Recommended Reading

Suggested Books with topics related to hospice care, death and dying.

  Being Mortal By Atul Gawande is an amazing look at a cross cultural viewpoints of death and dying.  It is well worth the time to take a look at it.  I think one of more profound points that the author Atul Gawande makes in this book that I have referenced in my personal practice is how barbaric modern medicine can be.  


How We Die By Sherwin Nuland is a fascinating examination of our healthcare system, life and death.  This book was written by surgeon who practiced medicine for thirty five years, and there is discussion on how to take control at the end of life.


When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi is written by a young neurosurgeon who was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer very early in his career.  It is an examination of the patient- doctor relationship, and the challenges of facing one’s own mortality.


Glimpses of Heaven by Trudy Harris is a book of stories beautifully written by a hospice nurse.  This a rare look at the end of life,  and and the journey of her patients.  This really touches on the spiritual aspects of dying,  hope, and peace.  I love this one!


On Living By Kerry Egan was book that is focused how to continue living when you are dying.  Written by a hospice chaplain, this an excellent example of how to gain closure and peace at the end of life.


Gone From My Sight by Barbara Karnes is small pamphlet of written by a hospice nurse that we actually will give to our patients.  This a great support resource for families who are caring for a dying loved one.  It really helps increase understanding of what happens at the end of life, and prepares them for what is to be expected.

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