For more than fifteen years, hospice professional Madelyn Balitz has cared for people nearing their final days and been a cornerstone of support for their loved ones. She poured herself into All is Well: Understanding the End of Life, Caregiving, and Hospice Care with compassion, personal stories, and courage. Readers will come to understand the special needs of the dying and those who care for them.
Cicely Saunders, founder of the modern hospice movement in the 1960’s, said: “You matter because you are you, and you matter to the end of your life. We will do all we can not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die.” In All is Well, Balitz illustrates both what it means to live fully, and to die peacefully. You may have someone in mind for whom you are the primary caregiver, or someone you realize is not long for this world—but this book will cause you to also think about yourself, and to start making some of the most important choices you will ever have the opportunity to make. Then, and only then, do we have the freedom and peace to know, all is well. “Through stories and advice from a caregiver’s perspective, Balitz sets out a way to remove the fear and angst from what we will all face one day. In her realistic but large-hearted way, she compels readers to admit that death is a part of life, but that there is something that always lives on, and that is love. It is a powerful reminder that what is important in life, and in our legacy, is to love and be loved.” —Rev. Carol Fields, Hospice Chaplain“Practical, yet so calming and compassionate…about a topic we once thought was only depressing and difficult, All is Well opened our eyes and the conversation in our family. With our mom nearing her life’s end, we had many questions, and found answers as well as the ability to find peace and acceptance.” — Rick and Liz Vaughan“All is Well is just what I needed as I am working on my Advance Directives, Living Will, and so forth.
Balitz is the only person who could have written this book…because of her vast experience and direct knowledge, she knew just what to include, explain, and illustrate with examples so I finally understand this subject. I think now I can even talk about it with my family.” —T.L. Clark, retired business owner