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Published by  FREE PRESS
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March 2004
Dimensions (in inches):
5.75 x 9.00 x .95
216 pages
ISBN: 0743249097

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The Four Things That Matter Most
A Book About Living
by Ira Byock, M.D.

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L
ife can be difficult.  Relationships are often difficult. However, after 20 years’ experience with patients and families facing profound challenges, Dr. Ira Byock has seen that four simple phrases can help us through  the unpredictability of daily life.

"Please forgive me,"  "I forgive you," "Thank you," and "I love you."

T
he Four Things are everyday guides for doing the right thing, for reconciling the rifts that divide people, and for cutting through old history—because you just never know.

Powerful real-life stories culled from Dr. Byock’s and other counselors’ patients who used the Four Things in all sorts of life situations show the possibility of interpersonal healing and wholeness, even in the wake of tragedy or the face of death.  From a granddaughter’s last days with her ailing grandmother to a teenage girl’s first hour with her estranged father, these stories are “Every Day with Morrie”, enabling readers to imagine how they can use the Four Things in their own lives.

These eleven words can improve all relationships—at any time. Using the Four Things, Dr. Byock also reclaims the traditional meaning of “good-bye” as “God be with you”—a blessing that we all can use, whether parting from someone for an hour, a day, or at the end of a lifetime.                          

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Ira Byock, M.D.,  is a nationally recognized authority in palliative and end-of-life care and longtime advocate on behalf of seriously ill people and their families.

His essays have appeared in the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal and his work has been featured on Nightline, All Things Considered, HBO’s Letting Go, and the New York Times Magazine

For more information visit Dr. Byock's website at www.DyingWell.org.


"This beautiful book, full of wisdom and warmth, teaches us how to protect and preserve our most valuable possessions --the relationships with those we love. It shows that the things that matter definitely aren't 'things,' and how to empower your life in the right direction."

-- Dr. Stephen R. Covey, author of  "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People"

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