Final Gifts: Understanding the special awareness, needs, and communications of the dying, by Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley.

In the past 2-1/2 years I have read many books about caregiving and aging as I travel this path with my mother. This isn’t my favorite read, but it’s the only one I’ve read on the topic. I feel somehow better prepared for when my mother’s last days come. Prepared to listen for clues: is she afraid of something? have unfinished business? looking for information? And to ask and answer questions I might not even have realized she is asking.

Hospice nurses, Callahan and Kelley, share intimate experiences with patients at the end of life and their families. “Through their stories we come to 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 leave for the living to share.”

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The Protest, by Dianne Kozdrey Bunnell. (Follow this link to the Amazon page.)

Dianne Kozdrey Bunnell is my writing partner and good friend. But that is not the reason I am telling you to read her book, released today for Kindle on Amazon (also available in hardback on Amazon). The Protest is a damn good read. And it’s available today only (March 19) for the ridiculously low price of $2.99. It is worth every penny of that price, or the regular price of $4.99 after today.

Here is the review I wrote for Amazon:

This fictional memoir is a riveting tale superbly told about the lengths to which a mother’s love can go, as Janey strives to save her daughters from their father. I was alternately laughing and horrified as I read into the night, unable to put it down. It is a terrifyingly credible novel of what can happen when religion is used for personal power, and the manipulation of the lives of innocent children hangs in the balance. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves beautiful language, compelling characters, and a gripping read.

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