by Barbara Karnes, RN
The hours to minutes before imminent death are generally filled with fear and helplessness for anyone at the bedside. Fear because we have inaccurate role models from movies and TV and helplessness because there is no “fixing” death. This brings the question, “What do we do?”
“The Eleventh Hour” is a booklet that offers information, ideas and support on how to care for a person in the hours to minutes before death and just after.
The aim of this booklet is to help those present at the bedside create a meaningful, comforting memory of their loved one’s journey from life in this world.
For the hands-on-caregiver, family or professional, “The Eleventh Hour” is a guiding resource. It is appropriate as a textbook for volunteer training in Transitional, Vigil and No One Dies Alone programs, for nursing facilities, parish nursing and Hospice/Palliative Care teaching. Most of all it is for families faced with caring for their loved one in the hours approaching death.
Like its companions, “Gone From My Sight,” “My Friend, I Care,” and “A Time To Live,” “The Eleventh Hour” is written in large print and the information is conveyed in a simple, direct yet gentle manner.
Paperback, 27 pages,