About My Father in Verse
My Father in Verse contains 19 moving poems designed to address important family issues surrounding the end of life. The 38-page book helps people face and resolve practical matters and unspoken issues, address failing health as a normal life process, prepare for final bodily care stages, and confront how they feel about death. It offers a strategy of how to learn to say “I’m sorry”, “I forgive you”, “I love you” and “Good-bye”. Questions at the end of the book are indexed by poem to provide discussion starters for yourself, a small discussion group, or a counselor or pastor working with an individual or family facing the end of life.
It will be a comforting aid to final stage patients.
Angela Hunt holds a degree in the Psychology of Communications from Concordia University, St. Paul, MN, and is a grieving caregiver whose father recently passed away. She shares her time with her husband of 35 years, her grown children, grandchild, friends, and close extended family.
How to Benefit Most from this Book
Sometimes exploring a third person account gives just enough distance to come up with one’s own solutions.
This book was written to help both the patient and the family come to terms with the experience of imminent death. During my father's challenge with colon cancer and aortic stenosis, I learned the importance of being available to the ill person.
Don’t be afraid to address death. Only by directly facing one of our most difficult and troubling questions can we leave this earth — or let someone else do so – without regrets.
Why do you need this book?
The questions for discussion, which are keyed to the poems, can be used one-on-one or with a group. If you are
having difficulty approching a certain topic let the poetry introduce it. For example, opening a discussion about moving
to an assisted living situation or nursing home can be troubling. Let my family's experiences, in poem form,
create a scenario with enough emotional distance to see it rationally. Then move to your own special case.
If you are a caregiver of a terminally ill patient
Or you are a family member needing to resolve some relationship issues,
If you recognize the value of investing in your own spiritual journey
Or you are struggling to face your own mortality,
If you just enjoy important poetry,
This book is for you.
If you have already begun the grieving process for a parent
Or are trying to figure out what awaits you,
If you work with the elderly, infirm, or bereaved,
Or the potential of final days and moments fascinates you,
If you need a gift for a friend that says what you don’t know how to express,
This book is for you.