Book Review: Farewell: Vital End-of-Life Questions with Candid Answers from a Leading Palliative and Hospice Physician by Edward T. Creagan and Sandra Wendel

Posted December 22, 2018 by lomeraniel in Audiobooks, Non-Fiction, Review, Self Development / 0 Comments

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Book Review: Farewell: Vital End-of-Life Questions with Candid Answers from a Leading Palliative and Hospice Physician by Edward T. Creagan and Sandra WendelFarewell: Vital End-of-Life Questions with Candid Answers from a Leading Palliative and Hospice Physician by Edward T. Creagan, Sandra Wendel
Narrator: Benjamin McLean
Published by Write On Ink Publishing on 09-05-18
Genres: Non-Fiction, Self Development
Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Author
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Overal Rating: five-stars

How long am I going to live? Who will be with me when I die? Will my family forgive me? Will I have pain?—are among the 31 vital end-of-life questions patients and their families ask. This book is about navigating those last days, at the bedside, and saying farewell with hope, love, and compassion.

Dr. Edward Creagan provides the reassuring answers patients and families deserve. He has dedicated his life to death. For over forty winters at the Mayo Clinic he has been at the bedside with more than 40,000 patient encounters in the last stages of their lives on this earth. Held the hands of family members. Prayed with them. Listened.

This book addresses

•Making end-of-life decisions when Mom or Dad or a loved one can’t or won’t.

•Understanding what’s happening in the mind of someone facing their last days, hours, minutes, and moments.

•How to come to grips with our own mortality, maybe putting plans in place, living life differently after having held the hand of a loved one who is actively dying.

•Ways to give hope where none seemed possible.

•Death from a medical perspective, and much more.

This is the kind of book that one never thinks of reading but it is one that should be in everyone’s to be read pile since we are bound to find these situations at some point in life. I was kind of dreading listening to this book because I was afraid of feeling it may awake in me.

It was a hard book but so thoughtful and well planned. There is no stone left unturned regarding palliative care, how the dying person may be experimenting it, and how the family may be taking it. This book is not meant to be read when the difficult situation has already arrived, but in advance, to help planning and make the best or least bad decision.

It is clear from the book that doctor Edward Creagan has had a broad experience in this matters, and he is explicit but also very respectful, and moreover, caring when explaining the process and the options at each step.

Benjamin McLean did a wonderful job narrating this book, creating the illusion of becoming Creagan, and adopting a caring and patient ton, the one everyone wants to hear when facing such difficult moments.

I know this book won’t appeal to many people, but I think it’s a must read since everyone will be in a similar situation at some point, and even though we may want to avoid thinking about this, having things in order and knowing what to do when the moment comes can save us a lot of grief.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Story (Plot)
five-stars
Narration
five-stars
Overall: five-stars
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