Cover Me, Part 2

I have received my next round of edits for the proposed cover of the book I will publish in early 2019.

If you recall the first two cover options, it’s obvious which theme I chose. However, there are now differences from that original. First, the back part (which is the same in the current four examples) has different wording.

But it’s the front of a book’s cover that matters most. That’s what my imagined reader–the one who doesn’t know me, who is looking for a resource on hospice–will first see . . . and it’s that glance at the front that will possibly lead to a “yes” or a “no” on making a purchase. Read More →

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Everyone (mostly) Needs Help

According to the social worker’s earliest notes on the medical chart, the patient’s son didn’t want any grief support after his father died.

The nurse who’d cared for his father echoed those sentiments when the family was discussed in the hospice team meeting. Since the patient—the father—had been in our hospice’s care for several months, there had been multiple visits by the social worker, nurse, and chaplain. All agreed the son said (before and at the time of death) that he was okay. Additionally, the son’s cousin—more like a trusted friend since childhood—happened to be one of our hospice nurses.

This cousin/nurse affirmed what others concluded: the son had shared he didn’t need additional bereavement support after his father’s death.




But the cousin, my hospice colleague, also said to me, and to the social worker who’d write the official chart notes, that the son should be contacted anyway.

“Give him a call,” the cousin/nurse said. Read More →

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Cover Me!

Cover choice #1

I would like your feedback.

Hopefully, in February or March of 2019, I will publish A Companion for the Hospice Journey. It includes essays I’ve written over the years about hospice care along with material created specifically for the book.

Right now, illustrator and design artist Tami Boyce is working on the cover. She has provided me with two choices. At this stage of her process, I need to provide input about changes and also decide which cover theme to use.

I have posted both covers. One obviously at the top, the other at the bottom. Which one do you prefer? Why? Any suggested changes in wording or colors or . . . well, I’ll leave any and all comments up to you! Read More →

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