As a part-time hospice volunteer, Eric Lindner provides companion care to dying strangers. They re chatterboxes and recluses, religious and irreligious, battered by cancer, congestive heart failure, Alzheimer s, old age. Some cling to life amazingly. Most pass as they expected. In telling his story, Lindner reveals the thoughts, fears, and lessons of those living the ends of their lives in the care of others, having exhausted their medical options or ceased treatment for their illnesses. In each chapter, Lindner not only reveals the lessons of lives explored in their final days, but zeroes in on how working for hospice can be incredibly fulfilling. As he s not a doctor, nurse, or professional social worker, just a volunteer lending a hand, offering a respite for other care providers, his charges often reveal more, and in more detail, to him than they do to those with whom they spend the majority of their time. They impart what they feel are life lessons as they reflect on their own lives and the prospect of their last days. Lindner captures it all in his lively storytelling. Anyone who knows or loves someone working through end of life issues, living in hospice or other end of life facilities, or dealing with terminal or chronic illnesses, will find in these pages the wisdom of those who are working through their own end of life issues, tackling life s big questions, and boiling them down into lessons for anyone as they age or face illness. And those who may feel compelled to volunteer to serve as companions will find motivation, inspiration, and encouragement. Rather than sink under the weight of depression, pity, or sorrow, Lindner celebrates the lives of those who choose to live even as they die.
My take on this book:
As a hospice volunteer Eric Lindner provides companion care to people who are at the end of their life. What a wonderful thing to be able to touch someone's life in their final days, but more than that is the fact that these people touch the hospice worker in such a way that they are never forgotten. Each person has a story and Eric Lindner shares some of those stories in his book "Hospice Voices." A book that I feared might be sad but was anything but, I found snippets of humor but more than that I felt connected to each of the people that he writes about. As we read it is easy to see that the gift of giving time and a listening ear to those at the end of life is the most important gift of all.. An inspirational book that shares the importance of Hospice and the role they play during the end of someones life. Recommend to anyone looking to be inspired and uplifted!
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.