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Final Journeys

A Practical Guide for Bringing Care and Comfort at the End of Life
Callanan, Maggie (Book - 2008)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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For more than two decades, hospice nurse Maggie Callanan has tended to the terminally ill and been a cornerstone of support for their loved ones. Now the coauthor of the classic bestseller Final Gifts passes along the lessons she has learned from the experts--her patients. Here is the guide we all need to understanding the special needs of the dying and those who care for them. In her work with thousands of families, Maggie Callanan has witnessed the tears, the love--and the confusion and conflict--this final passage can evoke. Now, with honesty, compassion, and even humor, she empowers patients and their families to write the last chapter of their lives with less fear, less pain, and more control--so that all involved can focus their energies on creating the best possible ending. From supporting a husband or wife faced with the loss of a spouse, to helping a dying mother prepare her children to carry on without her, Callanan's poignant stories illustrate new ways to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges of this difficult and precious time. She brings welcome clarity to medical and ethical concerns, explaining what to expect at every stage. Each brief chapter also conveys a home truth about making crucial treatment decisions, supporting the patient's dignity and individuality, and lightening the burden on caregivers. Final Journeys is designed to be your companion, resource, and advocate. From diagnosis through the final hours, it will help you keep the lines of communication open, get the help you need, and create the peaceful end we all hope for.
Authors: Callanan, Maggie
Title: Final journeys
a practical guide for bringing care and comfort at the end of life
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Bantam Books, 2008
Characteristics: ix, 335 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Maggie Callanan
ISBN: 0553803670
Branch Call Number: 616.029 C156f 2008
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Terminally ill Family relationships Terminal care Palliative treatment
Topical Term: Terminally ill
Terminal care
Palliative treatment
LCCN: 2007042077
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"'Final Journeys' distills all the 'tricks of the trade' that I've learned since 1981 as a hospice nurse who has been privileged to care for more than two thousand dying people and their families. I hope it will be your companion and your advocate, a source of understanding and support throu... Read More »

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Dec 26, 2011
  • Bonkz rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Everyone should have a copy of this book to assist in preparation of a loved one's death due to terminal illness. It is the "What to expect when expecting" version for death. Moving, well written personal anecdotes by the author make it meaningful and easy to understand and relate to. It definitely helped me with the final days of my friend's final journey.


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