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HOSPICE TAILS: The Animal Companions Who Journey With Hospice Patients And Their Families Paperback – May 31, 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Booklocker.com, Inc. (May 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161434261X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1614342618
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,243,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Debra Stang is a fulltime freelance writer who writes fiction and nonfiction about health and mental health issues. Her novel, Visiting Grandma, was published in 2003, and her nonfiction book, Hospice Tails, a collection of stories about hospice patients and their pets was published in June 2011.

Her book Compassionate Cynic: The Life of an ER Social Worker will be out in 2013.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Social Worker on August 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
This easy, enjoyable read should be mandatory reading for all hospice workers! It's not only a great read, but also a great education in bonding with your clients by caring for their pets. The big surprise to me wasn't that the book had many poignant moments, but that it also had many truly funny stories. This author can write. Her fast-moving prose makes this a great read. If you're a social worker...read this book. We never completely understand the families we work with until we understand the pets they love!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Wong VINE VOICE on February 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is one of those gems that you rarely read. Debra L. Stang writes of the wonder of animals and one not quite an animal for hospice patients for people facing their last days. She also shows her own love for people and deep desire to bring smiles and a little bit of happiness.

I hate to spoil this book for you but I wonder if you would read it if didn't! So, I will give you one tiny glimpse of one of the true stories in this little book.

A man with brain cancer could no longer stay home so his family reluctantly put him in a hospice. From then on, he was always so sad. He loved his animals so much and missed them so much. But he especially missed his bay gelding, Lightning. Debra Stang asked his son if they had a picture of Lightning. Yes, they did, his son had brought it to his room. But it made him so sad that he couldn't look at the picture.

The man's cancer got worse and it didn't look like he would make it to his birthday. Family had planned a birthday celebration for him. Debra asked if they could possibly come a little earlier. All the family made it.

He had birthday cards and they all sang to him, he couldn't eat cake or ice cream but they saved the best present for last. His bed was near the window of the room and suddenly everyone heard a whinny. OK, you can guess happened. The man enjoyed a full 15 minutes petting and loving his beloved Lightning. A few days later, he died with a smile on his face.

Each of the stories in this book has feeling of love of people for animals and love from the animals themselves.

Please don't miss this one. I plan to give my copy to my friend who volunteers as a hospice worker but until I reread this tiny book again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristin Jones on December 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
Wow, emotional. Being a pup owner, this story took on a whole different meaning and I became completely entranced by it. Of course as I was reading this gem, my pup, Miss Charlotte was curled up in my lap enjoying an afternoon on the couch with book in hand.

A book full of stories from a hospice nurse when a pet or animal has been involved. Each was unique and fun to read in its own right. From those who couldn't die without being surrounded by their pets to pets that were more of a menace than a comfort - I loved them all.

This book made me even more attached to my pup and how much our lives has changed as she has come in and made it her home too. A book that is perfect for those who have a special pet in their lives and love to hear about how a pet can impact each human in the home.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pentimento on August 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
"Hospice Tails: The Animal Companions Who Journey With Hospice Patients And Their Families" is an absolutely delightful book. It's been said that real life is stranger than fiction. In Stang's hands, real life is also more compelling and engaging than fiction. These stories are rooted in Hospice situations and are both poignant and funny. I got a few interesting glances on the train because I was laughing out loud at times.

The pets in these stories remind us how important pets are to their owners and demonstrate the power animals have to make their humans' lives more comfortable. This is a great read for anyone who loves animals.
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