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Publisher's Summary

People die everyday. While most people in America die in a hospital, many families choose hospice for end of life care. Death, as experienced by hospice nurses, can be beautiful, peaceful, humorous, touching, tragic, disturbing, and even otherworldly. Hospice nurses act as midwives to dying people every day. Death transforms not just the patient and family, but the hospice nurse as well. The stories in this book are presented with the hope that their transformation extends to you, too. Heidi Telpner, R.N.

©2007 Heidi Barr (P)2014 Heidi Barr

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I really enjoyed this audiobook. It tells the real story of how much love,compassion,heartache and energy it takes to care for someone that you know that's dyng. When they have a good day,it makes your own a little bit brighter,when they have that day that could be their last,you sure feel that too. I am more thankful to the Hospice giver after listening to this audiobook.

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Complete tour of emotions dealing with the subject that we all try to avoid

A brilliant first book from this new author. I really hope that it will not be her last. I listened to it in one sitting as I could not put it down.

Heidi Telpner packs us in her bag and takes us on a journey visiting her terminally ill patients and their families. We get to meet each one. Some are regular Joe's whereas others are very eccentric to the point of 'crazy weird'!

Most medical memoirs tends to portray their writers as some kind or self sacrificing martyrs with a 'Florence Nightingale' complex. Not Nurse Telpner! In fact after three decades she is brutally honest about herself, the Hospice system and how it has changed plus how she can admit that she did not like some patients or their families on occasion.
How refreshing it is that someone can admit that you don't have to like someone just because they are dying!

I loved this book and I really hope that this brilliant author is well on the way to publishing her second volume.

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A Must Read for Hospice Nurse

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As a Hospice Nurse this book could easily be a must read. It is very informative as well as entertaining for those who share this calling.

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My favorite character was the nurse who wrote it. She did such a great job of helping the reader experience each patients diagnosis and care. So well written as to be easy to digest and helpful in practice.

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This is a true glimpse into the life of a Hospice Home care nurses day. She shares frankly and personally the experiences she encountered and how she dealt with difficulties and treasured the joys. It is as though you are there with her.The only draw back, in my opinion, was the performance was read too haltingly. The story led me to want to feel the experience but sometimes the reader seemed to get in the way. It is hard to explain but it seemed to be more noticeable in the beginning. I tried increasing the reading speed but that wasn't the problem. Not a big enough deal to stop me from devouring it though. Unusual for me but this is a book I plan to listen to again. It is packed with insight and ideas that I want to incorporate in my care.

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Enlightening!

An encouraging story. Makes me want to pursue furthering my career to become a hospice nurse. I am currently a CNA/TMA in a nursing home & hospice. I very much enjoy working with the elderly and dying.

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A must read for both new, and seasoned nurses entering the world of hospice.

A nurse myself of 14 years, and recently entering into the world of hospice, I thought this book would allow me to hear stories of someone with a great deal of knowledge that I could learn from. From the beginning to end I could not stop listening. Not only were the stories intriguing, well-written, and full of knowledge, but what they provided was the inside view of the compassionate nurse providing care to so many different kinds of patients, in so many different situations, that as a new hospice nurse I know I will find myself in some day, and I am grateful that Heidi Telpner was moved by her years in hospice to write such a book. It touched me deeply and I know I will use the stories to draw strength from for years to come. Purchase the book you will not be sorry!!!!

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Must read

OMG! I highly recommend this book! As someone with a hospice degree I have to say I was moved deeply!

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Thanks for sharing

I am a nurse and have thought being a Hospice nurse could be my calling, this was a wonderful journey, congratulations on all your achievements!!!

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Laughed and cried

Excellent book. So enjoyed listening to! Difficult profession to undertake. Explained the highs and the lows.

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There are gross inconsistencies in experiences proclaimed in interviews given later (recently) with what was given in the book. If she had really had the experiences related in the interviews, I find it inconceivable that she could have written or said some of the things found in the book. The inconsistencies are cause for concern in my opinion.

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great Book

great book really enjoyed the stories and humor in a tough time I recommend reading it.