Two small books can make a big difference in a life. The combination of “Hard Choices for Loving People: CPR, Artificial Feeding, Comfort Care and the Patient with a Life-Threatening Illness,” and “Light in the Shadows: Meditations While Living with a Life-Threatening Illness,” has brought comfort to thousands of people in the past. I believe that, for years to come, these books will reach thousands more.
Both Books are written by Hank Dunn, a chaplain who has done wonderful work with hospice. These books both inform and comfort.
“Hard Choices” is informational. The book examines resuscitation, artificial hydration and nutrition, comfort care and gives examples of decision making and treatment options for ill people and their families to consider. In Chapter 5, the chaplain discusses treatment decisions, the emotional nature of struggle, letting go, the spiritual nature of struggle and other points.
“Light in the Shadows” is a companion volume of meditations. I don't feel these meditations are only for those who are dying, and the people who love them. They are very good meditations for anyone struggling with issues in their lives.
Both books are available from the site www.hardchoices.com. I highly recommend them.
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