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Life in a Hospice: Reflections on caring for the dying Kindle Edition
End of life care at its best
Dying, it’s an uncomfortable topic. None of us likes to think about what our last days will be like. But if we do think about them at all, we want them to be full of peace and tranquillity, with the chance to say proper goodbyes to those we love. Life in a Hospice takes you behind the scenes in end-of-life care, where you will see the enormous efforts of nurses, doctors, chaplains and others - even a thoughtful cook - to provide the calm that we all hope for.
Perhaps you are looking for end-of-life care for someone you love. Perhaps you are wondering if this is the job for you. Or you just feel like being inspired by humanity at its best. This book will be for you.
HIGHLY COMMENDED by the British Medical Association, 2008
"The simple reflections on complex areas of care resonate long after you have finished reading the book." Cancer Nursing Forum Newsletter, Royal College of Nursing
"An easy-to-read book, which will surprise many readers with its lightness of touch, humanity and refreshing tone. I would recommend it to anyone who has worries about their own or a relative’s care at the end of life." Dr Nansi-Wynne Evans, GP, BMA Medical Book Competition
About the Author
- ASIN : B06XKJ2MCN
- Publisher : Glenmore Press; 2nd edition (March 12, 2017)
- Publication date : March 12, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 693 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 170 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #541,360 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #3 in Palliative Care
- #36 in Nurse & Patient
- #37 in Physician & Patient Hospice Care
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No one wants to think about death, so I give the staff at Hospice a lot of credit for doing what they do. I was particularly interested in how they handled people of different backgrounds. It seemed to complicate things mostly, especially when that person doesn't speak English. People of different religious and ethnic backgrounds deal with death very differently. I must admit, i became choked up when thinking about those people and their families in denial. Death becomes even more sad when the person is not ready to go and the family is not ready to let them go and can't face up to it.
Overall, a great Hospice-advocacy book but more than that because Ann takes great pains in showing how the places are run and how the staff deal with death on an almost daily basis.
There's no getting around the fact that death is sad, no matter the age of the departed. I'm not sure how well I'd do working in an environment like that so I'm glad to know there are those that can deal with death and the dying in a professional, and caring manner.
This book delves into the physical and practical needs of hospice care and although it is somber subject matter it was well presented.
Coming from the UK, I was surprised at the number of people using these services. When you start to think of two hundred thousand people as less than 50% of the recipients it starts to feel more real.
The book makes you appreciate the hospice workers and It’s not that I couldn't do their job but I would rather not.
It's not until you read a book like this, that you think of all the people involved in the process, from counselors and nurses to chaplains, volunteers, consultants & occupational therapists.
The book provided some interesting insights into hospice life, from large bouts of laughter (although as a laughter yoga practitioner I can see the benefits of laughter) to the differences between the night and day experiences in hospices.
A Very comprehensive and interesting book.
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Ann Richardson, the author, has written, "All of my books are based on the individual words of people, talking about their lives." The book consists of recorded conversations which make for easy, fluid reading, and authenticity, at the same time raising the key issues that are essential to understanding the hospice world.
The book is divided into four parts:
1. The work of hospices including the differences between hospitals and hospices, the needs of relatives as well as patients, recognising terminal stages, respecting the wishes of patients. (Some of these were confirmed by my own experiences).
2. Tricky issues and difficulties such as families in denial, or neglectful families. (Very illuminating accounts from doctors through to chefs).
3. Motivation and rewards which answer the question- What makes the work worthwhile? "Privileged to do such work" appears a lot in this section.
4. Reflections on Working in a Hospice including the qualities required by a hospice worker: patience, being tough, having a sense of humour, imagination to feel what the patient has endured and so on.
There are three certainties in life: Birth, Taxes and Death. Here in the Western world much time is devoted to preparing for "Birth". Death is generally ignored till it happens. Yet we all have to pass through the portals of death. I would therefore highly recommend this book to everyone.
Last but not least, I regard this as an excellent handbook for anyone facing the death of a loved one.
These are true life conversations that the author has had with people who work in hospices. These angels of mercy share their thoughts and feelings about their jobs and enlarge on the kind of end-of-life care that we don't really want to think about until it's our turn to undergo it. These conversations amongst others include care of the dying person, pain relief, dealing with relatives, and even how the body is prepared after death.
It's not all doom and gloom. Staff try to give the patients hope and encourage them to pursue their hobbies, and do not talk about death if the patient does not want to know. This type of work is obviously a vocation, and we must be thankful for these people who want to make our passage out of this world as easy as possible. All aspects of working in a hospice are discussed, and this book could also serve as an educational tool.
I have several relatives whose end-of-life experiences were in hospices, and when it comes to the dying process I personally am in favour of hospices over hospitals, as the staff are less rushed and have more time to care for the patient. Nobody runs around like headless chickens in hospices (as staff tend to do on hospital wards), and there is an overall sense of peace and serenity.
I award this book 5 stars!