6. Final Conversations by Keeley and Yingling


The book Final Conversations: Helping the Living and the Dying Talk to Each Other was written by Maureen P. Keeley, Ph.D. and Julie M. Yingling, Ph.D. This book is a compilation of quotes from individuals in their final days of life. The book also includes advice for speaking with loved ones who are approaching death. At the beginning of the book, the authors state that, “If you have made a commitment to spending time with someone you love, and you are wondering what to say and do, you are not alone. This book is for you.”

5. Final Gifts by Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley


The book Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the Dying was written by hospice nurses Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley. This book shares insights from the more than 20 years the authors spent caring for terminally ill patients. This book tells the stories of individuals and the communication they engaged in while approaching death. It also provides practical advice when caring for and communicating with a loved one in his or her last days.

4. Behavioral Sciences


There is a lack of information in the scientific literature regarding the last words and interactions of those at the end of life. Information regarding the end of life tends to focus on the mechanics of keeping a patient physically and emotionally comfortable. However, a 2017 article in the journal Behavioral Sciences entitled “Final Conversations: Overview and Practical Implications for Patients, Families, and Healthcare Workers” pulls together research on final conversations in order to help healthcare professionals and family members care for patients nearing the end of life.



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