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Guide to Caregiving in the Final Months of Life

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Updated January 28, 2009

The Bottom Line

Caring for someone who is dying is a daunting task -- one that many people find themselves doing without any training or preparation. This booklet offers the basic and most important information a caregiver needs to do the job well.


  • Comprehensive guide for caregivers of dying loved ones.


  • Directed towards those caring for the dying elderly persons but neglects to include younger persons.


  • Author: Betsy Murphy, RN, FNP, CHPN
  • Publisher: TM Brown Publishers, Inc.
  • Year Published: 2007
  • Soft Cover Price: $5 for 1 to 5 books, discounts for bulk orders
  • 64 Pages
  • Website: http://www.GuidetoCaregiving.com

Guide Review - Guide to Caregiving in the Final Months of Life

Betsy Murphy has worked as a hospice nurse for over 23 years and shares her wealth of experience in this great little booklet. She begins by helping readers identify when dying actually begins -- which is usually much sooner than we think -- and goes on to explain why recovery isn't always an option. These two factors are critical to the acceptance of death and are, too often, overlooked.

Murphy then walks readers through the process of dying, offering practical tips to caregivers along the way. She covers some of the most common symptoms a dying person will experience followed by advice for their caregivers to make them as comfortable as possible.

This booklet would be a great addition to the library of hospice nurses and social workers as they help prepare their patients' loved ones for the task of caregiving.

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