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Susan Ducharme Hoben writes about how she and her family experience what it means to love with no regrets. Dying Young: Our Journey of Love and Loss is the memior she has written. It begins on December 23, 2000, and it ends on June 20, 2009. The book covers around 3100 days, which is the same as 74,000 hours. 74, 000 hours breaks down to 4,400,000 minutes. Do you suppose that is enough time for you to have the final meaningful moments with someone you love? Is that enough time to learn how to be grateful for every moment in your life?
In less than ten years, the Hoben family learns a great deal about living life to the fullest. When a Hoben family member is told that the time that they are living on this earth will be shorter than originally planned for, an opportunity arises for other family members. That being an opportunity to learn what it means to live with intention. among other invaluable life lessons. This book has an unusual, yet refreshing, outlook on a topic as intimidating and unknown as Death. Because I have read Dying Well, I view death in a new way. I now think about Death in a positive way. In a short amount of time, the Hoben family had the opportunity to cultivate strength and timeless love. The Hobens were able to realize how fortunate they are to have a person in their lives that walks in the light of honest love.
Dying Well is exceptionally well edited, as I did not find a single error throughout. This memoir had many things that I found delightful. I enjoy how Hoben can describe her friends and family members in such a colorful way. Many readers will feel an emotional connection to the Hoben family after reading the first few pages. This memoir has many things I found delightful. The mistake-free editing helped this book to be an easy read; I had a hard time putting it down. It was so very captivating, that at times I forgot that I was reading a non-fiction book. Hoben helps others to learn about some of the politics that surround the End-of-Life discussion. She also breaks down very complex medical terms so that the average adult reader will have no problem understanding what that terminology means.
I did not find any negative aspects present in this book. I believe this collection of journal-like entries is good for anyone to invest their time in and learn from. We are all human; Death is a part of the human experience. Death is unavoidable for all living creatures. However, many people are not comfortable with the role Death plays in their lives and the lives of those they love.
Dying Well is overflowing with knowledge about how dignity can accompany death; Knowledge can only come from someone that has experienced death, yet still lives. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. The fantastic editing, colorful writing, and informative content are the main reasons that I chose to rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. I did not find one error. I believe that this book is one that anyone who can read, should read. However, I do not think that younger people are the main audience for this memoir. Young children are scattered throughout the Hoben family. With that in mind, Dying Well is composed of ideas that young people should not be forced to ponder until later in life. However, I found no sexual scenes or words of a questionable or mature nature that would lead me to discourage children from reading this book.
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