Living with a life-threatening illness presents challenges and difficulties few can imagine, or even think about. Families of those people living with the illness are faced with making extraordinarily difficult decisions, often in the midst of emotionally-draining circumstances. Healthcare providers must present the facts surrounding end-of-life decision-making, while offering comfort and support to patients and their families. Honest answers, practical advice, and spiritual guidance are critical to helping patients and families during this extremely difficult time.
In fact, most of us will face these end-of-life healthcare decisions, either as we plan our estates, establish advance directives or face our own or a family member’s life-threatening illness. Hank Dunn’s books, “Hard Choices for Loving People: CPR, Artificial Feeding. Comfort Care and the Patient with a Life-threatening Illness” and “Light in the Shadows: Meditations While Living with a Life-Threatening Illness,” are reliable, highly readable end-of -life resources for helping people understand the issues surrounding end-of-life decisions, so they can make informed choices. Drawing on his 30 years of experience as a hospice, nursing home, and hospital chaplain, Hank Dunn offers answers, advice, and the spiritual and emotional guidance that helps patients, families, and healthcare providers navigate this territory, as they learn to “let go and let be.” In his best-selling books, readers get the benefit of Hank Dunn’s experience, as he gently guides them through the tough questions and emotional turmoil that surround this time of life. A combination of thorough medical research, practical advice, and spiritual guidance, these books are must-have companions for anyone touched by a family member living with a life-threatening illness. This advice about end-of-life decision making can help anyone making plans to ensure that their wishes are carried out and that their families are prepared to deal with these hard choices.