Hospice Voices: Lessons for Living at the End of Life

Hospice Voices: Lessons for Living at the End of Life

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As a part-time hospice volunteer, Eric Lindner provides companion care to dying strangers. They're chatterboxes and recluses, religious and irreligious, battered by cancer, congestive heart failure, Alzheimer's, old age. Some cling to life amazingly. Most pass as they expected. In telling his story, Lindner reveals the thoughts, fears, and lessons of those living the ends of their lives in the care of others, having exhausted their medical options or ceased treatment for their illnesses. In each chapter, Lindner not only reveals the lessons of lives explored in their final days, but zeroes in on how working for hospice can be incredibly fulfilling. As he's not a doctor, nurse, or professional social worker, just a volunteer lending a hand, offering a respite for other care providers, his charges often reveal more, and in more detail, to him than they do to those with whom they spend the majority of their time. They impart what they feel are life lessons as they reflect on their own lives and the prospect of their last days. Lindner captures it all in his lively storytelling. Anyone who knows or loves someone working through end of life issues, living in hospice or other end of life facilities, or dealing with terminal or chronic illnesses, will find in these pages the wisdom of those who are working through their own end of life issues, tackling life's big questions, and boiling them down into lessons for anyone as they age or face illness. And those who may feel compelled to volunteer to serve as companions will find motivation, inspiration, and encouragement. Rather than sink under the weight of depression, pity, or sorrow, Lindner celebrates the lives of those who choose to live even as they die.

Title:Hospice Voices: Lessons for Living at the End of Life
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781442220591
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    Hospice Voices: Lessons for Living at the End of Life Reviews

  • Jenn

    I was a little hesitant when I first opened this book. I recently lost my mother and I'm very sensitive to issues surrounding death and dying. I kept a box of tissues handy while I was reading and I'm...

  • Teddy

    When I was approached to review Hospice Voices, I jumped at the chance. Since I have been a social worker for many years and worked in group homes while attending university, working or volunteering i...

  • Stacie

    Eric Lindner is looking for a way to give back and decides in 2009, to become a Hospice volunteer. In HOSPICE VOICES, he shares his experiences, his conversations, and the lessons he learned in his ti...

  • Teena in Toronto

    Eric is doing well financially and has a wife and kids. He felt the need to give back and was lucky enough to be able to become a hospice volunteer. Many people in their final days are alone, living i...

  • Anastaciaknits

    Eric Lindner's book is about a few different hospice patients he worked with at the end of their lives. The people he meets up with are all memorable in their different ways.Eric briefly starts his bo...

  • Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)

    Did I enjoy this book: Yes.It wasn’t quite as accessible as I was expecting it to be: Lindner may lose a few readers due solely to his vocabulary choices, but I liked it. Like Lindner, I’ve spent ...

  • Brenda

    As a hospice volunteer Eric Lindner provides companion care to people who are at the end of their life. What a wonderful thing to be able to touch someone's life in their final days, but more than tha...

  • Jael

    I love all kinds of fiction and I have just as much affection for non-fiction -- perhaps even more. With fiction, I use my imagination to bring characters to life. With non-fiction, I'm fascinated how...

  • Claudia

    Looking for insights to help me with my Mom who is in hospice care in her home. The anecdotal approach was helpful - all situations and patients are different. Some very simple points: patients common...

  • Elizabeth7781

    I'd like to thank Mr Lindner for opening my eyes to the volunteer role of hospice companion. I didn't realize there was a name for this, let alone such a need. His stories were sometimes humorous and ...