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For five years our family was enrolled in the real-life course of geriatric care for Dan's 100+ year-old grandmother. While our initial role was to provide respite care, as her condition worsened we were assigned to more and more of her day-to-day treatment. When hospice stepped in, instead of taking over her nursing, they trained our family how to provide it. Honestly, we learned more than we ever wanted to know! However, underlying all this instruction were some creepy philosophical ideas that left us feeling very unsettled about using hospice.

After Grammy's death I stumbled upon this eye-opening book, authored by Deborah Howard, an RN and a CHPN (Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse). While her primary purpose in writing this book is to help those who are trying to cope with the suffering and death of someone they love, in the process she explains in detail the medical aspect of the dying process and the function of the hospice organization, all in the context of a clear message of hope in Christ. This book has caused us to do a 180 in our attitude with respect to hospice and to regret that we didn't read this book in the final year of Grammy's life. It would have made a huge difference in our care efforts, addressed our fears, and prepared us for those final days.

There are many home educators who are finding themselves a part of the sandwich generation, caring for both their children and their parents. I know God is glorified when we choose to put aside creature comforts and desires to minister to the elderly and infirm. Should you find yourselves in the heart-breaking situation of watching a loved one step from mortality to immortality, be they the elderly, or more heartrending, a young child, Sunsets can inform, prepare and give you a God-glorifying perspective.

Because it is appointed unto all of us to die, this is an essential book that belongs in every well-stocked home library.

Download the Foreword, Preface, Introduction, and Chapter 1 as a PDF.

Publisher's Information
Author: Deborah Howard, RN, CHPN
Pages: 336
Binding: Paperback
Copyright: 2005
ISBN: 9781581346459
Publisher: Crossway Books
Published in: USA

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 2 Write a review.

  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
I received it when my father was dying November 5, 2008
Reviewer: Joy R. from Trussville, AL  
This book was a blessing as I received it right at the time my father was dying from cancer last year.  I've already shared it with two friends and am so thankful for the words of wisdom and comfort offered in relation to living with someone who is dying.

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  2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
in June my husband was diagnosed with cancer... September 10, 2008
Reviewer: Julie from Kent, WA  
I want to thank you for providing such good resources! I've appreciated several of your resources over the years but one that was a tremendous help to me in my recent journey was the book Sunsets.

I was planning for this school year (2007-2008) and came across the book Sunsets in your catalogue. After reading your comments on it I thought it was something I might find helpful.

You see in June of '06 my husband was diagnosed with adrenal cortical cancer and in November '06 we found it had moved to his lungs. At that point we knew he only had months not years. It is a rare yet very aggressive type of cancer. He started chemo and were thankful for the added time it was giving us. However around June/July of '07 the cancer stopped responding and it spread quickly. He tried other chemo but the chances weren't good they would help.

Around this time I saw the book in your catalogue, ordered it, and read it. Although parts of it were hard to read I found it was those parts that were what I needed to prepare me for what was to come. It is rare to find a book as helpful to me as that book was.

You see everything progressed much faster than we thought it would. We asked for Hospice one day (late August '07) they came on a Tuesday and by that Thursday evening he died. It was an answer to prayer that it went quickly but even hospice was unable to keep up with the rapid decline.

However, because of that book (and knowing my husband) I was able to understand what was happening, know what he needed, and communicate our needs much better than I would have if I didn't read that book. Being able to help my husband that way at the last meant so much to me!

The book also helped prepare me spiritually for the difficult journey of letting go, and the grieving that we continue to struggle with. It is so hard to find the kind of solid advice and comfort that the book Sunsets gave me and I just wanted to thank you for providing that kind of resource.

In Christ,
Kent, WA

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