If you arrived at this page via an internet search, you may seeking information and opinions about hospice. Maybe someone you love has recently been diagnosed with a serious medical condition or has been given a terminal diagnosis.
This site and others can suggest things to be concerned about as your loved one faces the possibility of death. Your hospice team members can offer huge amounts of guidance and counsel. But it’s a good idea to collect as much input regarding death and dying as possible beforehand.
In addition to surfing the net for articles and postings about death, hospice and other end-of-life concerns, look to books. Your local library or bookstore will have relevant books that contain meaningful content from caregivers, hospice personnel, doctors, family members and others who can provide insight.
Online booksellers such as Amazon offer a long list of such books, available in print copies or as downloads to Kindle, Nook, iPad or other electronic devices.
Hope Hospice always advises those who have received a terminal diagnosis to reach out to a hospice agency as soon as possible. Similarly, it’s a good idea to become informed about death and the dying process earlier, rather than later.
Here are a handful of titles you might want to consider:
Final Gifts, Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the Dying by hospice nurses Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley (published 1997)
Dying Well, Peace and Possibilities at the End of Life, by Dr. Ira Byock (published 1998)
At the End of Life, True Stories About How We Die, edited by Lee Gutkind (published 2012)
On Death and Dying: What the Dying Have to Teach Doctors, Nurses, Clergy and Their Own Families, by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, M.D. (published 1969)
Remember, the time to read these books is now. Your loved one may have years left or she/he may have weeks. The process of dying is made up of many elements. The more you know, the better for you and your loved one.