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This classic work on the spirituality of caring for the dying is now expanded with moving stories and lessons gleaned from the author's experience as a hospice nurse. Caregivers, friends, and family members often feel unsure of what to say or do as they care for the terminally ill. Midwife for Souls provides insight, showing how the support of one's Catholic faith and the power of prayer can guide one in ministering to a dying person. Written in a style that is poetic and beautiful, practical and credible, this book is essential reading for anyone who accompanies others to the edge of life, and helps in their birthing to eternal life.
A pastoral guide for hospice care workers and all who live with or accompany the terminally ill. Kathy Kalina is a registered nurse and a woman of deep faith. She offers sound advice and wisdom that she has gathered from her own personal experience. Although a committed Catholic, her profound understanding of what the dying undergo during their final pilgrimage here on earth makes the book of value to everyone, regardless of religious preference.
Special appendices include prayers and comforting scriptural passages for the dying and their loved ones.
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About the Author:
Kathy Kalina completed her ADN at Tarrant County Junior College, Fort Worth, TX, in 1978, and her BSN at the University of Texas at Arlington in 1987. Kathy is a certified hospice and palliative nurse (CHPN) in Fort Worth, Texas.
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"Midwife for Souls is a book on hospice care, but it is much more than that. It is a 'how to' for family members, friends, and hospice care professionals involved in caring for terminally ill patients as they enter into the phase of their last moments, when life slowly ebbs away and death releases the soul to go home to God. Kalina's deep understanding of what human beings go through as their lives come to and end makes this book useful to everyone, regardless of religious preference."
Josefina B. Magno, MD, Past President, International Hospice Institute
"I wish I had read this before my Dad's death... Midwife for Souls is a book full of hope, emphasizing the integrity, love, and spiritual care of the dying person. It speaks of the gift of relationship between family members and the importance of reconciliation. It blends practical psychological insights with an emphasis on the importance and power of prayer."
Sandra Guancial, BSSW, Londonderry, NH
"Midwife for Souls touched my three brothers and me deeply during the final days of our father's life. We were introduced to this book by a Hospice Chaplain who gave us permission to ask any questions that we wanted to about what to expect in the days ahead from moving dad from hospital to hospice care. Her references to this book of what to expect were just what I needed to hear.
"Kathy's sensitivity, practical compassion and obvious calling to work with the dying was a source of deep strength and comfort to us all as we had not walked this way before. God used this book in helping us to address questions as a family that we do not normally talk about and to provide us with an environment of love and care to share our hearts.
Her practical insights from more than 20 years of experience helped us move from the unknown to the known in how to prepare ourselves for the uncertain days ahead of us not only with Dad but four other deaths of parents within a period of two years.
"Midwife for Souls has been a constant resource for me as a Minister in walking with families who face the loss of a loved one both for those who profess faith and for those who do not. The sensitivity, prayer and comfort that Kathy offers in this book will help you and be a source of God's care to you. God promises to walk with us through every situation and challenge that we face and He will be with you as well."
G. Stephen Goode, Amazon.com customer review
"Our family used this book as a manual during the last 6 months of our father's life. We had never been through this process and did not really know what to expect. This book detailed everything for us and gave us insight into what our father was experiencing. I cannot tell you how valuable a guide it was and I heartily recommend it to everyone who is facing a similar situation. I have bought more than one copy to give to others because it was so central to our comprehension of the dying process. It also helped to eliminate a lot of fear that otherwise might have dominated us. Do not hesitate to buy this book if you or a loved one are caring for someone who is nearing death. I will forever be grateful that a dear friend gave it to us at our time of need."
Jenny, Amazon.com customer review
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