Hospice Voices: Lessons For Living At The End Of Life by Eric LindnerHospice Voices: Lessons For Living At The End Of Life by Eric Lindner

Hospice Voices: Lessons For Living At The End Of Life

byEric Lindner

Paperback | August 20, 2015

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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.
Eric Lindner is an attorney and entrepreneur. A hospice volunteer since 2009, he lives outside Warrenton, VA.
Title:Hospice Voices: Lessons For Living At The End Of LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 8.97 × 6.07 × 0.78 inPublished:August 20, 2015Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442247894

ISBN - 13:9781442247895

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Preface 1: An Aptly Named Caregiver 2: Find the Key That Unlocks Empathy 3: Adversity Crumbles When Laughed At 4: Ownership Isn't All That it's Cracked Up to Be 5: Talk Less, Communicate More 6: We're Only as Sick as Our Secrets 7: Have Guns, Will Travel 8: Live Discharge 9: DOs and DON'Ts

Editorial Reviews

"This book may be of interest to anybody who works in palliative care, and of particular value to those who coordinate our volunteers and to the volunteers (and trainee volunteers) themselves."