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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.
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".
I was interested in reading this book because I have an elderly mother, aged 86. She is doing fine, but I am sure the moment will come, sooner or later that I will have to take care of her, so decided to delve into the subject of end-of-life care. Not that I want to work in a hospice, but I would like to get a feeling for what it is like. And well, I was pleasantly surprised that the author Ann Richardson covers all possible subjects. Not only about the caring itself, but also about the daily rhythms, the family, children of those who are about to die, the anxieties. All in all, I can wholeheartedly recommend this book.