With the End in Mind:

Death, Dying & Wisdom in An Age of Denial

Join Mark and Martina of Hospice Waterloo Region as they explore and discuss With the End in Mind: Death, Dying & Wisdom in the Age of Denial by author Dr. Kathryn Mannix in this free, online Book Study.

About the Book

Modern medical technology is allowing us to live longer and fuller lives than ever before. And for the most part, that is good news. But with changes in the way we understand medicine come changes in the way we understand death. Once a familiar, peaceful, and gentle — if sorrowful — transition, death has come to be something from which we shield our eyes, as we prefer to fight desperately against it rather than accept its inevitability.

Dr. Kathryn Mannix, a physician in the UK, has studied and practiced palliative medicine for thirty years. In With the End in Mind, she shares beautifully crafted stories from a lifetime of caring for the dying and makes a compelling case for the therapeutic power of approaching death not with trepidation, but with openness, clarity, and understanding.

With the end in mind

From Goodreads: Dr. Kathryn Mannix has studied and practiced palliative care for thirty years. Weaving the details of her own experiences as a caregiver through stories of her patients, their families, and their distinctive lives With the End in Mind describes the possibility of meeting death gently, with forethought and preparation, and shows the unexpected beauty, dignity, and profound humanity of life coming to an end.


When does the Book Study take place?

The book study is seven weeks long. There are two options:

  • Tuesdays from 1-2:30 p.m. — Jan. 26 to Mar. 9
  • Wednesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. — Jan. 27 to Mar. 10
How do I register?

Register today by visiting our Eventbrite page!

There are two options:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 26th at 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 27th at 7 p.m.

By selecting one of these dates, you will be slotted into either the Tuesday OR Wednesday group for the seven-week book study.

How can I get the book?

Hospice has a limited quantity of books for purchase. Please email mark@hospicewaterloo.ca regarding availability.

How can I learn more about this book?

Mark and Martina of Hospice Waterloo Region are hosting a free, online book chat about With The End in Mind on Jan. 20. Learn more.


Martina Steiger

Martina C Steiger, ThD, is a graduate of Narrative Medicine at Columbia University. Her work as a life and story coach, Spiritual Director, writer and transformative educator and facilitator centres on stories, the stories that shape individual experiences and relationships. As a health advocate and consultant, she focuses on the power of those narratives to change the way care is given and received. Martina aims to bring a critical and self-reflective lens to our perspectives, choices and actions. Whole person care throughout our lives, death and dying, and end-of-life matters are topics that have taken on special importance in Martina’s life and work.

Mark Godin, Director of Strategy and Client Services for Hospice of Waterloo Region, is responsible for providing management and leadership in the development and delivery of Hospice client service programming including volunteer recruitment and management, volunteer visiting, day programming, rostered volunteer services, and community outreach. Mark ensures service excellence through continuous quality improvement. In this position Mark is also responsible for the development of strategies and partnerships for expanded and enhanced client services.

Have questions?

For more information about the book study, contact Sheli O’Connor, Director of Community Engagement and Partnerships at Hospice of Waterloo Region: sheli@hospicewaterloo.ca.

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