The Bottom Line
- Offers insight into what a dying person experiences through real stories
- Provides those who are losing a loved one possible explanations of confusing behavior
- Brief but moving stories keep readers engaged from beginning to end
- Non-Christians may feel alienated by the predominately Christian view on spirituality near death
- Authors: Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley
- Publisher: Bantam Books
- Year Published: 1992
- ISBN 0-553-37876-7
- Soft Cover Price: $17.00 (US)
- 239 Pages
Guide Review - Book Review: Final Gifts
Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communication of the Dying draws on the authors' 57 years of combined experience caring for the dying -- experience that is priceless for those of us who are facing death for the first time. Poignant stories of real patients and their loved ones paint us a picture of what the dying so desperately want us to know.
The last chapter provides practical uses and tips to applying them in your particular situation. It even includes a section for professional caregivers, and I'm certain I will be applying all of the tips in my practice.
And if your wondering, my patient did go "home" that evening. He died just hours after I left.