Living at the End of Life: A Hospice Nurse Addresses the Most Common Questions
  • Living at the End of Life: A Hospice Nurse Addresses the Most Common Questions
  • Living at the End of Life: A Hospice Nurse Addresses the Most Common Questions

Living at the End of Life: A Hospice Nurse Addresses the Most Common Questions

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by Karen Whitley Bell
     
 

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What’s going to happen? How will we manage? There are things I still want to do. I’m afraid…

As death approaches, both patient and family must cope with grief, pain, and seemingly unanswerable questions. It’s a time of challenge, of concerns. But, as hospice nurse Karen Whitley Bell reminds us, it also offers an opportunity to explore

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What’s going to happen? How will we manage? There are things I still want to do. I’m afraid…

As death approaches, both patient and family must cope with grief, pain, and seemingly unanswerable questions. It’s a time of challenge, of concerns. But, as hospice nurse Karen Whitley Bell reminds us, it also offers an opportunity to explore and rediscover the fuller, richer meaning of life.

Drawing on her years of experience, Bell has created a comprehensive, insightful guide to every aspect of hospice care and the final stages of life. She discusses the physical, emotional, and spiritual journey a dying person goes through; care-giving during this difficult period; closure, and loss and the lessons it teaches us. In addition to her warm, yet knowledgeable voice, readers get firsthand accounts of experiences in hospice care, making Living at the End of Life accessible, reassuring, and indispensable.

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Publishers Weekly - Library Journal
Starred Review.

As a hospice nurse for 16 years, Bell understands the concept of a "good death." A daily witness to fatal illness and end-of-life moments, Bell's powerful message is aimed at making sure the final months or days of a patient are well-lived, marked by peace, comfort, and a chance to say goodbye. Illustrating the tenets and benefits of palliative care with firsthand accounts of her patients, Bell manages, as stated by American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine co-founder Charles G. Sasser in his foreword, to place readers "at bedsides during one of the most intimate of life's dramas." As such, she delivers a wealth of useful information on pain management, choosing a hospice and general day-to-day care giving in a powerful, hard-to-forget way. Straightforward and empathetic, with an easy-to-navigate style, Bell details what to expect in both physical and spiritual terms, including practical considerations as well as ways to find closure and cope with loss.
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"Straightforward and empathetic, with an easy-to-navigate style, Bell details what to expect in both physical and spiritual terms, including practical considerations as well as ways to find closure and cope with loss."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“This book is rich in stories, generous, full of wisdom, organized to serve the needs of those facing their own final journeys or those of their loved ones. This is the book we have been waiting for without knowing it would ever exist.”--Patrick Clary, MD, author of Dying for Beginners

“Karen Bell has written a truly comprehensive guide for those facing the end of life. If she has missed any important question that needs to be asked, I can't think of one. Living at the End of Life is well organized so the reader can find any topic quickly. I especially like how she touches all the bases with stories, resources and suggestions on everything from practical hints for preparing food to the bigger emotional and spiritual issues. Everyone dealing with a terminal disease needs this book.”--Hank Dunn, author of Hard Choices for Loving People

“Many people are afraid of dying and do not know what to expect in the final months and days of life. This important book takes aim at ameliorating those fears by shedding light on some of the most common concerns and revealing what should be expected from the healthcare system.”--Scott A. Irwin, MD, PhD, director, Palliative Care Psychiatry Program, The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice

“This guide not only offers a wealth of useful information, it also provides insight into how the waning weeks or months of life can be a time full of hope, laughter, healing, and even growth.”--Rick Warren, APRN, BC, Providence Connections

“This is the most comprehensive guide that I have seen in my over thirty years of providing and overseeing hospice care. Definitely a gift!”--Barb Farmer RN, CHPCA, program manager, legacy hospice services board member, Oregon Hospice Association

“This is the book I've wanted to write for years, only better. In clear, accessible language, Living at the End of Life answers all the questions my patients ask. I plan to make it part of my practice.”--Nancy S. Boutin, MD, Medical Director Salem Cancer Institute and former hospice medical director

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402768385
Publisher:
Sterling Ethos
Publication date:
01/05/2010
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Karen Whitley Bell, R.N., CHPN, is a hospice nurse with over fourteen years of experience. She lives in Seattle, where she advocates for the rights of the dying and the advancement of hospice care.

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