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) was re-launched in late 2017. 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 that 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
People often ask what palliative care is. It is about caring for the person and responding to his or her individual needs. Here, a doctor compares the work to that of a surgeon, who may have a quick solution ('cut it off') but spends less time on how the patient feels:
Life in a Hospice: Reflections on Caring for the Dying
It’s being able to practise medicine in a holistic way, where you do look at physical symptoms, but also the social, spiritual, psychological care of the patient. A surgeon just wants to go there, cut it off – and that’s it. But someone’s got to be there when the patient comes round – look at the pain, how are they feeling, how are they going to cope at home? That’s what palliative care is about, not just the problem there, but other things relating to it. You have time to care for the patient as a person, not as a case – it’s more humane, it’s more down-to-earth.