Friday, January 18, 2013

"Peaceful Passage" by Kim West

Author: Kim West, PhD
                                                          PEACEFUL PASSAGE
“Peaceful Passage” by Kim West gets 5 stars from me. This book is not just a textbook on the subject of caring for the dying like others has been because Kim West has a PhD in Clinical Pastoring Counseling and an M.Div in Counseling and Family and she became her mother’s primary caregiver when it was discovered that her mother had a brain tumor and a tumor on her pancreas. This book is written for the primary caregiver or caregivers when hospice is chosen. This book is written from a personal view. This book was written using the author’s own experiences to prepare other families for their loved’s one final journey. It was easy to read and understand. Kim West gives many helpful suggestions as well as step by step instructions on how to choose the right hospice and what medication and other options to use and not to use. The author stresses that your loved one should be included in all the decisions because as she says “ This is their life, after all.” There is a workbook after each chapter  to record what steps and actions have been decided on as well as  a journal to record your personal thoughts. Kim West talks about what to expect from our loved one and from others in our family and even ourselves from first hearing the news that nothing can be done to after the funeral. I like the fact that we are offered hope during and after our loved one’s journey. I am sure this book will be a helpmate to anyone going through this journey.There was a couple of times that I cried while reading this book such as when the author said sometimes our loved one need permission to leave,because I had to do that with my grandma. I plan on sharing this book with my sisters as my mother has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.  The journal that Kim West kept during this time is included at the back of this book.   I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.
Peaceful Passage is available at the following online sites and your favorite bookstore


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