Final Gifts

Final Gifts

Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the Dying

Book - 2008
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Five years after its first publication, with more than 150,000 copies in print, Final Gifts has become a classic. In this moving and compassionate book, hospice nurses Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley share their intimate experiences with patients at the end of life, drawn from more than twenty years experience tending the terminally ill.

Through their stories we come to appreciate the near-miraculous ways in which the dying communicate their needs, reveal their feelings, and even choreograph their own final moments; we also discover the gifts--of wisdom, faith, and love--that the dying leave for the living to share.

Filled with practical advice on responding to the requests of the dying and helping them prepare emotionally and spiritually for death, Final Gifts shows how we can help the dying person live fully to the very end.
Publisher: New York, NY : Bantam, 2008, c1992
ISBN: 9780553378764
0553378767
9780533378764
Branch Call Number: 155 .937 CAL
Characteristics: x, 239 p. ;,21 cm
Additional Contributors: Kelley, Patricia 1945-

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shagregoire
Mar 05, 2017

Read this book years ago and have found the info to be true and very helpful before, during, and after the anxious time prior to a loved one's passing. Incredible insight by these nurses. Truly a book about gifts that can be given, received, and shared during this important process. I recommend this book to everyone, whether you are unable to be close to a loved one for any reason, or if you are lucky enough to be an active participant in someone's journey. The information will be comforting to all involved. 5 stars.

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debring
Jan 20, 2016

Excellent book for people thinking about their lives and their deaths. Helps demystify the process of dying. Readable

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AndrewG_pdx
Dec 21, 2013

Well written by several people who know what they are talking about. I recommend it for friends & family members who can discover how very little there is to fear, for themselves and for their loved ones.

I also recommend it to those considering 'sitting with the dying' as a vocation (paid or volunteer) to give depth and breadth to their own experience based understanding.

This book is always available in the Plane Tree Health Information Center @ Cupertino Library. GL 100 C 1992

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savvyreader1
Mar 02, 2013

I found this to be an excellent source of information as to what the dying person is feeling and experiencing during the last months and weeks of life. It prepared me in a way I had not expected, to know when and how to talk about death with my loved one. And, really, knowledge is power.I found it wasn't all that frightening. Still sad, but no longer scary.

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