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Death & Grief
  • Author:
    Barbara Karnes RN
  • ISBN:
    096216030X
  • ISBN13:
    978-0962160301
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  • Publisher:
    Barbara Karnes Books, Inc.; First Edition edition (January 12, 2003)
  • Pages:
    258 pages
  • Subcategory:
    Death & Grief
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Karnes sees dying as an opportunity to address any unfinished business, to live in the present, and to say goodbye.

The book is being used as a resource on end-of-life issues; a volunteer hospice training handbook; a reference book for anyone working with end-of-life issues including lay ministers, social workers, counselors, nurses and chaplains; and a text book in various college and university classes. Karnes sees dying as an opportunity to address any unfinished business, to live in the present, and to say goodbye. But she goes beyond the tools and attitudes that can help a patient and caregivers experience a gentle, peaceful, natural death.

Barbara Karnes, award-winning end of life educator and award-winning nurse, wrote "The Hospice Blue Book," Gone From M. .

About this Item: Barbara Karnes Books, In. 2003. Now her lectures and ideas have been put on paper. This book is written in a simple, direct 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. Seller Inventory 042957. More information about this seller Contact this seller 9. Stock Image. The Final Act of Living.

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So writes Barbara Karnes, RN who noticed, after her experience at the bedside of hundreds of.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.

So writes Barbara Karnes, RN who noticed, after her experience at the bedside of hundreds of people before they died, that each death she witnessed was following an almost identical script. Each person was going through the same thing. And most families had the same questions. Based on her experience caring for her dying parents, she wrote A Time To Live, a booklet focusing on palliative care and dedicated to her parents. They died within five months of each other from lung cancer.

Lunch Provided Barbara Karnes, RN, is an award winning hospice nurse and nationally prominent speaker on the dynamics of dying

Lunch Provided Barbara Karnes, RN, is an award winning hospice nurse and nationally prominent speaker on the dynamics of dying. In 1986 she published, Gone from My Sight: The Dying Experience (often called, The Hospice Blue Book ),Today she fulfills her passion for serious illness and end of life education through writing and speaking to the community.

Barbara Karnes, RN: Award Winning End of Life Educator, Award Winning Nurse, NHPCO Hospice Innovator . But most people don’t know this and so, my job is to help families understand the new rules. The Final Act of Living".

Barbara Karnes, RN: Award Winning End of Life Educator, Award Winning Nurse, NHPCO Hospice Innovator Award Winner 2018. amp; 2015 International Humanitarian Woman of the Year. While at the bedside of hundreds of people during the dying process, Barbara Karnes noticed that each death was following a near identical script. Each person was going through the stages of death in almost the same manner. Fear blocks us from experiencing the beauty of being present during the final life experience. It is an important life moment for all of us.

You have shown others a way to navigate the road all of us will travel. -Barbara Karnes RN, Author of Gone From My Sight, My Friend I Care, A Time To Live, and The Final Act of Living Blessed with a loving marriage and six children, Elaine Wilmes was about to enter the autumn of her life-then she was diagnosed. Through hospice care, the family was able to release Elaine to the great beyond as quietly, painlessly, and lovingly as possible and witness her passing with renewed hope and in a profound and life-changing way. This heart-rending memoir gives powerfully candid, moment-to-moment descriptions of the end-of-life experience.

The Final Act of Living: Reflections of a Long-Time Hospice Nurse is an end of life book, a resource that reads like a novel, yet has the content of a textbook. It is available in paperback copy and ebook versions. Barbara wrote this book following years of not only being at the bedside of hundreds of persons at their moment of death but with them as their hospice nurse in the months before their actual death. From the stories and experiences she shares you will see the unfolding of a process, a dying process, vs. death just happening. By being at the bedside during a time in our culture when a person dying was usually in the hospital, in a private room and very much alone, Barbara brings to the forefront of our consciousness the dynamics of dying from disease and old age. We will all be affected by dying, death and grief at some time in our lives. The Final Act of Living: Reflections of a Long-time Hospice Nurse is a book on end of life that offers knowledge and clarity to ease the fear and misinformation about dying and death. It explores the topics of living with a life threatening illness, fear of death, understanding the signs of approaching death from disease, the dying process, stages of death, the normal grieving process, living wills and other end of life issues. The Final Act of Living is used as a resource on end of life issues, a training handbook for hospice volunteers, a reference book for lay ministers, social workers, counselors, nurses, and chaplains. An easy read for anyone interested in dying and grief a text book in college and university classes, CNA training classes, social work classes, and LPN/RN classes This material may be described as an end of life book however, as the title states, its content and philosophy is all about The Final Act of Living.

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After my wife's mother suffered a major stroke, she seemed to be recovering. Her progress was very slow, but there was clearly progress.

Then the progress seemed to stall, and very suddenly she seemed to start falling apart.

Our family felt instinctively that she was dying, though the doctor hadn't said anything like that. But when we read Ms. Karnes' book, it became clear to us that my mother-in-law was dying, and that she was progressing through the final stages at an accelerating pace.

We immediately got on the case of the doctor and staff of the nursing facility where she was receiving care and rehab therapy. Tests were ordered, and suddenly she was being rushed to the hospital emergency room.

In our own case, I believe Barbara Karnes' book helped us save my mother-in-law's life, or at least give her more time with us.

The book was also helpful in other ways. My mother-in-law is still very fragile, and the book helped us to talk to her in a way that she said allowed her to finally speak the truth about her condition, instead of trying to keep pretending for us that all was roses ahead. She said it was a great relief to finally be able to tell the truth, and it was a relief to us as well to be able to finally speak honestly about our feelings about what was happening.

It also helped us understand where my own 92-year-old mother is at in the final challenges of her life, as well as my wife's 86-year-old father. It has helped us better understand what kind of care they really need at this point.

And we found the book comforting. I can tell you that my wife and I are no longer terrified of the inevitable final moments that we and our loved ones face.

This is the best book I have ever read on the dying process and how to cope with its challenges without getting overwhelmed by fear and grief. I am very grateful to Ms. Karnes for providing this information.
Kajikus
I LOVE this book! Barbara Karnes, RN, reminds us that death is not a medical event but a normal, natural social event. It doesn't have to be the ordeal most people dread. With accurate information and adequate support, dying can be a rich, rewarding family experience.

Karnes also wrote the invaluable pamphlet "Gone from My Sight," which some hospices give to families of dying patients. This more recent book includes moving stories from the author's own longtime hospice experience, descriptions of the deaths of her own parents, and much more.

This nurse provides detailed, deeply reassuring information about how we die. For example, she explains the 3 areas--food, sleep, and social interaction--that let one know whether a person has weeks, days, or hours to live. She cautions against the practice of hydrating a person near death, reminding us that dehydration is "nature's anesthetic." She also recommends against using a suction machine, since it usually irritates the throat and triggers the body to produce more secretions. There are better ways to keep a person comfortable.

Karnes sees dying as an opportunity to address any unfinished business, to live in the present, and to say goodbye. But she goes beyond the tools and attitudes that can help a patient and caregivers experience a gentle, peaceful, natural death. She also explains what to do afterwards. For example washing the body and allowing people to view the body can help the grieving process. Additionally, she discusses legal questions and stresses the importance of having an advanced health care directive.

I can't imagine anyone I'd rather have as a hospice nurse than the knowledgeable, no-nonsense, compassionate Barbara Karnes. This little book is a gem!

Nancy Manahan, Ph.D. author of Living Consciously, Dying Gracefully - A Journey with Cancer and Beyond
Welahza
this book has practical, straightforward information for those of us who work in nursing disciplines which don't include close contact with the dying. I recently lost my own father after he suffered years of declining health. We chose to remove life support after realizing it was 'time' to let him go. I have no doubt his final hours would've been a little less traumatic for me if I had read this book in the days leading up to his death. I plan to purchase a hard copy (mine is Kindle form) just to have on hand to give to friends/family facing death of a loved one.
Uthergo
Barbara has such a wonderful heart and her no nonsense way of talking really spoke to me. I read this after the death of a loved family member to prepare myself for the future when I know I will have to deal with death more. ( unless I go first. ). I think this will also help me with my own death. She tells it like it is on many topics and helps us see death as a natural (if not welcomed) part of life. Highly recommended.
Soustil
This is absolutely the best reading on the aging and dying process. It completely changed my opinions and views on the care of my mother. I have never considered that the body goes through an identified step process as death approaches. It also changed my opinion on the issue of Do Not Resuscitate. I have recommended this to many of my friends and relatives that are caring for aging parents. My thanks to Ms. Karnes for taking the time to put all of her life experiences and beliefs into this wonderful guide.
S Grissom
Domarivip
For me, this was very enlightening and helpful in helping me maneuver the path of supporting a loved one in advanced stages of pancreatic cancer. It's hard to know what to expect and how to help my loved one through these stages. Thank you so much!
Mavegelv
I have bought three of these books and given two away to people in my life who have a family member who is sick and dying. But actually I think that this is a great, great book for everyone to read way before they are faced with their own illness or someone they love. It is a very easy read and makes so much sense out of a time in our life that NO ONE wants to talk about.
This is an excellent book about how to deal with the process of dying. I wish I had read it before my parents passed away, it would have been extremely helpful.