Final Gifts

Final Gifts
Author: Maggie Callanan,Patricia Kelley
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2012-02-14
ISBN 10: 1451677294
ISBN 13: 9781451677294
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Final Gifts Book Review:

In this moving and compassionate classic—now updated with new material from the authors—hospice nurses Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley share their intimate experiences with patients at the end of life, drawn from more than twenty years’ experience tending the terminally ill. Through their stories we come to appreciate the near-miraculous ways in which the dying communicate their needs, reveal their feelings, and even choreograph their own final moments; we also discover the gifts—of wisdom, faith, and love—that the dying leave for the living to share. Filled with practical advice on responding to the requests of the dying and helping them prepare emotionally and spiritually for death, Final Gifts shows how we can help the dying person live fully to the very end.

Final Journeys

Final Journeys
Author: Maggie Callanan
Publsiher: Bantam
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2008-03-25
ISBN 10: 055390423X
ISBN 13: 9780553904239
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Final Journeys Book Review:

For more than two decades, hospice nurse Maggie Callanan has tended to the terminally ill and been a cornerstone of support for their loved ones. Now the coauthor of the classic bestseller Final Gifts passes along the lessons she has learned from the experts—her patients. Here is the guide we all need to understanding the special needs of the dying and those who care for them. In her work with thousands of families, Maggie Callanan has witnessed the tears, the love—and the confusion and conflict—this final passage can evoke. Now, with honesty, compassion, and even humor, she empowers patients and their families to write the last chapter of their lives with less fear, less pain, and more control—so that all involved can focus their energies on creating the best possible ending. From supporting a husband or wife faced with the loss of a spouse, to helping a dying mother prepare her children to carry on without her, Callanan’s poignant stories illustrate new ways to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges of this difficult and precious time. She brings welcome clarity to medical and ethical concerns, explaining what to expect at every stage. Each brief chapter also conveys a home truth about making crucial treatment decisions, supporting the patient’s dignity and individuality, and lightening the burden on caregivers. Final Journeys is designed to be your companion, resource, and advocate. From diagnosis through the final hours, it will help you keep the lines of communication open, get the help you need, and create the peaceful end we all hope for.

Dignity Therapy

Dignity Therapy
Author: Harvey Max Chochinov
Publsiher: OUP USA
Total Pages: 199
Release: 2012-01-04
ISBN 10: 0195176219
ISBN 13: 9780195176216
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dignity Therapy Book Review:

Maintaining dignity for patients approaching death is a core principle of palliative care. Dignity therapy, a psychological intervention developed by Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov and his internationally lauded research group, has been designed specifically to address many of the psychological, existential, and spiritual challenges that patients and their families face as they grapple with the reality of life drawing to a close. In the first book to lay out the blueprint for this unique and meaningful intervention, Chochinov addresses one of the most important dimensions of being human. Being alive means being vulnerable and mortal; he argues that dignity therapy offers a way to preserve meaning and hope for patients approaching death. With history and foundations of dignity in care, and step by step guidance for readers interested in implementing the program, this volume illuminates how dignity therapy can change end-of-life experience for those about to die - and for those who will grieve their passing.

What Does It Feel Like to Die

What Does It Feel Like to Die
Author: Jennie Dear
Publsiher: Citadel Press
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2019-06-25
ISBN 10: 0806539879
ISBN 13: 9780806539874
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

What Does It Feel Like to Die Book Review:

A compassionate, honest, and illuminating look at the dying process . . . As a long-time hospice volunteer, Jennie Dear has helped countless patients, families, and caregivers cope with the many challenges of the dying process. Inspired by her own personal journey with her mother’s long-term illness, Dear demystifies the experience of dying for everyone whose lives it touches. She spoke to doctors, nurses, and caregivers, as well as families, friends, and the patients themselves. The result is a brilliantly researched, eye-opening account that combines the latest medical findings with sensitive human insights to offer real emotional support and answers to some of the questions that affect us all. Does dying hurt? A frank discussion of whether dying has to be painful—and why it sometimes is even when treatment is readily available. Is there a better way to cope with dying? Comforting stories of people who found peace in the face of death , and some of the expert methods they used for getting there. The last few hours: What does it feel like to die? Powerful glimpses from dedicated professionals into the physical experiences of people in their final moments—plus comforting words and insights from those who are there to help.

The Girl With All the Gifts

The Girl With All the Gifts
Author: M. R. Carey
Publsiher: Orbit
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2014-06-10
ISBN 10: 0316278149
ISBN 13: 9780316278140
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Girl With All the Gifts Book Review:

In the ruins of civilization, a young girl's kindness and capacity for love will either save humanity -- or wipe it out in this USA Today bestselling thriller Joss Whedon calls "heartfelt, remorseless, and painfully human." Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius." Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointed at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh.

Making Rounds with Oscar

Making Rounds with Oscar
Author: David Dosa
Publsiher: Hachette Books
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2010-02-02
ISBN 10: 1401394965
ISBN 13: 9781401394967
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Making Rounds with Oscar Book Review:

A remarkable cat. A life-changing story. Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat is the story of a doctor who, at first, doesn't always listen; of the patients he serves; of their caregivers; and, most importantly, of a cat who teaches by example, embracing moments of life that so many of us shy away from. "Oscar has much to teach us about empathy and courage. I couldn't put it down." --Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants "This book is a must-read. Truly, this is a story that needs to be told." --Fresh Fiction "You'll be moved." --People "This touching and engaging book is a must-read for more than just cat lovers; anyone who enjoys a well-written and compelling story will find much to admire in its unlikely hero." --Publishers Weekly "[The] book, both touching and humorous, isn't just about Oscar. It's about listening and letting go." --USA Today

The Gifts of Imperfection

The Gifts of Imperfection
Author: Brené Brown
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2010-09-20
ISBN 10: 1592859895
ISBN 13: 9781592859894
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Gifts of Imperfection Book Review:

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • This tenth-anniversary edition of the game-changing #1 New York Times bestseller features a new foreword and new tools to make the work your own. For over a decade, Brené Brown has found a special place in our hearts as a gifted mapmaker and a fellow traveler. She is both a social scientist and a kitchen-table friend whom you can always count on to tell the truth, make you laugh, and, on occasion, cry with you. And what’s now become a movement all started with The Gifts of Imperfection, which has sold more than two million copies in thirty-five different languages across the globe. What transforms this book from words on a page to effective daily practices are the ten guideposts to wholehearted living. The guideposts not only help us understand the practices that will allow us to change our lives and families, they also walk us through the unattainable and sabotaging expectations that get in the way. Brené writes, “This book is an invitation to join a wholehearted revolution. A small, quiet, grassroots movement that starts with each of us saying, ‘My story matters because I matter.’ Revolution might sound a little dramatic, but in this world, choosing authenticity and worthiness is an absolute act of resistance.”

I m Sorry I Love You Goodbye

I m Sorry  I Love You  Goodbye
Author: Janet M. Bieschke
Publsiher: Capucia Publishing
Total Pages: 166
Release: 2018-08-30
ISBN 10: 9781945252426
ISBN 13: 1945252421
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

I m Sorry I Love You Goodbye Book Review:

The Courage to Grieve

The Courage to Grieve
Author: Judy Tatelbaum
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2009-10-13
ISBN 10: 006187311X
ISBN 13: 9780061873119
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Courage to Grieve Book Review:

This unusual self-help book about surviving grief offers the reader comfort and inspiration. Each of us will face some loss, sorrow and disappointment in our lives, and The Courage to Grieve provides the specific help we need to enable us to face our grief fully and to recover and grow from the experience. Although the book emphasizes the response to the death of a loved one, The Courage to Grieve can help with every kind of loss and grief. Judy Tatelbaum gives us a fresh look at understanding grief, showing us that grief is a natural, inevitable human experience, including all the unexpected, intense and uncomfortable emotions like sorrow, guilt, loneliness, resentment, confusion, or even the temporary loss of the will to live. The emphasis is to clarify and offer help, and the tone is spiritual, optimistic, creative and easy to understand. Judy Tatelbaum provides excellent advice on how to help oneself and others get through the immediate experience of death and the grief that follows, as well as how to understand the special grief of children. Particularly useful are the techniques for completing or "finishing" grief--counteracting the popular misconception that grief never ends. The Courage to Grieve shows us how to live life with the ultimate courage: not fearing death. This book is about so much more than death and grieving it is about life and joy and growth.

Talking About Death Won t Kill You

Talking About Death Won   t Kill You
Author: Dr. Kathy Kortes-Miller
Publsiher: ECW Press
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2018-03-06
ISBN 10: 1773051768
ISBN 13: 9781773051765
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Talking About Death Won t Kill You Book Review:

This practical handbook will equip readers with the tools to have meaningful conversations about death and dying Death is a part of life. We used to understand this, and in the past, loved ones generally died at home with family around them. But in just a few generations, death has become a medical event, and we have lost the ability to make this last part of life more personal and meaningful. Today people want to regain control over health-care decisions for themselves and their loved ones. Talking About Death Won’t Kill You is the essential handbook to help Canadians navigate personal and medical decisions for the best quality of life for the end of our lives. Noted palliative-care educator and researcher Kathy Kortes-Miller shows readers how to identify and reframe limiting beliefs about dying with humor and compassion. With robust resource lists, Kortes-Miller addresses advance care plans for ourselves and our loved ones how to have conversations about end-of-life wishes with loved ones how to talk to children about death how to build a compassionate workplace practical strategies to support our colleagues how to talk to health-care practitioners how to manage challenging family dynamics as someone is dying what is involved in medical assistance in dying (MAID) Far from morbid, these conversations are full of meaning and life — and the relief that comes from knowing what your loved ones want, and what you want for yourself.

Being with Dying

Being with Dying
Author: Joan Halifax
Publsiher: Shambhala Publications
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2009-11-17
ISBN 10: 9780834821743
ISBN 13: 0834821745
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Being with Dying Book Review:

The Buddhist approach to death can be of great benefit to people of all backgrounds—as has been demonstrated time and again in Joan Halifax’s decades of work with the dying and their caregivers. Inspired by traditional Buddhist teachings, her work is a source of wisdom for all those who are charged with a dying person’s care, facing their own death, or wishing to explore and contemplate the transformative power of the dying process. Her teachings affirm that we can open and contact our inner strength, and that we can help others who are suffering to do the same.

The Gift of the Magi

The Gift of the Magi
Author: O. Henry
Publsiher: The Floating Press
Total Pages: 10
Release: 2009-06-01
ISBN 10: 1775416003
ISBN 13: 9781775416005
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Gift of the Magi Book Review:

The Gift of the Magi is a treasured short story written by O. Henry. A young and very much in love couple can barely afford their one-room apartment, let alone the extra expense of getting Christmas presents for one another. But each is determined to show their love for the other in this traditional time of giving; each sells a thing they hold most dear in order to afford a present, with poignant and touching results that capture their love for one another.

Bright Ruin

Bright Ruin
Author: Vic James
Publsiher: Del Rey
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2018-10-09
ISBN 10: 0425284190
ISBN 13: 9780425284193
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Bright Ruin Book Review:

In the “thrilling conclusion”* to the dystopian trilogy that began with Gilded Cage and Tarnished City, the people of Britain rise up against their magically gifted masters. They must break the system—or be broken. MAGIC RUINS. WE RISE. The rules are simple, the system cruel: the lower classes must give ten years in service to Britain’s powerfully gifted rulers. With one uprising crushed by the glittering elite, commoners and aristocrats alike now take sides for a final confrontation. At the center of it all are two ordinary siblings: Abi Hadley and her brother, Luke. Each has reason to hate the ruling Jardine family. Abi, who was once their servant, now seeks revenge for a terrible wrong. Luke was imprisoned on their whim—but his only hope may be an alliance with the youngest and most powerful of the clan, the cold and inscrutable Silyen Jardine. Risking everything to end a bright and shining tyranny, Abi, Luke, and Silyen find themselves bound by a single destiny. Their actions will change their fates—and change the world. But at a cost almost too terrible to contemplate. What price would you pay for freedom? *Library Journal (starred review, Pick of the Month) Look for all three books in the mesmerizing Dark Gifts trilogy: GILDED CAGE • TARNISHED CITY • BRIGHT RUIN Praise for Bright Ruin “Fast-paced, entertaining, and a satisfying end to an epic story [with] dramatic class division based not on mere financial wealth but on a family’s magic.”—Booklist “A triumphant conclusion to this outstanding fantasy series . . . It will keep you up at night until you finish it, and you’ll take a huge breath as you can’t believe the story is over. If you haven’t read the first two installments, please do so, and then jump into the finale. You’ll fly through them all as you see Britain as you’ve never imagined—and you’ll hope against hope for the freedom that may never come.”—Bookreporter “Rebellion comes to a deadly boil in the final chapter of James’s Dark Gifts alternate history fantasy trilogy (after Tarnished City). . . . [An] intricate tale of ruthless scheming and bloody betrayals backlit by an unquenchable glimmer of hope.”—Publishers Weekly

The Four Things That Matter Most 10th Anniversary Edition

The Four Things That Matter Most   10th Anniversary Edition
Author: Ira Byock
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2014-06-10
ISBN 10: 1476748535
ISBN 13: 9781476748535
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Four Things That Matter Most 10th Anniversary Edition Book Review:

Updated with stories from people who have been inspired by the original text, a guide to connecting with what matters most identifies four phrases for honoring relationships, letting go of unhealthy emotions, and living life fully.

Being Mortal

Being Mortal
Author: Atul Gawande
Publsiher: Metropolitan Books
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2014-10-07
ISBN 10: 1627790551
ISBN 13: 9781627790550
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Being Mortal Book Review:

#1 New York Times Bestseller In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs. Hospitals isolate the dying, checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot. Doctors, committed to extending life, continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering. Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession's ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person's last weeks or months may be rich and dignified. Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, Being Mortal asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end.

Final Gifts

Final Gifts
Author: Carol Mithers
Publsiher: She Writes Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2014-09-12
ISBN 10: 1940838797
ISBN 13: 9781940838793
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Final Gifts Book Review:

Caring for aging parents may be today’s defining midlife experience—and Carol Mithers went through it in multiples. Four aging relatives needed her at once, while she was working and raising her own family, sweeping her into a place she calls elderworld. The experience changed her forever. This memoir, funny, sad, brutally honest, and ultimately life-affirming, is a must for every member of the “sandwich generation.”

Dying Well

Dying Well
Author: Ira Byock
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 299
Release: 1998
ISBN 10: 9781573226578
ISBN 13: 1573226572
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dying Well Book Review:

Explores the important emotional work accomplished in the final months of life and offers advice on dealing with doctors, talking with friends and relatives, and mananging end-of-life care

Transitions in Dying and Bereavement

Transitions in Dying and Bereavement
Author: Victoria Hospice,Wendy Wainwright,Marney Thompson
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 480
Release: 2016-10
ISBN 10: 9781938870651
ISBN 13: 1938870654
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Transitions in Dying and Bereavement Book Review:

Help guide patients and families through difficult end-of-life experiences with this compassionate, strengths-based approach from a team of expert counselors. In this updated edition of this unique professional resource, hospice and palliative care team members-especially social workers and counselors- will find the empirical evidence and compassionate approaches needed to provide excellent holistic psychosocial care to individuals who are dying or bereaved. Encompassing the journey through diagnosis, treatment, recurrence, palliative care, and bereavement, this guide describes appropriate interventions for each of the key transitions that most dying patients and their families face. Social workers, counselors, and other team members share their personal reflections and experiences from doing this work, and provide examples of ways to support the whole care team. With practical resources in every chapter, this guide provides: Important considerations for each transition, Intervention recommendations, case studies, and reflective activities, Assessment questions suited to each transition, Palliative Performance Scale to evaluate physical and psychosocial function at progressive stages, An overview of common major challenges to the healthcare team and ways to support staff, Social workers, counselors, physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, and volunteers working in hospice and palliative care will find these approaches essential in their work with death, health, bereavement, and grief. Book jacket.

Final Conversations

Final Conversations
Author: Maureen P. Keeley,Julie Yingling
Publsiher: Vanderwyk & Burnham
Total Pages: 234
Release: 2007
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: PSU:000060920706
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Final Conversations Book Review:

When asked, most people want an opportunity to talk with a loved one at least one more time before it's too late. Authors Keeley and Yingling have brought trained ears to the stories of the "experienced living," people who have engaged in final conversations with loved ones-and who have been so glad they did.

Dying to Know

Dying to Know
Author: Tani Bahti
Publsiher: Pathways Education
Total Pages: 103
Release: 2006
ISBN 10: 9780978957308
ISBN 13: 097895730X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dying to Know Book Review:

Written directly to the person facing the end of life, it compassionately but frankly clarifies the mystery of dying by describing the physical, psychosocial and spiritual changes that may be encountered and how best to understand and manage them. By helping the reader overcome fears and misconceptions, it provides comfort, empowerment and understanding to everyone involved at this important time of life. Audio version also available with book purchase.