Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The End-of-Life Handbook: A Compassionate Guide to Connecting with and Caring for a Dying Loved One by David B. Feldman, PH.D. and S. Andrew Lasher, Jr., MD

This book has been sitting on my shelf for years, and I finally picked it up and worked my way through it.

It's not easy to talk or even think about end-of-life issues, but this book addresses the kinds of questions that families might have when a loved one is dying.

The titles of the chapters are in the form of questions:
Could the doctors be wrong? (chapter 1)
Who are all of these people? (chapter 2)
What treatments are available? (chapter 3)
...and so on through symptom relief, what to expect as someone dies, and how to say goodbye, etc.

I appreciated that this book addressed not only the physical component of caring for a dying loved one, but also the emotional piece as well. This book also discusses hospice care which I think is a very under-utilized service, or if it is used, a patient is oftentimes admitted very late, so there's not enough time to take advantage of all of the services that hospice has to offer.

Hopefully you won't need the information in this book right now or anytime soon, but if you ever do, know that this is a very helpful guide to read, and that there are answers to your questions.

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