What Can The Dying Teach Us About Living?
Author, Newspaper Columnist & 30-year Oncology/Hospice Nurse Becki Hawkins Educates Us All in TRANSITIONS: A Nurse’s Education About Life and Death
Hawkins also provides a blueprint on how to help those go in peace, grace and love
When you’ve compassionately aided people leave the planet for 30 years–helped them be comfortable, reduced their pain and listened to their words–what emerges is not just a way of dying, but also a way of living. That’s what Becki Hawkins discovered in her uplifting and beautiful new book, TRANSITIONS: A Nurse’s Education About Life and Death.
Hawkins, who spent the heart of her career as an oncology and hospice nurse in Oklahoma, offers 60 tenderly-rendered short recollections of those experiences that stayed with her…the one’s that touched her heart, took her breadth away and opened her to a greater wisdom. It’s that wisdom which she shares with us–how we can live better, more richly, more wisely and with greater love before we, too, transition-and look back to wonder what we missed.
And, furthermore, how we can help those who are dying to go with grace, peace and love.
First offered in her regionally-syndicated newspaper column “Beyond Statistics,” Hawkins’ stories so resonated with the community that she wanted to share them via her book. She began the column shortly after she first started caring for the terminally
ill, and was overwhelmed with emotion. It was her husband that suggested she start journaling to release that emotion, and from those first scribblings, her column was born.
The time spent at the bedside while giving someone chemotherapy, or doing wound care, giving blood products, or at their bedside at home with hospice often created an opportunity for a patient to tell Becki their story. A natural storyteller and a great listener, Hawkins brought a great dose of love to all in her work.
Hawkins, who is a sought-after speaker today, will make your listeners feel as if they have shared these enlightened moments. She’ll bring to life the woman who came to chemo in her mink coat, the old woman tough enough to share her bed with a copperhead snake, the Amish family who let Becki care for their dying mother despite Becki’s bright orange-red spiky hair, the couple married 75 years with a charming recipe for staying married, the man who saw angels, the many who had Near Death Experiences, the sisters who laughed until they parted, the SOB who turned out be a gentleman, and her brother who taught her that redemption and courage can be profound after years of dissipation. To Learn More About Our Guest, Visit: www.LadyHawkPublishing.com