End of Life Guideline Series

A Compilation of Barbara Karnes Booklets

Author: Barbara Karnes

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780983784142


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When you or someone you know has been told by a physician that they have a disease that may not be treatable or if treatment is an option where the chances of cure or remission are slim, life as we know it changes instantly. We enter a phase of life that we have no preparation for. No one tell us how to live with a life threatening illness or what to expect when cure is no longer possible and we are dealing with the ending of life.The End of Life Guideline Series is a compilation of Barbara Karnes' four booklets on end of life. Beginning with the guidance A Time To Life offers to a person who has been diagnosed with a life threatening illness. The End of Life Guideline Series progresses to Gone From My Sight , The Hospice Blue Book, which explains the signs of approaching death that begin months before death from disease and leads a family to the moment of death.The Eleventh Hour offers information, ideas and support for a caregiver/family member who are often alone as their loved one is dying, on how to care for a person in the hours to minutes before death and just after.The final section of this complication is an exploration of the normal grieving process. What are the emotions and feelings that will surface as we grieve the loss of someone we care about and how will those emotions show themselves?The aim of this series is to neutralize some of the fear that an unpredictable future may bring. Knowledge of the dying process and it's natural and normal unfolding can help create a meaningful and comforting experience as a loved one journeys from life. It is written in a simple, direct yet gentle manner. Following a death we often have questions about the disease progression and concerned memories. The End of Life Guideline Series gives knowledge of the natural, normal process of dying and grief. You can find comfort in it's knowledge even if someone you care about has died years before.

Being Mortal

Medicine and What Matters in the End

Author: Atul Gawande

Publisher: Metropolitan Books

ISBN: 1627790551

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs. Hospitals isolate the dying, checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot. Doctors, committed to extending life, continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering. Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession's ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person's last weeks or months may be rich and dignified. Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, Being Mortal asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end.

Living at the End of Life

A Hospice Nurse Addresses the Most Common Questions

Author: Karen Whitley Bell

Publisher: Sterling Publishing (NY)

ISBN: 9781454928393

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 280

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This warm and informative resource on hospice and other end-of-life care options gets an update, with a new preface and revised guidance on long-term care and support, recommendations on pain medications, and advice for those living extended lives with treatable, but not curable, diseases. Written by a hospice nurse, this insightful book reassures us that this difficult time also offers an opportunity to explore a richer meaning in life.

The Final Act of Living

Author: Barbara Karnes

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780962160301

Category: Death

Page: 259

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The author of Gone From My Sight, My Friend, I Care and A Time To Live, shares her insights and perceptions from years of working with people during the final act of living.Now her lectures and ideas have been put on paper. This book is written in a simple, yet gentle style as it explores the signs of approaching death from disease, the normal grieving process, living wills, Durable Power of Attorney and other end of life issues.

Peaceful Passages

A Hospice Nurse's Stories of Dying Well

Author: Janet Wehr

Publisher: Quest Books

ISBN: 0835631923

Category: Social Science

Page: 232

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Joy is a word rarely associated with death. Yet joy is ultimately the effect in this collection of stories about Janet Wehr’s experiences in witnessing the death of her patients during her fifteen years as a hospice nurse. Her first-hand account gives illuminating and comforting insight into the spiritual aspect of what occurs in the transition between life and death, highlighting the importance of the mind-body-spirit connection as it manifests in the dying process. It also gives a candid impression of hospices and hospice nurses and the services they can provide. All of Janet’s forty-six personal stories are true, fascinating, heart-felt, and thought-provoking. Through her authentic examples, readers gain understanding, hope, and a sense of peace about what is, after all, an inevitable experience for us all. And with that sense of peace, comes joy. This book is endorsed by the President of Hospice of America and will be used as a training manual by that organization.

Return from Tomorrow

Author: George G. Ritchie,Elizabeth Sherrill

Publisher: Chosen Books

ISBN: 1441200088

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 144

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At the age of twenty, George Ritchie died in an Army hospital. Nine minutes later, he returned to life. What happened to him during those minutes was so compelling that it changed his life forever. In Return from Tomorrow, Ritchie tells of his transforming encounter with the Son of God, who led him to encounters with other nonphysical beings at the very doorway of eternity. Ritchie's extraordinary experience not only altered his view of eternity, but it has also altered the lives of hundreds of thousands of readers. One of the most startling and hopeful descriptions of the realm beyond, this classic will inspire readers from all walks of life. It includes a brand-new preface from Elizabeth Sherrill.

With the End in Mind

Dying, Death, and Wisdom in an Age of Denial

Author: Kathryn Mannix

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 031650453X

Category: Self-Help

Page: 352

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For readers of Atul Gawande and Paul Kalanithi, a palliative care doctor's breathtaking stories from 30 years spent caring for the dying. Modern medical technology is allowing us to live longer and fuller lives than ever before. And for the most part, that is good news. But with changes in the way we understand medicine come changes in the way we understand death. Once a familiar and gentle process, death has come to be something from which we shy away, preferring to fight it desperately than to accept its inevitability. Palliative care has a long tradition in Britain, where Dr. Kathryn Mannix has practiced it for 30 years. In this book, she shares beautifully crafted stories from a lifetime of caring for the dying. With insightful meditations on life, death, and the space between them, With the End in Mind describes the possibility of meeting death gently, with forethought and preparation, and shows the unexpected beauty, dignity, and profound humanity of life coming to an end.


Author: Elie Wiesel

Publisher: Hill and Wang

ISBN: 1466805366

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 144

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A New Translation From The French By Marion Wiesel Night is Elie Wiesel's masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translation by Marion Wiesel, Elie's wife and frequent translator, presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author's original intent. And in a substantive new preface, Elie reflects on the enduring importance of Night and his lifelong, passionate dedication to ensuring that the world never forgets man's capacity for inhumanity to man. Night offers much more than a litany of the daily terrors, everyday perversions, and rampant sadism at Auschwitz and Buchenwald; it also eloquently addresses many of the philosophical as well as personal questions implicit in any serious consideration of what the Holocaust was, what it meant, and what its legacy is and will be.

Knowledge Reduces Fear

A Reasource for End of Life Education

Author: Barbara Karnes

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780983784135


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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 an easy to read printed collection of the articles, hence the compilations.Barbara Karnes, RN is an award winning hospice nurse, award winning educator, 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 fear and misinformation about dying and death. Barbara's 30-year career as an end of life educator is predicated on her experience at the bedside of hundreds of people in the months, weeks, and minutes before death as well as being involved in the care of thousands of terminally ill people. Today she fulfills her passion for end of life education through writing and speaking to the community. Previously she worked as executive director of hospice and home health agencies as well as having worked through the hospice ranks as patient care manager, clinical director, staff nurse, and volunteer.

To Heaven and Back

A Doctor's Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again

Author: Mary C Neal

Publisher: Authentic Media Inc

ISBN: 1780780540

Category: Religion

Page: 116

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A doctor's account of her own experience of death, heaven and return to life with a new realization of her purpose on earth. Dr Mary Neal, an orthopaedic surgeon, was on a kayaking holiday in Chile. Sceptical of near death experiences, she was to have her life transformed when her kayak became wedged in rocks at the bottom of a waterfall and was underwater for so long that her heart stopped.To Heaven And Back is Mary's faith-enriching story of her spiritual journey, her first-hand experience of heaven and its continuing life-enhancing effects.

Visions, Trips, and Crowded Rooms

Author: David Kessler

Publisher: Hay House, Inc

ISBN: 9781401928506

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 163

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David Kessler, one of the most renowned experts on death and grief, takes on three uniquely shared experiences that challenge our ability to explain and fully understand the mystery of our final days. The first is "visions." As the dying lose sight of this world, some people appear to be looking into the world to come. The second shared experience is getting ready for a "trip." These trips may seem to us to be all about leaving, but for the dying, they may be about arriving. Finally, the third phenomenon is "crowded rooms." The dying often talk about seeing a room full of people, as they constantly repeat the word crowded. In truth, we never die alone. Just as loving hands greeted us when we were born, so will loving arms embrace us when we die. In the tapestry of life and death, we may begin to see connections to the past that we missed in life. While death may look like a loss to the living, the last hours of a dying person may be filled not with emptiness, but rather with fullness. In this fascinating book, David brings us stunning stories from the bedsides of the dying that will educate, enlighten, and comfort us all.

What Every Person Should Know About War

Author: Chris Hedges

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781416583141

Category: History

Page: 192

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Acclaimed New York Times journalist and author Chris Hedges offers a critical -- and fascinating -- lesson in the dangerous realities of our age: a stark look at the effects of war on combatants. Utterly lacking in rhetoric or dogma, this manual relies instead on bare fact, frank description, and a spare question-and-answer format. Hedges allows U.S. military documentation of the brutalizing physical and psychological consequences of combat to speak for itself. Hedges poses dozens of questions that young soldiers might ask about combat, and then answers them by quoting from medical and psychological studies. • What are my chances of being wounded or killed if we go to war? • What does it feel like to get shot? • What do artillery shells do to you? • What is the most painful way to get wounded? • Will I be afraid? • What could happen to me in a nuclear attack? • What does it feel like to kill someone? • Can I withstand torture? • What are the long-term consequences of combat stress? • What will happen to my body after I die? This profound and devastating portrayal of the horrors to which we subject our armed forces stands as a ringing indictment of the glorification of war and the concealment of its barbarity.

Surprised by Joy

The Shape of My Early Life

Author: Clive Staples Lewis

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780151001859

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 230

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First published in 1955, the classic autobiography of the literary scholar and children's author recounts his journey from a youthful atheism to a thoughtful Christianity, his experiences in World War I, and his introduction to Oxford.

Dying: A Memoir

Author: Cory Taylor

Publisher: Tin House Books

ISBN: 1941040713

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 152

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"Bracing and beautiful . . . Every human should read it." —The New York Times A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice At the age of sixty, Cory Taylor is dying of melanoma-related brain cancer. Her illness is no longer treatable: she now weighs less than her neighbor’s retriever. As her body weakens, she describes the experience—the vulnerability and strength, the courage and humility, the anger and acceptance—of knowing she will soon die. Written in the space of a few weeks, in a tremendous creative surge, this powerful and beautiful memoir is a clear-eyed account of what dying teaches: Taylor describes the tangle of her feelings, remembers the lives and deaths of her parents, and examines why she would like to be able to choose the circumstances of her death. Taylor’s last words offer a vocabulary for readers to speak about the most difficult thing any of us will face. And while Dying: A Memoir is a deeply affecting meditation on death, it is also a funny and wise tribute to life.

I Am Standing Upon the Seashore

A Coloring Book

Author: Kimberly Jo Karnes

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780983784111


Page: N.A

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End of Life education material for children. Henry Van Dyke Poem and coloring booklet. The child in all of us can relate to stories and poems because they often explore and even explain life's mysteries in a way our minds can understand. I Am Standing Upon the Seashore is a coloring book for children of all ages put to the Henry Van Dyke poem on dying.

Living with Dying

A Complete Guide for Caregivers

Author: Jahnna Beecham,Katie Ortlip

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780997330014


Page: N.A

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