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Hospice Hope: A Book Review

Book Review

Hospice HopeToday I will be sharing my review of the book, “Hospice Hope: Uplifting Stories of Those in Hospice” by Chaplain Dale A. Swan. I met Chaplain Dale when my husband was in hospice. He gave me his book to help me through that time, I was so impressed that I wanted to write a review of it. The first thing that I noticed was Chaplain Dale’s voice in the stories he wrote for “Hospice Hope.” Reading the short reflections was like talking to him, with his positive and yet, sensitive manner.

Hospice Hope?

You wouldn’t think that reading stories about people dying would be very uplifting, but it was! Each story truly offered hope: Hope for a good death, hope for reconciliation with loved ones and with God, hope that our lives can mean something, even if they seem to be cut short too early. I am so thankful that I was able to read “Hospice Hope” at a time when I really needed that hope. I still think of the lives Chaplain Dale was able to touch—and be touched by.

A Beautiful Paperback

Currently, “Hospice Hope” is in paperback format, only. It’s a beautiful book whose cover image is the Split Rock Light House, from the painting “Guiding Light” by Minnesota artist, Kim Norlien. This is a book that was easy to take with me in waiting rooms to read. Because the stories are brief (usually only a page or two), it is easy to read in snippets.


While Chaplain Dale’s faith in God is clearly a part of his message, it is an ecumenical one that should be easy for people of all faiths (and no faith) to appreciate. He is not proselytizing in “Hospice Hope.” Still, because of the strong message of faith, I believe this book will especially be appreciated by a Christian audience, particularly if they have or have lost a loved one with a terminal illness.

While I received this book for free, from the author, it was not in exchange for a review. I wrote this review of my own will and the opinions I’ve expressed are mine, alone.

I give “Hospice Hope” 5 stars!

“Hospice Hope” can be purchased in paperback form HERE.

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In 2012 doctors diagnosed my husband, Dan, with stage IV lung cancer. Since then, our family has been learning what it means to face cancer. I’ve focused my writing and speaking on helping cancer patients and their families advocate for themselves and live life to the fullest, in spite of their illness. My goal is to help people face cancer with grace.

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