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Hospice, Humor, Music and More: A Volunteer's Perspective Paperback – August 15, 2012
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About the Author
Jack E. Kile, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. For 35 years, he was a teacher and clinical audiologist serving hearing-impaired individuals of all ages, some with multiple disabilities and life-threatening conditions, and was actively involved with family support. Dr. Kile received a number of professional awards for his teaching and clinical work, including the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Distinguished Teaching Award, Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), ASHA's Outstanding Clinical Achievement Award for Wisconsin and the Honors of the the Wisconsin Speech-Language-Hearing Association. For the past six years, Dr. Kile has been a hospice volunteer with the role of providing emotional support for patients and their families. In addition to professional experience serving people with illness and disability, he brings a sense of humor and love of music and song to his hospice work. He frequently gives presentations to church, health care, retirement, service and volunteer groups.
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The reader will be richly rewarded by Jack's unique viewpoint and the myriad souls he brings to light. I am grateful for having read the book and feel that I have been blessed by what he has written.
It is a heartwarming account of the use of music and humor to enrich the lives of others and to be a common tool to connect with each other. It is a tender account of the patients the author met while volunteering at hospice.
This is a book one can read repeatedly and every time can find new insights of how to face life's challenges with a smile on your face, a tune on your lips, and a trust in God.
The book would make a great gift for that special or potental hospice volunteer.
Long before Jack became a hospice volunteer, he began honing his skill to entertain audiences of his barbershop quartet. Showmanship is a learned process and Jack has become a master. He applies this same craft to his hospice work where he reads the patient and adjusts delivery.
“Hospice, Humor, Music and More—A Volunteer’s Perspective” is the next best thing to shadowing Jack Kile in person. He gives us a rare opportunity to walk in his shoes, teaching us how to give the gifts of celebration, joy and peace to ease the journey for those making the transition.
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