None of us likes to think about what our last days will be like. But if we do think about them at all, we want them to be full of peace and tranquillity, with the chance to say proper goodbyes to those we love. Life in a Hospice takes readers behind the scenes of end-of-life care, to see the very great efforts of nurses and others to provide the calm that we all hope for.
This might sound like a depressing book, but on the contrary, readers have found it to be inspiring and uplifting.
‘An easy-to-read book, which will surprise many readers with its lightness of touch, humanity and refreshing tone. I would recommend it to anyone who has worries about their own or a relative’s care at the end of life.’
Dr Nansi-Wynne Evans, GP
‘The simple reflections on complex areas of care resonate long after you have finished reading the book.’
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Ann Richardson has been a writer for many years. She is fascinated by other people’s thoughts, experiences and emotions and loves to write books where they can express their views in their own words.
She writes on different subjects that capture her interest for one reason or another. A book about people living with AIDS or HIV at a time when there was no cure (Wise Before Their Time, Foreword by Sir Ian McKellen) has just been re-launched. A book about what it is like to work in end-of-life care (Life in a Hospice, Foreword by Tony Benn) was re-launched earlier this year. Her most recent new book is about how it feels to be a grandmother (Celebrating Grandmothers).
Ann lives in London, England, as do her two children and two grandsons. Please visit her website www.annrichardson.co.uk
Hospice staff are only too aware that they need to give their all to the job. And they need to do it right, first time, especially when someone is actually dying. This is often compared to the other end of life, being born, as explained by this nurse:
Life in a Hospice: Reflections on Caring for the Dying
The way I look at it, you get one shot at this. It’s the same as midwifery – it’s not like you can go back and do it again. They die once and you have to get it right. You can’t sit there and say ‘I’m sorry, I got that a bit wrong, can we do that again?’ What you do, these relatives will remember for the rest of their lives. If you cock up or if you come across wrong at all, that is what they’re going to carry with them. It can be a heavy responsibility.