The Final Act of Living: Reflections of a Long-Time Hospice Nurse
In this full length book with a newly updated preface, Barbara Karnes shares her insights and experiences gathered over decades of working with people during their final act of living. For both professionals and lay people, this book weaves personal stories with practical care guidelines, including: living with a life threatening illness, signs of the dying process, the stages of grief, living wills, and other end of life issues.
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.
Barbara wrote this book following years of being a hospice nurse at the bedside of hundreds of people in the months to moments before death. From the stories and experiences she shares, you will see that death doesn't just happen, there is an unfolding; there is a process to dying.
The Final Act of Living is used as:
*A resource on end of life for palliative care nurses
*A training handbook for hospice nurses and volunteers
*A reference book for anyone working with end of life issues:
Lay ministers, social workers, counselors, nurses, chaplains
*An easy read for anyone interested in dying and grief
*A text book in college and university classes,
CNA training, social work and LPN/RN classes
This material may be described as an “end of life book” however, as the title states, its content and philosophy is all about The Final Act of Living.