Peaceful Passage is the labor of love by a Kim West who brought her terminally ill mother home to care for her. Written with empathy, understanding and kindness, Kim eases the reader into what is a scary and emotional subject; how to care for the dying with dignity and grace.
As someone who has parents and in-laws in their eighties, I struggle with emotions even thinking about the death of a relative. This author understands those emotions and walks the reader through the decisions that must be made for a dying loved one while, at the same time, offering understanding and hope.
Written from a Christian perspective, the fifteen chapters in this book are full of such vital information as the physical, mental, and emotional changes that occur in a dying person, how to help grieving children, what the funeral home will do (and how to select one), along with how you will change as you walk this journey. It also provides very practical nursing help such as how to bathe a person with very limited mobility and how to make the bed so that it is easy to change. A list of resources is also included at the end of the book so that the reader has plenty of essential help at his or her fingertips.
Kim West is a professional counselor but she writes as a friend. As someone who has walked this difficult journey she candidly admits her struggles and sorrow as well as her joys. Her writing is not sprinkled with the detached vocabulary of an academic but is, instead, the words of a loving daughter about the passage of her mother combined with very helpful information for others who are experiencing the same thing. She is compassionate, understanding and very practical.
The book also serves as a workbook for the reader with room to record special memories of the loved one as well as what needs to be done, who can be called on to help, where to order needed sickroom supplies and much more.
I highly recommend this book and will be purchasing numerous copies to give as gifts to others who are walking the difficult journey of caring for a dying loved one. It is available through Amazon.
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