- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (14 Feb. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1451667256
- ISBN-13: 978-1451667257
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1 x 21.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the Dying Paperback – 14 Feb 2012
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Beautifully written, illuminating and reassuring Final Gifts is truly a gift to us all. Judy Tatelbaum, author of "The Courage to Grieve
Treasure clear, authentic, responsible, and profoundly moving. Sandol Stoddard, author of The Hospice Movement
Beautifully written, illuminating and reassuring Final Gifts is truly a gift to us all. Judy Tatelbaum, author of The Courage to Grieve
These richly told stories enable us to respond to the dying in new and authentic ways. Ira R. Byock, M.D., author of Dying Well: The Prospect for Growth at the End of Life"
"Treasure-clear, authentic, responsible, and profoundly moving." --Sandol Stoddard, author of The Hospice Movement
"Beautifully written, illuminating and reassuring...Final Gifts is truly a gift to us all." --Judy Tatelbaum, author of The Courage to Grieve
"These richly told stories enable us to respond to the dying in new and authentic ways." --Ira R. Byock, M.D., author of Dying Well: The Prospect for Growth at the End of Life
About the Author
Maggie Callanan has specialized in the care of the dying since 1981. She lectures widely to lay and professional audiences on death and dying, bereavement, and hospice care. Maggie is also the author of Final Journeys. She lives on the New England coast.
Patricia Kelley has worked in hospice care since 1978. She formerly held positions as Clinical Director of Montgomery Hospice in Maryland and as Director of Health Systems Leadership at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. She now works as a national and international consultant providing education and training on issues relating to hospice and palliative care. Patricia is also the author of Companion to Grief: Finding Consolation When Someone You Love Has Died.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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I have just become a member of a charity that supports people at the end of life. This book is a gift to anyone involved in Care of the Dying.Published 4 months ago by Mrs Linda McGlynn
This book was recommended to me when my father was at the end stage of a terminal illness. I was only at chapter 2 when he passed, but what I'd read was enough to help me. Read morePublished 5 months ago by faithful
Brilliant, sensitively written and hopeful presentation of a subject that is difficult to talk about... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Charles Einloth