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Book Title: Changing the Way We Die: Compassionate End of Life Care and The Hospice Movement|
The author of the book: Fran Smith
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 5.76 MB
Edition: Viva Editions
Date of issue: October 28th 2013
ISBN 13: 9781936740604
Read full description of the books Changing the Way We Die: Compassionate End of Life Care and The Hospice Movement:At this point in my life I have been facing some major decisions and most are very difficult. Many have to do with my elderly grandmother that is suffering from the disease known as Alzheimer's. It has destroyed both her mind and her spirit and has left a shell of a being that we hardly recognize. At this moment in time we are in the process of preparing her for hospice. In desperation I have sought out information from my local library, since my other relatives are deceased. I never thought that I would have to make end of life decisions for a grandparent at the age of 35. This book has been a tremendous help for me and has allowed me to ask questions of both the home health nurse and hospice nurse.
It has brought comfort in the idea that I know that my grandmother will be given an opportunity to transition with dignity. I support the concept that elders should be allowed to pass away in their home if possible. If you have a loved one that is entering the hospice program than this book is a must read. There is so much stress involved when it comes to the end of stage life, that it really helps to have some extra advice on the side. Death does not have to be scary for either the family or the person transitioning. I highly recommend this book to both caregivers and family members.
Read information about the authorI am a writer, editor, writing coach, mother, Labradoodle owner, and tap dancer.
My new book, Changing the Way We Die, grew out of a conversation with my old friend and former newspaper colleague, Sheila Himmel. Our fathers had recently died -- hers in hospice care, mine in a hospital. We talked about the difference that hospice care can make. That set us on a nearly three-year journey to understand the experiences of people on the giving and the receiving ends of hospice care and the choices that patients and families can make to avoid needless suffering and live life until the end. Along the way we realized that engaging this topic does not have to be depressing. For us, it was uplifting. Even in the late stages of illness there are choices, and they come down to this: What do you want to do with the rest of your life?
I started my professional life as a newspaper reporter, mainly covering health. I then moved into magazine editing, writing coaching, and teaching science writing at U.C. Santa Cruz. For the past 10 years, I have been an independent writer, editor and communications consultant.
I have a bachelor degree from Cornell, a master's from U.C. Berkeley and I spent a glorious year as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford. I live with my husband, daughter, and Labradoodle in New York.
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