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Required Reading: Final Gifts

Stria Staff August 31, 2019
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The book was recommended by Lakelyn Hogan, Gerontologist and Caregiver Advocate at Home Instead Senior Care. Read her essay on Stria.

End of life does not get talked about enough, even within the aging community. This book is told from the perspective of two seasoned hospice nurses. Through storytelling, they give practical advice about all aspects of dying (physical, emotional and spiritual) in a moving and compassionate way.

Lakelyn Hogan

Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the Dying 
By Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley

In this moving and compassionate classic—now updated with new material from the authors—hospice nurses Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley share their intimate experiences with patients at the end of life, drawn from more than twenty years’ experience tending the terminally ill. 

Through their stories we come to appreciate the near-miraculous ways in which the dying communicate their needs, reveal their feelings, and even choreograph their own final moments; we also discover the gifts—of wisdom, faith, and love—that the dying leave for the living to share.

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