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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Sep 21, Bridget rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I magge it helped me very much, and will continue to as I lose cherished loved ones, or if I find I need a way to prepare them if my time should come. Chapter 10 “We Must Go to the Park”.

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Jul 29, Ashley rated it it was amazing. In addition, an older vantage point that has been greatly stripped away by modern culture is reintroduced – that is, that death is simply the next step in 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.

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After being admitted to hospice, my mom died within just 32 hours, which didn’t give my brother and I enough time to visit from out of state. This book gave me a lot to think about. Individuals from all walks of life It’s amazing the things I saw my dad do in his final weeks – talking about “going home” and grabbing his luggage bag, and talking about seeing St.


Most of the people who’s stories were shared seemed to come from wealthy to upper middle-class, mainstream American backgrounds. The final major section of the text presents six major aspects of life and death, which are often troubling to the dying.

They also demonstrate, through their stories, how to communicate with the dying in a generous but direct way as they approach death. Chapter 12 “Being Held Back”. It has me inspired to listen all the more attentively as my mom declines. Powerful and poignant If you struggle with how a loved one passed away or if you simply want more insight into the sometimes strange and beautiful conversations had with the moribund, you will get a lot out of this book.

View all 5 comments. The next morning, the woman died peacefully. It is a soul touching and a soul stretching book, quite worthy of your time.

The authors say that many people assume that terminal patients, especially those with cancer, will undergo tremendous pain, which is not always true. Five years after its first publication, with more thancopies in print, Final Gifts has become a classic.

My friend once again thanked me for getting him to go on that trip. Fourth, those near death frequently display a surprising prescience about the date and often the very hour of their impending death. Eventually, he agreed to go. Dec 12, Minnie rated it it was amazing. Can you tell me more about it? After reading this book, I am more convinced than ever that she chose to die alone and on a gifrs date as far kaggie our birthdays as possible. Can you tell me more? And while it is true that I felt great sadness and shed many tears while reading the ccallanan, every time I finished a story, I was uplifted by the gift of kindness, compassion, and love that the people close to the dying person were able to find in themselves even as they experienced the sadness and stress of losing someone they love, and to see that kindness, compassion, and love reciprocated.


This book has given me tremendous insight as my fianl nears the end of his life.

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

I’ve heard that death usually is a benevolent angel, not a phantom full of dread to quote Lousia May Alcott but I would have liked a greater spectrum of experiences. I feel more compassionate and understanding and have some direction amongst the myriad of emotions at this time.

I’ve never read anything like this before.

I highly recommend this book to anyone caring for a terminally ill loved one. Through their stories we come callann appreciate the near-miraculous ways in which the dying communicate their needs, reveal their feelings, and even choreograph their own final moments; we also discover the gifts—of wisdom, faith, and love—that the dying callxnan for the living to share.

She said goodbye to a patient who was not expected to die for several more months.