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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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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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Simply ok.....did not really pull me in. I was expecting it to have more touching stories, some stories really dd not have much to do with the animalPublished on May 23, 2013 by Tina Bruns
Debra Stang spent years as a hospice social worker. In this book, she shares the stories of the patients she worked with and their beloved pets. Read morePublished on March 23, 2013 by CeeJay
This is, so far, the most touching book I have read in some time. I had to dab my eyes on numerous occasions. Read morePublished on January 25, 2012 by Tara Chevrestt