3. Famous Last Words by Ray Robinson
The book Famous Last Words, Fond Farewells, Deathbed Diatribes, and Exclamations Upon Expiration offers a sometimes humorous glimpse at words spoken at the time of death. This book includes tidbits such as Civil War general John Sedgwick’s statement, “They couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance“ right before a bullet smashed into his skull. Final words in this book are accompanied by a brief biography of each speaker, making this volume an entertaining, yet historical, tome.
2. Last Words of Saints and Sinners by Herbert Lockyear
The book Last Words of Saints and Sinners by Herbert Lockyear contains 700 end-of-life quotes from everyday individuals, politicians, atheists, and Christians alike. Public speakers and preachers may turn to this book when looking for quotes for speeches and sermons. Another book, Dying, Death & Destiny, a Book of Hope, was written by Lockyear to instill hope in those facing death.
1. Situations That Affect Speech at the End of Life
Family members may gather around a loved one’s bedside, hoping for last words of wisdom, love, and insight. However, there are situations that may affect a terminally ill patient’s ability to communicate. Pain medications, the ravages of disease, fogginess, delirium, and fatigue can all interfere with dying individuals’ ability to communicate. This may prevent them from sharing the words of love and wisdom within their minds and hearts. Furthermore, some patients may be rendered incapable of speech. Regardless, nonverbal forms of communication and support include being present, holding the loved one’s hand, and caring for physical needs.