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Transitions: A Nurse's Education about Life and Death

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Transitions: A Nurse's Education about Life and Death is a collection of stories from Becki Hawkins's patients over the past thirty years of her career. She started off as a nurse's aide, became a registered nurse, and began her career in oncology. A couple of years later she also started seeing hospice patients. She also did outpatient oncology nursing, home health/hospic ...more
Paperback, 238 pages
Published December 29th 2011 by Lady Hawk Publishing (first published December 1st 2011)
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Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is truly excellent. Becki Hawkins has an incredible way with words. Her writing style is so comfortable and genuine that you quickly feel like she is a dear friend. The stories are told in a journalistic style, as an observer relating the experience as directly as possible. Each story is only 2 or 3 pages long, yet the reader can envision the entire life story that accompanies of these heartfelt glimpses of lives in transition.

The book is separated into 3 sections. The first is called
Mary Ellen
Dec 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
Wish I could have given this book more stars but I was turned off by the syrupy Christian inferences to each story. I was intrigued by the Erie up and was anticipating a spiritual connection but it was too heavy on western Christianity. I could not finish it.
Connie Musgrave
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
From the first paragraph, I was captured. It was so refreshing to read a book that brought death "full circle". The way Mrs. Hawkins told the patients stories was like sitting right there with her listening to them. I think my favorite thing about the book is the way the stories are told. There is so much to learn from someone who knows they are getting ready to take their last breath. This book opens those thoughts up to us to visit and think about. I am very much anticipating the future writin ...more
Jan Fragoso
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply beautiful

I came upon this book by watching becki on YouTube . I was a hospice care giver for many years and experienced many wonderful experiences, through my patients eyes. Every one is different, but it helped me again recently to prepare a family member. When their loved one had that last burst of feeling great. I call it nesting or preparing so they have a little more Time with those they love. Thank you for such a wonderful book Becki.
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Those that fear death, read this book. Those that have a loved one dying, read this book. Those that have lost a loved one but have yet to find closure, read this book. This book should be available to every hospice patient and family.
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have had the privilege of hearing the author speak at funeral services. Her words always touched by heart and inspired me, so when I heard she had written a book, I wanted to read it! Her sincerity, compassion and beautiful way of expressing herself is reflected in every page of this book.
The book is a written reflection of Ms. Hawkins heart and love for others and desire to care for those passing from this world into eternity. Her patients were so blessed to have her! Hospice nurses go beyond
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is very well written, by someone who deeply cares about her patients and her family. Great reading for everyone, especially if you or a family member is about to transition. This book helped ease my death anxiety and made me feel connected to the author and each of her patients. Love pours out of every page. There are a lot of Christian references, but it did not seem preachy and came off as more spiritual than religious. I will definitely come back to this book many times as I deal wi ...more
Julie Saeger Nierenberg
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir
Becki Hawkins's insightful and true-life vignettes are a treasure. Each one has important life lessons for any reader. I can imagine nursing students and novices using this book for inspiration, especially those who might consider work in a hospice or palliative care setting. While I enjoyed savouring each chapter, my favourite was her last, appropriately titled "My Brother's Keeper," an intimate glimpse into the author's brother's end of life. Becki's writing style had me feeling like we're in ...more
Paul Jellinek
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Most of the book is a series of brief accounts of the author's encounters with terminal patients in rural Oklahoma who were approaching the end of their lives. While some of the accounts are moving, after a while they all start to sound alike, and because the accounts are so brief, there isn't much depth to them. All of that changes abruptly in the last section of the book, simply titled "Family," in which she describes the days leading up to the death of her mother and her younger brother. Thes ...more
Pearl Loewen
Jan 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Krista Tippett writes, "I can disagree with your opinion, it turns out, but I can’t disagree with your experience." Becki has vulnerably shared her experiences with sick and dying patients, and in an intimate way even shared the story of her younger brother's dying and death. I appreciated that story most of all because in it she is not writing as a nurse, but a sister who loved him to his dying breath.
Jay Rombach
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very touching and helpful

Such a warm, personal writing style as Becky tells the many touching stories of her patients as a hospice nurse. So many valuable and memorable lessons learned and shared. I recommend this book highly for anyone wanting to understand how do truly live from stories of dying and true love.
Aug 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
Very disappointed. I saw her speak on You Tube and bought the book as I am interested in near death experiences. I finished about 20% before I deleted from my Kindle as it was not what I expected. I was turned off by her syrupy Christian style.
C. Ladd
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good info.

I loved Becki's video on you tube. It was as so lovely, and lively. I found the stories fascinating, in their similarities, and sweet in the southern dialect. Though the book had a few more stories and reflection, I really fell in love with Becki on that video
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Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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