When Evening Comes: The Education of a Hospice Volunteer
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When Evening Comes: The Education of a Hospice Volunteer

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When Christine Andreae signed up for twenty-seven hours of patient-care training with the Blue Ridge Hospice in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, her parents were still living and her grandparents' funerals hadn't involved a viewing. Her only direct experience with death had been when, at the age of six, she had gone with her father to the viewing for the family's parish pries
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 6th 2000 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published October 1st 2000)
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'When Evening Comes' is a good story but a bad book. Composed mostly of Andreae's journal entries, the book is a very personal account of Andreae's time volunteering with two particular women through hospice. The problem with such a personal account is that diaries tend not to be ready made publishable material. Andreae's own thoughts and feelings do create an intimate record of what it is like to be a hospice volunteer, but they also leave out a lot of the rest of the story. They also, at times...more
An autbiography about a Hospice volunteer and her experiences. Today, I graduated from the program and am an official Sharp Hospice Volunteer. Hooray. This book is about death but from a beautiful and humane perspective. It is not dark but hopeful.
Liz M
It's not exciting writing, but it shows the kind of life that a hospice volunteer and her patients often go through. It's a sad revelation, as it seems that there's so much loneliness out there by those going through life's passage.
Nov 22, 2009 Nikki rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those interested in the subject
Recommended to Nikki by: no one
Once again I guess I expected more. It was good, and I am very interested in Hospice and helping those who are dying and their families.
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