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
You might think that people who work in a hospice are always faced with tragedy. And in some sense this is true. But there can be some funny moments.
Here is the story of one man who was concerned for his dead mother, as told by the manager responsible for helping patients after a death
Life in a Hospice: Reflections on Caring for the Dying
If you have no sense of humour, you’ve no sense of tragedy. Because in the most tragic situations, there can be something really quite funny. Or touching and you can only smile. I remember a man, his mother had been dead three days and he came in with a cardigan and her handbag ‘because she feels the cold’. Now I know what he was thinking, ‘oh, she felt the cold terribly’ and then he gives me a little handbag and he wants her buried with it. It’s very touching and very sad, but it’s also very human. You need to smile and see the funny side.