Every year, over one million people receive hospice care in America. It starts like this: You get the call. You drop everything and rush to the bedside of someone you care about, someone who cares about you. You look each other in the eyes and suddenly the only thought in your mind is, "Now what?"
In HOSPICE ISN'T A PLACE; IT'S PEOPLE Julie Desmond answers the Now What question with energy, intelligence and frank talk about what hospice is, what dying looks like, and what happens when her own father refuses a potentially life-saving treatment, choosing instead to die at home, surrounded by family.
At times poignant and sad, at times humorous, always real and practical and helpful, Desmond's story invites you to come to the party, to see hospice care as it unfolds, the way it really is: intense, uplifting, unnerving and, sometimes, surprising.
Partly instructional, partly personal, the book includes narrative, poetry, songs, photos, drawings... it's really a collage of all things hospice.
Trim size: 5" x 8",
Page count: 250,
Interior type: Black and White,
Page color: White,
Spine width: 0.563"
Who are your readers?
adults caring for their parents, men and women, mostly white, mostly middle class and upper
What 3 things would you like to communicate to your readers with this design?
-1- All kinds of people can do hospice well
-2 - Openness - it should be bright/light/welcoming
- 3 - Variety of emotions - serious and fun, both
Style and Content
What colors do you want to see in your design?
blue, yellow, white, gold
What colors do you NOT want to see in your design?
purple, silver, gray - nothing too heavy
Describe the style(s) you like (traditional, modern, etc.)
traditional, artsy, collage is good
What content must be included in your design?
Must-have tool for Families & Hospice Professionals
| Julie Desmond (author) | Hospice
Isnt a Place (title) | Its People (subtitle) | With contributions from
the Moore Family | At times poignant and sad, at times humorous, always real and practical and helpful. | Every Year, Over One Million People Receive Hospice Care in America | You get the call. You drop everything and rush to the bedside of someone you care about, someone who cares about you. You look into each others eyes and suddenly the only thought in your mind is, Now what?
In HOSPICE ISNT A PLACE, Julie Desmond answers the Now What question with energy, intelligence and frank talk about what hospice is, what dying looks like and what happens when her own father refuses a potentially life-saving surgery, opting instead to die quietly at home, surrounded by family.
After six years as a hospice volunteer, Desmond is familiar with syringes and sponges and shirts cut up the back. She knows the value of ordinary days to people whose days are numbered, and she knows that dying can be intense. And uplifting. And unnerving. And sometimes, surprising. Desmond imagines she will be the one to lead her family through their fathers final days. Instead, she discovers that her siblings are as qualified as anyone to provide excellent hospice care because, when someone you love is dying, it isnt where youve been that matters; its who you are. | What Readers are Saying About HOSPICE ISNT A PLACE; ITS PEOPLE
I love this book.
Brilliant. As much a manual on parenting as on caring for someone at the end of life.
I read this book Monday night by Wednesday, I was following your advice.
I read this straight through on a flight from Atlanta to Minneapolis. I couldnt put it down.
Thank you for sharing this intimate story. | Julie Desmond is a wife, mom, writer, recruiter and hospice advocate. She believes you can do hospice well. And you should. | www.HospicePeople.org
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