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  • Paperback: 239 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA; Bantam Trade Pbk. Ed edition (5 Oct 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553378767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553378764
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 528,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Mrs D Kalirai on 28 Feb 2004
Format: Paperback
Oh!How I wish I'd read this book 9 months ago. My lovely Dad was diagnosed with lung cancer in May 2003, it became metastatic and sadly he died December 2003.
I was of course devastated and had great trouble coming to terms with his death. This book has done more to help me in the two days it took to read than several bereavement councilling sessions and 2 bottles of anti depressants. I am now more at peace with his passing.
There is so much information in this book. What we thought was his mind being confused, was so much more. No wonder he got frustrated with us. My Dad,smiled, waved and spoke to people we could not see. In his final hours gained an unknown strength and tried to get out of bed. His final gift to me was for me not to see his last laboured breath, he died within two minutes of me leaving the room to get some air.
Thank you both authours for this wonderful, informative and compassionate book. It is a must read for anyone who has someone they love diagnosed with a terminal illness.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Jan 2002
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Six years ago my mother and I read this book after she had been diagnosed with breast cancer and a niece of hers had terminal ovarian cancer. Both my mother and I found so much peace in the book. Five years after her initial diagnosis my mother's breast cancer recurred suddenly and aggressively in her brain and spinal fluid. The choice of the family was to bring her to her home, surrounded by her five children, their spouses and her grandchildren. She lived for a week, cared for by her family and her hospice nurses. That week will be remembered by all of us as one of the best weeks of our lives. It was a time of celebration of her life of 76 years - friends, neighbors, and family were ever present with love and support. My mother's final gift to us was our strong sense of famiy; our final gift to her was to allow her to die in dignity and peace surrounded by her loved ones. It was this book that led us to having a fantastic experience that enriched all of our lives in a way we could never have imagined. We are very grateful to Hospice and to this book.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Quaker Annie on 31 Oct 2000
Format: Paperback
Over the past few years, when faced with the information that someone I'd known was dying, I did - nothing.
Retreating, I was terrified of my own mortality and of what I might do if I were around someone who was dying. Would I say the wrong thing or nothing at all? Would I cry, or do something to inadvertently hurt them? What is dying like?
This book is great as a comforting instruction manual on what happens, what to do, and what not to do.
It begins with information about what happens to the body when it is in the process of dying, then moves into experiences the authors have had in dealing with people who are dying, or whose loved ones are dying. They have helpful information throughout the book for those, like me, who were unsure about what to say or do.
They include individual stories about messages people send when they are approaching death and how not to miss them; seeing people who have already died and what that may mean; symbolic dreams and how to let the dreamer find the meaning; choosing a time to die (not by suicide); waiting for a person to arrive or an event to happen.
Family and friends often ignore this precious information. It seems illogical, far out, too much like stories about abduction by aliens. We brush them off as hallucinations, caused by denial or possibly drug-induced.
When I first heard volunteers, nurses and others who work in hospice tell stories of people who have similar Nearing Death Experiences (not to be confused with "Near Death Experiences"), I was dubious. However, in my readings and hospice volunteer work, I find that these stories are universal, timeless and not as new age-y as I'd thought.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 July 1999
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When my family brought hospice in to care for my mother, Maggie Callanan was our hospice nurse. Through her, we were able to help our mother die with dignity and grace. She helped us every step of the way. 10 years later, as my Dad was also dying, we again called hospice and, thru sheer coincidence, Maggie was again assigned to us. This is when we learned of Final Gifts. This book allowed my entire family to truly appreciate the dreams and thoughts my Dad was having and helped us to understand what he was experiencing and assisted us in providing for him as he departed this life. I am convinced that it was no coincidence that this wonderful nurse, this angel on earth, entered our lives a second time. Reading this book has given me renewed hope that there is something beyond this life and it truly is a better place.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Carolyne Deer on 1 April 2005
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I think this book is excellent for anyone caring for a terminally-ill person. Whether it's a partner, parent, friend, sibling, relative. It really explains in a simple manner what the signs are, what to look out for and how to really understand the needs of the dying. I found it extremely comforting to read this, although I have to say I read it with tears in my eyes as some of the stories hit very close to home and were really moving. It also gave comfort as it really does give you a sense of the spiritual side of dying and the signs and the fact that the dying person can sometimes be "in control" of what is happening around them. It was a great comfort and I would highly recommend it.
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