• June 24, 2019

Authors Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley have worked as hospice nurses and collectively observed the last days of many patients. This book is their attempt. FINAL GIFTS. An interview with. Maggie Callanan on. Nearing-Death Awareness by. Gilles Bédard. January 19, What is your professional background?. Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kellley, the authors of “Final Gifts,” are hospice nurses with years of experience in the care of dying patients.

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Important information is shared so that loved ones can be sure to make the most of each day spent with a dyi This is a really great book written by two hospice nurses. This book really helped me prepare for my dad’s death. Through first-person stories, they explain the various ways in which patients and care-givers can cope with the inevitable, by embracing, rather than fighting death. It’s a great book for anyone who finaal a friend or family member dealing with a terminal illness.

Free eBook offer available to NEW subscribers only. I learned that the givts know they are dying and we need to respect their wishes.

Final Gifts

The stories of the ways the dying can communicate are kind maggue amazing occasionally to the point that I doubted the authors a bit Probably in part because it was so familiar, the insights from these stories helped ease some of my fears about my own inevitable death. Individuals from all walks of life Not everyone can or will want to do this, but even if you want to make the last of the time you spend with someone you know is very ill, this book is good preparation.

Chapter 8 “Seeing a Place”.

Their personal experience is substantively bolstered by accumulated experiences of other healthcare practitioners as well as by the experiences of patients and patients’ families. The last moments of any human life are indeed someone’s Final Gifts’s to cal,anan, and b I was given this book to read several years ago when my father-in-law was dying.


When he would exhibit some of the Near Death Awareness types of communication such as picking at the sheets, reaching for no one, talking about needing to leave or go, I would know what ques My husband recently passed away from Melanoma.

It appears that death can be a beautiful transition if the individual is being nurtured I had recently read the book and told him he should let his brother pay for everything and go! And, of course I was not in a place or emotional space to take in the information. Chapter 2 “Nearing Death Awareness”. Before he passed, one of my family friends gave me this book explaining it would help me better understand what my husband was experiencing and what he was trying to communicate.

This book is worth its weight in gold. Additionally, all the deaths were calm, peaceful and painless. This book is for everyone After being admitted to hospice, my mom died within just 32 hours, which didn’t gifte my brother and I enough time to visit from out of state.

I worked as a hospice social worker for seven years, and referred to this book many calanan when I was trying to communicate with my dying patients.

FINAL GIFTS by Maggie Callanan , Kelley Kelley | Kirkus Reviews

Notify me of new posts by email. It’s something we all have to do and often have to help others through. Jul 19, Leigh rated it it was ok Shelves: This prescience defies medical examination and, in fact, is often counter to medical predictions though it is usually accurate.

This book helps answer many of those questions, and gives clear examples of these things. It makes me even more angry and distraught to contemplate our violent society.

Amazingly helpful in letting go of a loved one. Avatars by Sterling Adventures. Thank you very much. The authors are hospice healthcare practitioners with decades of combined experience in caring for the terminally ill. See full terms and conditions and this month’s choices. I used to be afraid of death – not any more. It takes you on an amazing journey with those who have experienced Nearing Death Awareness. First, most patients approaching death perceive their condition as being analogous to physical travel; many prepare for death by packing suitcases or locating passports.


These generalized behaviours appear to span multiple religious, racial, social and cultural groups and are experienced equally by both genders and all age groups. However, it read rather easily after the first few sections. Jan 09, Laurie Zagurski rated it it was amazing. She fell and got banged up pretty bad but she thinks a girl did it on Halloween night. After reading this book, however, I’ve come to understand that what I had guessed to be true probably was.

Final Gifts (Maggie Callanan & Patricia Kelley): Book Review

I also appreciated the stories about situations when they couldn’t satisfactorily interpret the dying person’s wishes, and how everyone coped with that. The authors are hospice nurses who have witnessed more death than the average person. I highly recommend this book to anyone caring for a terminally ill loved magfie. There maggid numerous mentions of private round the clock nurses, and almost all the patients were well educated, and had supportive families to help them. The last moments of any human life are indeed someone’s Final Gifts’s to us, and by being present, it is our way to return these gifts.

Chapter 16 “Nearing Death Awareness”.