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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.
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.
A good death is relative to the culture. In "Legends of the Fall", the narrator, a Native American, in the 1800's, felt the death of the main character by a Grizzly bear, was "a good death".