, and challenging.

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