The Final Act of Living: Reflections of a Long-Time Hospice Nurse


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The Final Act of Living: Reflections of a Long-Time Hospice Nurse


The Final Act of Living: Reflections of a Long-Time Hospice Nurse is an end of life book, a resource that reads like a novel, yet has the content of a textbook. It is available in hard copy and ebook versions.

Barbara wrote this book following years of not only being at the bedside of hundreds of persons at their moment of death but with them as their hospice nurse in the months before their actual death. From the stories and experiences she shares you will see that death unfolds as a process, within a framework, and doesn't simply happen.

By being at the bedside during a time in our culture when a person dying was usually in the hospital, in a private room and very much alone, Barbara brings to the forefront of our consciousness the dynamics of dying from disease and old age.

We will all be affected by dying, death, and grief at some time in our lives. "The Final Act of Living: Reflections of a Long-time Hospice Nurse" is a book on the end of life that offers knowledge and clarity to ease the fear and misinformation about dying and death. It explores the topics of living with a life threatening illness, fear of death, understanding the signs of approaching death from disease, the dying process, stages of death, the normal grieving process, living wills, and other end of life issues.

The Final Act of Living is used as:
• A resource on end of life issues
• A reference book for everyone working with end of life issues:
  nurses, social workers, chaplains, Lay ministers, counselors, and others
• A textbook in RN/LPN classes, CNA training classes, social
  work classes, college and university classes
• A training handbook for hospice volunteers
• An easy read for anyone interested in dying and grief

This material may be described as an “end of life book,” however as the title states, its content and philosophy are all about “The Final Act of Living.”

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Dear Barbara, I received your wonderful book. "The Final Act of Living"; and your four booklets yesterday. Yes, I would love to share my comments on your website. To begin with, you are the authenticity of a Hospice Nurse! Your writings speak from the heart, with a knowledge so easily understood. I am a hospice nurse working the crisis care team, one-on-one, in their final hours. Our hospice gives out your booklet, "Gone From My Sight (The Dying Experience)" to our families, and it is a real help in explaining what their loved one is going through. I encourge them to read it, and then to ask questions. It is also a big help to our nurses. In closing, I just want to say that I appreciate your expertise, Barbara. Everyone can benefit from your writings, as we are all on a journey! May God richly bless you. Sincerely, Marianna C. Church RN, BSN Eustis, FL
Alma Feliciano Pittsburg, CA
I just wanted to write to you regarding your book. I lost my brother a year ago July 27th. I had a hard time dealing with his death but your book helped me a lot. It helped me prepare myself for his departure. At first I couldn’t see the signs, or maybe I didn’t want to see them. But after my family and I talked and I re-read it I saw the signs of how he left. I felt the most important part, we were all able to tell him it’s O.K. if he’s ready to go it was O.K. ‘cause we didn’t like to see him suffer. I just wanted to thank you for wanting to help people out with your words of wisdom you share. It was a blessing from God to give you the ability and knowledge to have written this book for others who need the help to get through the hardest times in life. I thank you with all my heart.