A Healing Touch: True Stories of Life, Death, and Hospice
Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Richard Russo and five other Maine authors here prove that the close of life need not be filled with darkness, when hospice help is at hand. These writers recount intensely personal and profoundly moving end-of-life accounts that cover a wide spectrum of human experience. All six authors are donating their royalties to a Maine hospice; Down Ea...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published February 25th 2008 by Down East Books
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Not everyone would enjoy this book. It is simply a few true stories, each written by a different author and therefor in a different style. Each author interviewed different families who had lost a family member and been helped by hospice - sometimes the help was years after the loss. Each author chose one family's story to tell. The purpose of the book is as a fundraiser for a local hospice organization, but also to spread the word about the value of hospice. Hospice care is not just for people...more
Six Maine authors (several of my favorites among them) each contributed a story about life, death, hope, and healing to this book, which was edited by Richard Russo and is being sold as a fundraiser for the Waterville area hospice program. I'm learning a lot about hospice as I read--I've always thought of it as primarily a support program for the terminally ill, and never realized how much of their work deals with helping survivors come to terms with their grief AFTER any sort of death, whether...more
This book is a collection of essays reflecting the lives of those who have suffered grievous loss identified by a hospice in New England. I am appalled that the authors of those essays, supposed professional writers, introjected so much of themselves onto the voices of the actual sufferers. So, instead of reading first person accounts, true accounts of the often searing stories of how their loved ones "went out", we read about writers watching themselves write about hospice clients. Yuck.
I never finished this book. I did enjoy the stories I read about hospice. I think one day I would like to devote some time to hospice and help others in the change of life from one world to another. I can only hope that when it is my time to pass, that someone will be there to guide me too. Hospice is an awesome network of people and they have helped many friends and family as they prepared to die. I want to learn more about this wonderful program.
Oct 07, 2008 Mom rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Most everyone
Recommended to Mom by: Neighbor, Pat Chase
True stories have such a different slant on life and this is no exception.
The process of healing from grief is so personal and these writers are talented in their portrayal of the survivors.
I likes the references to winslow's part in this as we had several of our children attend Mechawana at Methodist youth camps there.
The hospice volunteers have such a tender, delicate task...
Not as great as I was expecting - though the last essay was moving (though I'm moved by so much these days, feeling ever so slightly raw.) I expected more about hospice, and the essays were more about after-death copings. And while that's good too, I think my 'current emotional needs' trumped my enjoyment of the book.
Richard Russo and five other Maine writers - Gerry Boyle, Wes McNair, Bill Roorbach, Richard Russo, Susan Sterling, and Monica Wood - offer stories based on conversations with people involved in Hospice care. (Proceeds go to support the Hospice Volunteers of the Waterville Area.)
A very beautiul book.
A very beautiul book.
Jan 29, 2009 Janet rated it 3 of 5 stars
I sometimes think I would have done well as a hospice worker, so this book caught my eye. I also love Richard Russo. This small little book packs a big punch--essays written by Maine writers who in some way had a connection to hospice, whether it be through family or friends or employment.
Richard Russo (born July 15, 1949) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist. Born in Johnstown, New York, and raised in nearby Gloversville, he earned a B.A. (1967), a M.F.A. (1980), and a Ph.D. (1979) from the University of Arizona.More about Richard Russo...