The Final Journey — Complete Hospice Care for Departing Vaisnavas written by Susan Pattinson RN (Sangita devi dasi) is and will be an invaluable tool for anyone who will be caring for a dying relative or friend. It provides the reader with extensive, palliative guidelines for the delivery of care to devotees in the last stages of life. This book is a textbook template for caring for the dying. Using comfortable vocabulary and real examples from her own life, the author provides us with a sense of confidence to take on this most glorious service — attending to Vaisnavas during the most important phase of their lives. This book is a Krishna-ized look at the compassionate art of Hospice care and is expertly written for the professional health care worker, as well as the layperson in easy to understand language. As the title suggests this is a complete guide which includes all aspects of care that one needs to confidently care for their patient. The book integrates practical knowledge of hospice care for the dying with the spiritual wisdom given to us by Srila Prabhupada. It includes topics such as compassion toward spiritual pain and the importance of prayers and holy association. Final Journey is an excellent guide for providing care to devotees in the last stages of life.
What is Hospice?
What is Holistic Care?
The Grief Process
Pain management and the use of Allopathic medicine
Complementary Therapies for Comfort Care
Care of the Caregiver
Signs and Symptoms of Approaching Death
POst-mortem Care, Cremation Ceremony and Memorial Service
Grieving, Healing and Rejoicing for the Vaisnavas