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Authors Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley have worked as hospice nurses and collectively observed the last days of many patients. This book is their attempt. FINAL GIFTS. An interview with. Maggie Callanan on. Nearing-Death Awareness by. Gilles Bédard. January 19, What is your professional background?. Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kellley, the authors of “Final Gifts,” are hospice nurses with years of experience in the care of dying patients.

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In the course of their experience, they noticed that people close to death began to communicate their feelings and needs using metaphors and references to things in the past. For instance, one couple who had been married many years loved to travel.

Final Gifts

When the gidts developed a cancer that spread rapidly throughout her body, her husband took care at her home with the help of hospice. One day the husband called the hospice, concerned that his wife had become confused. Through a series of gentle questions, the husband and nurse figured out that the woman was talking about lines related to travel — security lines, lines to board a flight, and so forth.

The husband asked his wife if she was planning to take a trip.

The woman smiled and nodded. The man took his wife in his arms and told her it was all right to take this journey alone and that he would be with her later. The next morning, the woman died peacefully. Sometimes the person will actually speak to these unseen visitors. Other times someone will look at an empty space in the room and smile and wave. Some, like the woman in the first example, want permission to die or to express the things they need to die in peace.


Another common theme is the terminally ill person intuiting when they will die.

For instance, one of the authors was taking a two-week vacation. She said goodbye to a patient who was not expected to die for several more months. I had a brush with nearing death awareness when my father passed away.

Final Gifts (Maggie Callanan & Patricia Kelley): Book Review – Cancer Awakens

I think he knew he would not be there for another Christmas, and he giffs to find a way to communicate his love to us. I knew he hated to talk about his emotions, but I thanked him profusely and told him how much he had meant to me as a father.

I worked finak a hospice social worker for seven years, and referred to this book many times when I was trying to communicate with my dying patients. I just callajan reading this book and thought it was phenomenal! My Mom died July 4, and 5 weeks before she died she was in nursing home she said she thought she had 3 to 6 months left to live.


Her decline happened within 15 hours and she had hospice, so I believe she timed her death — it was 5 weeks after I flew down to Fla. I just ordered this book yesterday. I am hoping it will help when my grandmother passes.

FINAL GIFTS by Maggie Callanan , Kelley Kelley | Kirkus Reviews

She is not in the late stages of it. But in the nursey home she was getting up because she said her parents were coming to get her.

They passed long ago. She fell and got banged up kaggie bad but she thinks a girl did it on Halloween night. I am really looking forward to the read. Thank you very much. Your email address will not be published. Posted on May 27, by Debra L.

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This entry was posted in Lending Insight and tagged Death and Dyingend of life communicationFinal GiftsHospiceMaggie Callanannearing death awarenessPatricia Kelleyterminal illness. September 26, at 4: Dawn Report this comment.

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