Understanding death and dying reduces fear
Death and dying are mysterious and scary concepts. Because our society usually doesn’t discuss death openly, there’s so much that we don’t know about the dying process. Not knowing increases stress, anxiety, and fear as we care for an ailing older adult, especially toward the end of life.
In Last Acts of Kindness: Lessons for the Living from the Bedsides of the Dying, Judith Redwing Keyssar, RN shares touching real-life stories from decades of experience working in palliative care.
We explain what her book is about and why it’s helpful for caregivers to read.
This book helps us better cope with death and dying
Redwing Keyssar is a leader in palliative and end-of-life care. In her book, she shares 27 heartfelt end-of-life stories that take place in hospitals, care communities, and homes. An important part of her palliative care work was to be there for people who were dying and help them come to terms with death.
She describes the challenges that people face as they’re dying and how families cope with what’s happening. Her sensitive and compassionate writing also prompts us to think about what we believe and value in life and death.
Why a book about dying is helpful for caregivers
Caring for an older adult brings a lot of scary moments. End-of-life is one of the toughest things to come face-to-face with.
While this book covers a subject you’d probably rather not think about, the stories are surprisingly comforting and help you understand what to expect when someone is dying.
Keyssar’s goal is to shift the emotions around death toward acceptance and compassion rather than fear and anxiety. She believes that end-of-life experiences can be positive, powerful, and even comforting.
Learning to understand death and dying isn’t just for medical professionals. The more we know about it, the more we’ll be able to support older adults who are dying as well as ourselves as we cope with grief and loss.
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By DailyCaring Editorial Team
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