While I enjoyed the book, it was extremely depressing. If you were to pick it up I would recommend reading the the first chapter, skimming chapters two through fifteen, and reading the final chapter, sixteen, titled Nearing Death Awareness: Practical Uses. The bulk of the book contains moving stories of people approaching the end of life. While moving, I did not get a great deal of value out of the stories. I did however value the final chapter. Especially the suggestion that if you do not know what to say, say nothing at all an instead offer a hug or hold a hand. Displays of affection may be far better than words.
One other useful nugget I took from the book was that if you are interacting with a dying person or his or her caregivers and want to lend a hand, be specific. Don't say "if you need something call". Instead say "I'm picking up Chinese for take-out tonight, what would you like me to get for you?". People facing the end of life, and their caregivers, do not need the extra assignment of trying to find a useful outlet for your kindness. Be specific, and it is a lot easier for them to say yes.