Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of The Dying
By Maggie Callanan, Patricia Kelley
Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing, 1997, 231 pages
When someone we love is terminally ill, we are often unprepared to deal with the experience. But the dying have much to tell us and give to us. Final Gifts is a deeply moving, groundbreaking book that teaches us how to recognize and "decode" the often symbolic communications of those on the verge of death. In this humane, compassionate and insightful approach to helping the dying, Callanan and Kelley show families, friends and other caregivers how to listen to the dying, how to understand and accept what they wish or need to share and how to learn from this awesome life event in ways that bring understanding, comfort, intimacy and peace.