The Bottom Line
- Simply written, beautiful, and profound.
- Speaks to anyone who is interested in healing their relationships and living life without regrets.
- Illustrated with touching, real-life stories.
- I simply can't think of any cons.
- Author: Dr. Ira Byock, Director of Palliative Medicine at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
- Publisher: Free Press, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
- Year Published: 2004
- Hard Cover Price: $23.00
- 225 Pages
Guide Review - The Four Things That Matter Most
The Four Things That Matter Most first appeared in Dr. Byock's book Dying Well as the four things that matter most before saying goodbye. The Four Things, as Dr. Byock so beautifully points out, are not important only to those facing imminent death, but to all of us. Dr. Byock reminds us that we are all infected with "HMG - the Human Mortality Gene," and thus we are all going to die someday. He suggests that we shouldn't wait to say what matters most - it may be too late.
Our lives can be transformed by completing relationships and keeping them current. Touching, real-life stories illustrate how The Four Things can nurture and heal our fragile and complex relationships with those we love.
While I was telling my mother about The Four Things, we had an opportunity to say them to each other. I didn't stop there; I've been putting The Four Things into practice in my every day life. This book made me realize the importance of honoring my most treasured possessions - the relationships I have with those I love.