Ok Now What? - A Caregiver's Guide to What Matters
Authors: Sue Collins, R.N. and Nancy Taylor Robson
What matters most when someone close to you has been diagnosed as terminal? Time and quality of life for both of you. Coping with both the practical and emotional questions of this challenging passage.
We are all just walking each other home, according to Ram Dass. Whether you believe that there is life beyond this one or not, the reality is: our lives here are finite. We are all going to die one day, yet every death is individual -- as is the walk toward that individual death both for the one leaving and for the ones they leave behind. Focusing on what truly matters between human beings while taking care of the business of living at the end of life is what this book is about. It offers practical, experienced-based advice and tips on handling physical changes. It gives you resources for finding help when you need it. But it also tells some of the stories of others who have made this journey as caregivers, as family, friends, partners, spouses and neighbors, stories that will to help calm and encourage you and let you know you are not alone.
"We all need to be coached through the difficult experiences life presents us with by those who have lived the experience. Sue and Nancy's book is what we all need: a guidebook through life's difficulties while truly dealing with what matters and being compassionate to those who are involved. Reading it will help you and your loved ones survive." Bernie Siegel, MD, author of 365 Prescriptions For The Soul and The Art of Healing.
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Sue Collins has been a hospice nurse for over thirty years. In this book, she has shares both the wisdom she had gained from experience along with only a few of the stories of the lives she has touched at the end, when there is no more time for anything but the truth.
Nancy Taylor Robson has sat by the death beds of family and friends, and helped to walk friends through the months and years after a loss. She knows, at least intellectually, that none of us is getting out of here alive.