this week’s episode & tiny death story

November 12, 2021

our latest podcast episode

Barbara Karnes, RN Award Winning End of Life Educator, Award Winning Nurse, NHPCO Hospice Innovator Award Winner 2018 & 2015 International Humanitarian Woman of the Year, while at the bedside of hundreds of people during the dying process, noticed that each death was following a near identical script. Each person was going through the stages of death in almost the same manner and most families came to her with similar questions.

These realizations led Barbara to sit down and write Gone From My Sight, "The Little Blue Book" that changed the hospice industry. Gone From My Sight is the original, and remains the most widely used, patient/family educational booklet on the signs of approaching death. It has been in print continuously since 1985 and has sold over thirty million copies world wide. With its publication and distribution, Barbara created one of the most important tools in the end of life movement today.

Barbara Karnes, RN, is an internationally respected speaker, educator, author, and thought leader on matters of end of life. She is a renowned authority on the dying process and a leading educator for families, healthcare professionals, and the community at large. Barbara's award winning DVDs and books about death and dying are starting conversations and changing lives - in this country and around the world. In her work, Barbara compassionately explains stages of the dying process, living with a life threatening illness, pain management, and how people grieve. She explains how important it is to take care of yourself as a caregiver and offers guidelines for professionals.

Barbara has held both clinical and leadership positions, including staff nurse, clinical supervisor, and executive director at Hospices and Home Health Care agencies. Since 1994, Barbara has traveled the country speaking about end of life issues and the stages of dying at national and state hospice and palliative care organization conferences, state associations, colleges, nursing schools, hospitals, and hospices. She is the expert that hospice and other healthcare professionals count on to teach them how to explain the dying process to families.

Barbara has dedicated the last 40 years of her life to the education, care, and support of dying people and their loved ones. The most useful and important things that she's learned along the way have been distilled into her materials.

“People don’t understand that there’s a normal, natural way of dying. My materials are written to guide and support anyone who finds themselves addressing end of life situations. The goal is to help people have a positive experience so everyone involved will have a sacred memory to carry with them.” - Barbara Karnes, RN.

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American Hospice Pioneer: Barbara Karnes, RN

Bob and Sonja were on the verge of a divorce when Bob developed cancer. He required multiple surgeries leaving him on a feeding tube and with a tracheotomy. He required a lot of care. Hospice provided dressing changes, bathing, and volunteers BUT most of the work fell on Sonja. Caring for someone at the end of their life is hard work. It is 24/7 involvement. It is physically and emotionally draining. Love for that person generally gives us the strength to meet each day, each task. How do you get through that time when there is no love?

- American Hospice Pioneer, Barbara Karnes, RN

People are reporting beautiful exhales in writing and reading our new mini-story offerings.

You can find Tiny 100 word Death Stories on our Facbook and Instagram accounts. Links at bottom.

We want to hear your tiny death story. This project is a place to share stories from people of all walks of life. Riffing off of the “flash fiction” concept, we will post these to our Instagram and Facebook and website pages.

They must be true, personal, and 100 words or less. Send your story, a photo, and how you’d like your name to appear to

We reserve the right to choose appropriate stories, edit as needed, and by submitting your story you agree for it to be a part of this project.

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