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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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John Kaufmann
Sep 09, 2015 John Kaufmann rated it liked it
I was looking for advice, lessons learned. That's not what this book focused on. It was more about the range of people the author cared for - or rather, how varied and different they are, not only from each other, but from herself. You can't go into hospice with expectations, and you can't be shocked when you learn people have different lifestyles than you. And not every case/client/death/bereavement will be deep and meaningful. Sometimes you're there only to assist with some of the mundane thin ...more
Ré Cockrell
Feb 25, 2015 Ré Cockrell rated it liked it
This book raised some interesting questions for me about boundaries. Andreae's insights into her experiences as a hospice volunteer are fascinating. However, I sometimes found myself judging her involvement as being more about herself than her patients. Of course, she openly explores this side of her experiences, and she explores many possible explanations for why she volunteers for hospice.

Overall, her language had moments of glimmering beauty, and she presented a fascinating array of experien
Liz M
Aug 10, 2007 Liz M rated it liked it
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 19, 2015 Shawna rated it it was ok
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I found myself frustrated with this book, at this woman's tone and air, especially when it came to her time spent with Amber. It doesn't seem like the group appreciates Amber's limitations and her poverty. At one point Christine makes issue with being asked to pick up Amber's medicine and getting paid back later, and she says she's been stiffed before. (The medicine cost $6.) She also notes that Amber's dryer is broken. My instinct here would have been to make arrangements to get the dryer fixed ...more
'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
Dec 06, 2014 Meredith rated it liked it
I am not with the negative reviewers of this book. It's not about educating the reader, it's about the emotional process of the writer while volunteering. It was useful for me, because I've been wondering if this is a thing I could do. After reading this, the answer was yes, I'd like to pursue this further. But it's not a how-to book or a resource. It's an honest personal account of how the author felt, which is valuable when considering this kind of work. And if you don't like how she felt, or ...more
Feb 24, 2009 Saroum rated it really liked it
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.
May 09, 2015 Linda rated it it was amazing
I am a new hospice volunteer and also work in the emergency department, polar opposite practice areas. I found this book very helpful and appreciate the candor and wisdom of the author.
Nov 22, 2009 Nikki rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those interested in the subject
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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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