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Hospice and palliative care
The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying An exquisite memoir about how to live—and love—every day with “death in the room,” from poet Nina Riggs, mother of two young...
Cicely Saunders, Founder of the Hospice Movement: Selected Letters, 1959-1999 Cicely Saunders is universally acclaimed as a pioneer of modern hospice care. Trained in nursing, social work, then medicine...
Dying Well: Peace and Possibilities Dr. Byock, a palliative care physician, shares his personal experiences and philosophy of caring for the dying. Volunteers...
Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved Kate Bowler is a professor at Duke Divinity School with a modest Christian upbringing, but she specializes in the study of...
Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for People Facing Serious Illness (2nd. ed.) This book is written for a general audience by a team of specialists.  Updated since the first edition in 1999, it provides...
The Heart of Hospice Seminal book on the philosophy of hospice palliative care in Canada and worldwide. Available for free reading and printing...
Life in a hospice: Reflections on caring for the dying None of us likes to think about what our last days will be like. But if we do think about them at all, we want them to be...
The Needs of the Dying: A Guide for Bringing Hope, Comfort and Love to Life's Final Chapter, rev.ed. Formerly "The Rights of the Dying" (1998), this book by author, David Kessler, brings both comfort and practical information...
Palliative Care: Transforming the Care of Serious Illness This book begins with a comprehensive review of the field, written by Dr. Diane Meier, and includes twenty-five of the most...
Pan-Canadian Gold Standard for Palliative Home Care: Towards Equitable Accesss to High Quality Hospice Palliative and End-of-Life Care at Home The gold standards provide the benchmarks for high quality hospice palliative care at home. They are based on the National...
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