Knowledge Reduces Fear: A Resource for End of Life Education


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Believing that knowledge reduces fear and that in our society there is considerable lack of knowledge about the normal, natural dying process, Barbara Karnes, RN writes weekly blog articles on end of life issues and answers questions or addresses comments submitted to her web site.  As the number of articles increased so have requests for a printed collection of the easy to read articles, hence the compilations.

Barbara Karnes, RN is an award winning hospice nurse, award winning educator, creator of award winning end of life education materials and nationally prominent speaker on the dynamics of dying. In 1986 she published, “Gone From My Sight: The Dying Experience,” which has been for the caregiver, professional and lay, the primary source material on the signs of approaching death from disease.
Her work has been instrumental in creating one of the most important tools in the hospice movement today: the patient/family educational booklet. Her other booklets are, “A Time to Live: Living with a Life-Threatening Illness,” “The Eleventh Hour; A Caring Guideline for the Hours to Minutes Before Death,” and “My Friend, I Care: The Grief Experience.” Her book, The Final Act of Living: Reflections of a Longtime Hospice Nurse, is a comprehensive end of life resource that offers knowledge to ease the fear of death and misinformation about dying and death. Just released, Multi Award winning New Rules for End of Life Care kit, DVD and booklets, explains how caring for someone at the end of life is different for caring for someone who is going to get better.

Barbara’s blog is one of the ways she reaches the public to help neutralize the fear of death many experience with end of life care. Barbara is the expert who hospice and other healthcare professionals, as well as non healthcare professionals, count on to explain the dying process. We can’t take away the sadness of death. However, talking about death actually alleviates unnecessary pain and stress providing in many ways relief, because knowledge reduces fear.

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