Seven Days of Hospice: A Memoir
by D.M. Wilmes
Seven Days of Hospice: Memoir is a compelling true-to-life account about the author's experience during his mother's last seven days of life while in hospice care, and the miraculous ending of her journey This uplifting story will help other families come to terms with the roller coaster of emotions felt during a loved ones final days.
Blessed with a loving marriage and six children, Elaine Wilmes was about to enter the autumn of her life-then she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After a year of chemotherapy and Herceptin treatments, the doctors pronounced her cancer-free. But her cancer reappeared with a vengeance, first with the development of bone cancer, and then brain cancer.
When all treatment options had been exhausted, the family called hospice, whose mission is to support terminally ill patients and their families. Through hospice care, the family was able to release Elaine to the great beyond as quietly, painlessly, and lovingly as possible and witness her passing with renewed hope and in a profound and life-changing way.
This heart-rending memoir gives powerfully candid, moment-to-moment descriptions of the end-of-life experience. Narrated by one of Elaine's sons, D. M. Wilmes, this uplifting story will help other families come to terms with the roller coaster of emotions felt during a loved one's final days.
Winner of Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Finalist, Reader Views Literary Award for Best Memoir/Autobiography, Midwest Independent Publishers Association Book Award Finalist, USA Book News Best Book Award Finalist, and the iUniverse Publishers Choice Award.
- D.M. Wilmes, December 2010
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