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In this episode, Barbara shares an experience from when she was a 16-year-old nurse’s aide asked to sit with someone dying. Terrified to do so, she was told to let them know, meaning the nurse’s station, when they died.
Barbara Karnes, RN, is an internationally recognized author, speaker, thought leader, and expert on end-of-life care and dying dynamics. Barbara was recognized in 2018 as a Hospice Innovator by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and was named the 2015 International Humanitarian Woman of the Year by the World Humanitarian Awards.
Barbara’s experience as a hospice care provider at the bedside of hundreds of people and as an administrator overseeing the care of thousands led to the 1985 publication of Gone from My Sight: The Dying Experience. Affectionately referred to in the industry as the “little blue hospice book,” Gone from My Sight has sold over 30 million copies worldwide, is published in 12 languages, and remains the leading resource on the market today, educating families on the signs of approaching death.
In 2015, Barbara’s film New Rules for End-of-Life Care was featured in film festivals worldwide and was the recipient of 10 prestigious film awards.
Barbara’s other award-winning publications and films include:
The Eleventh Hour: A Caring Guideline to the Hours to Minutes Before Death
A Time to Live: Living with a Life-Threatening Illness
My Friend, I Care: The Grief Experience
You Need Care Too: Self Care for the Professional Caregiver
How Do I Know You? Dementia at End of Life
A Place in My Heart: When Our Pets Die
Pain at End of Life: What You Need to Know About End-of-Life Pain and Comfort Management
The Final Act of Living: Reflections of a Long-Time Hospice Nurse
Care for the Caregiver, DVD
This is How People Die, DVD