Loving Choices, Peaceful Passing: Why My Family Chose Hospice

Loving Choices, Peaceful Passing: Why My Family Chose Hospice

by Kathleen Vallee Stein

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"It's best when the family decides."

There is no guidebook on when, or how,  to stop treatment of a terminal illness. Offered here is an intimate account of how the myriad end-of-life decisions affect a family. Bob Vallee had the courage to accept his impending death and lived out his final days at home in his daughter’s care. He passed peacefully, in his sleep, twenty-nine days after entering hospice.

At the heart of this deeply reflective narrative about choices in living and dying, the reader finds a story of acceptance, forgiveness, reconciliation, and finally, awe for the fragility of life. 

Peace is a place that lies between what is lost and what still remains. Kathleen Vallee Stein presents a lens-shifting view of role reversal as she steps into the role of caregiver. Her service to her father was a gift of love and gave him the dignity we all deserve in the last moments of our life. Stein’s attention to detail sensitively recaptures events, without falling prey to nostalgia.

Read this book to consider choices you may make for yourself or the ones you love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781732620216
Publisher: Kathleen Vallee Stein
Publication date: 03/04/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 194
File size: 1 MB

Table of Contents

1  Circling the Wagons

2  The Golden Years

3  It's Best When the Family Decides

4  No More Do-It-Yourself

5  The Conversation

6  The Phone Calls

7  The Rest of Your Life

8  Tantrums and Tenderness

9  Home

10 Promises to Keep

11 The Finances

12 The Miracle of Pastor Dan

13 Safe Passage

14 Memorial and Farewell

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