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Product Details

  • Paperback: 138 pages
  • Publisher: Fawn Hoener (October 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615677541
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615677545
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,830,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kestra on February 25, 2013
Format: Paperback
I wish this book were longer. I would recommend it for anyone, especially if you feel overwhelmed with the minutiae of daily life or have lost focus on the bigger picture. Each chapter is its own story, so you can just read a chapter at random if you want a reminder about what life should is really about.

I like the simple writing style. The messages are beautiful; sometimes sad, sometimes funny, always moving. It is about how the dying live through their impending death and how the living learn about life and death through helping the dying.

If you are concerned about "gory details" this book is not medically graphic or confusing. Describing complex illnesses and medical procedures is not the focus of this book. The author explains a few things when it is necessary. And there is nothing crass or graphic about what she describes.

What I now know for sure is if I or a loved one required hospice type care, I cannot hope for a better companion than a nurse of the author's calibre. What a gift (as the author will point out) we give each other, to allow another human being into this most important part of one's existence. And now she is sharing her gift with the rest of us.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Costello on February 18, 2013
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Fawn Hoener has written a book of short chapters that each stand alone, but the whole becomes a developing picture of her life of experiences and how her work as a hospice nurse has touched her. She writes simply, and to the point, and the stories are devastating in their beauty and poignancy.

These are not stories of great men and women, heroes and celebrities, but rather tales of the courage required to face everyday events, such as the illness and death of family members. They are a reminder to me that everyone has a story, and that making assumptions about people is a foolish game. To see the light in people, all people, is a gift. To help people to find their own light when things look dark, that may be Fawn's gift. But for sure, writing these stories for other people to read...that was a gift to me.

I am so happy to have found this little book.
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This is a beautifully written and inspiring book. Fawn Hoener is an intelligent and gentle soul with a view of life and living that is heartfelt and inspirational. The book may bring tears and smiles. I read the book from start to finish but the stories can be read in any order. They are separate but interconnected because of Fawn and her place in each tale. This is a book of strength and courage from someone who shares living and dying each day with people of amazing brilliance and character. Wow! I will read this again and again.
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I loved this book! My daughter is considering becoming a family doctor and is doing a hospice internship this summer, so I bought it for her. However, I snagged it to read first and it is one of the most beautifully written and thought-inspiring books I've read. I will likely buy a few more for gifts. The words read as poetry sometimes and I felt as if I were there in the story. It also admittedly opened my eyes to why someone would prefer to be a nurse to a doctor. The human connection and interactions were tangible. Really, really terrific book. I found it via a blog, that mentioned Fawn's blog, and then buried (definitely not overtly advertised) on there I located the title of the book. So happy to have found this treasure. I think it should be required reading for those in the medical field because of the intimate and personal nature that caring for sick people truly is. Beautifully written book. A gift really. Thank you!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Hollander on October 28, 2013
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A very compelling book with stories that show much empathy for a hospice nurse for her patients and for the hospice concept in the continuum of medical care. We'll written.
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