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The Needs of the Dying: A Guide for Bringing Hope, Comfort, and Love to Life's Final Chapter Paperback – January 9, 2007
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About the Author
David Kessler, coauthor, with Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, of Life Lessons and On Grief and Grieving, has helped thousands face death with peace, dignity, and courage, including the late Anthony Perkins and Michael Landon. His services have been used by Elizabeth Taylor, Carrie Fisher, and Marianne Williamson when their loved ones faced death. He lives in Los Angeles.
- ASIN : 0061137596
- Publisher : Harper Perennial; 10th Anniversary ed. edition (January 9, 2007)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780061137594
- ISBN-13 : 978-0061137594
- Item Weight : 7.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 8.06 x 5.32 x 0.6 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #119,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book was a true godsend to me as the caregiver, for navigating the emotional minefield that accompanies home hospice care. Focusing on the emotional needs of the dying, it helps the living understand what is happening. It helps the caregiver meet the emotional needs of both the person being cared for and themselves.
If you only read one book when a loved one makes the decision to do hospice, then read this one. Other books focus on the nuts and bolts of 'doing' i.e. how to get the best care, how to handle the paperwork, etc. This book focuses on 'feeling', on handling the emotions of those facing death and dying. You'll need it. Order it first as it will really, really help.
If you wonder what to do for someone who is dying . . .
If a friend is close to someone who is dying, and you wonder how to help . . .
If you are dying, and wonder how to handle it . . .
If you think you might one day be in one of these situations . . .
This book is essential reading.
I came looking for Jane Brady's new book "Guide to the Great Beyond", and Amazon pointed out that I might be interested in this one, too. I bought and read them both -- and so should you. As advertised on their covers, Brody's is the "practical primer", Kessler brings a "guide for bringing hope." Brody has the how-to, what-to, Kessler has wisdom and heart. If you can only get one, this is it - without wisdom and heart, what else matters?