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Hospice care is an active step toward managing pain, controlling symptoms, and providing the highest possible quality of life for as long as life remains. These books explain hospice services and can help you with providing hospice care at home.

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When Autumn Comes
When Autumn Comes: Creating Compassionate Care for the Dying Explores death from the perspective of a hospice volunteer. The expanded 2006 edition has been designed for use in volunteer training programs. Includes a Preface by Les Morgan of Growth House with an overview of how volunteers give service in hospice settings.

The Hospice Handbook The Hospice Handbook
A good overview of hospice care with advice on how to choose a provider. Author Larry Beresford is one of the Growth House bloggers.

book cover Sacred Passage
Author Margaret Coberly, a hospice nurse, shows how to provide fearless, compassionate care for the dying from a Buddhist perspective. Growth House Radio's Education Channel includes an audio file of Margaret Coberly reading a selection on talking with dying people. music speaker icon

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Transitions in Dying and Bereavement: A Psychosocial Guide for Hospice and Palliative Care book cover
Explains the key transitions chronically ill and dying people and their families face during the process from diagnosis to death to bereavement.

The Hospice Choice The Hospice Choice
A good overview of hospice care with advice on how to choose a provider.

Caregiving: Hospice-Proven Techniques for Healing Body and Soul
book cover By Douglas C. Smith. This is one of the best books we've found on ways to improve the quality of compassionate care for people who are dying. Overall, the book is a remarkable achievement, with a perfect blend of "how to" material held together within an ethical framework that we endorse wholeheartedly.

[cover] Scope and Standards of Hospice and Palliative Nursing Practice
American Nurses Association. Covers the specifics of the general and advanced practice levels of hospice and palliative care specialties in a variety of settings. Summarizes the development and status, standards of care, standards of professional practice, and measurement criteria.

Hospice and Palliative Care: Concepts and Practice, Second Edition
[cover] By Walter B. Forman, Denice C. Sheehan, Robert P. Anderson. New edition of this authoritative professional guide from a team that includes some of the world's top specialists.

The Complete Bedside Companion
[cover] This comprehensive and compassionate handbook is an excellent guide for home caregiving to the seriously sick and dying.

Hospice Care for Patients With Advanced Progressive Dementia
[cover] An outstanding technical reference for this difficult type of care.

Symptom Management Algorithms for Palliative Care
book cover By Linda D. Seaman. This technical resource for palliative care professionals presents decision algorithms for assessment and management of pain and common symptoms in terminal illness. Includes material on appetite problems and their relation to palliative nutrition. The author is the Medical Director for Providence Hospice of Yakima Washington.

Hospice Care For Children
book cover A professional resource book for this special type of service.

At Home With Terminal Illness
A simple handbook for home hospice care.

I'm Here To Help
Basic communication skills for hospice volunteers and staff. A great choice for anyone working in a hospice setting.

Volunteers in Hospice and Palliative Care: A Handbook for Volunteer Service Managers
book cover By Derek Doyle. Provides comprehensive, practical guidance on the responsibilities of those who lead, coordinate, and manage volunteers in small hospices, large specialist palliative care units, and general hospitals. Covers selection, training, supervision and support, and legal and ethical issues.