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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."
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
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.
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
"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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