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Book Club (hybrid)
Wednesday, February 21, 2024, 2:00 PM until 3:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) (UTC-06:00)
Alicia Ashman Library OR Zoom
733 N High Point Rd
Madison, WI 53713
Videoconference information will be provided in an email once registration is complete.
SAIL Social Gathering
Registration is required
This month's group will be hybrid
Book for this month: The In-Between: Unforgettable Encounters During Life's Final Moments by Hadley Vlohos
Member Patrice says “I liked it this book because it was written by someone with frontline, hands-on experience, who neither sugarcoats or glamorizes the end-of-life joys & struggles we will all face someday. I agree with one of the book's online reviewers who said: “Written with profound insight, humility, and respect, The In-Between is a heartrending memoir that shows how caring for others [at the end of life]can transform,” in a positive way, both the dying and the living. "
Talking about death and dying is considered taboo in polite company, and even in the medical field. Our ideas about dying are confusing at best: Will our memories flash before our eyes? Regrets consume our thoughts? Does a bright light appear at the end of a tunnel? For most people, it will be a slower process, one eased with preparedness, good humor, and a bit of faith. At the forefront of changing attitudes around palliative care is hospice nurse Hadley Vlahos, who shows that end-of-life care can teach us just as much about how to live as it does about how we die.
Vlahos was raised in a strict religious household, but began questioning her beliefs in high school after the sudden death of a friend. When she got pregnant at nineteen, she was shunned by her community and enrolled herself in nursing school to be able to support herself and her baby. But nursing soon became more than a job: when she focused on palliative care and hospice work, it became a calling.
In The In-Between, Vlahos recounts the most impactful experiences she’s had with the people she’s worked with—from the woman who never once questioned her faith until she was close to death, to the older man seeing visions of his late daughter, to the young patient who laments that she spent too much of her short life worrying about what others thought of her—while also sharing her own fascinating journey.
Written with profound insight, humility, and respect, The In-Between is a heartrending memoir that shows how caring for others can transform a life while also offering wisdom and comfort for those dealing with loss and providing inspiration for how to live now.