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Oftentimes caregivers, friends, and family are unsure of what to say and what to do to comfort the sick and the dying. Midwife for Souls provides specific Catholic insight and highlights the power of prayer as a guide. This best-selling book has been revised to include a new section of inspiring stories and lessons learned in hospice ministry.

©1997, 2003 Kathy Kalina (P)2019 Tantor

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  • Kate Smith
  • 22-09-2020

Irritating narration

I recognize the author openly admits she is Catholic and this is a spiritual guide for Hospice nurses, but I read so many reviews that said one's religious preference shouldn't be a factor for any reader. I disagree - the Christian-focused advice and guidance in this book became irritating. While the beginning few chapters are more generally written for Hospice nurses and caregivers, it quickly read like a Christian guide to dying, focused on prayer as the sole source of healing, without which the dying process will surely be more difficult and tedious and should be avoided. While I don't dispute prayer can certainly help heal and bring peace to patients and families, I just want to emphasize that prayer may not be the primary tool for every Hospice nurse. I personally have no trouble interacting with religious and non-religious families alike. I also don't feel the need to bestow my faith upon any family to do my job, and I don't think it will necessarily help them with the dying process. Just keep that in mind when choosing this book. As a side note, the narration was practically a soft whisper at times, far too intimate and nuanced for my taste - just read the book. I actually think it would've been more enjoyable with better narration.

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