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Notes from the Waiting Room • How to Efficiently Settle the Family Estate • Harvest the Bounty of Your Career
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How to advocate medically during any hospitalization, with a focus on aspects of hospitalizations that threaten to become, or do turn, terminal. The last third examining revisioning the end of life to support our universally-stated goal of dying in peace. A 2009 Colorado Book Awards finalist. Download a preview of Notes from the Waiting Room.
Many sources offer guidance for planning and building the legal scaffolding for an estate. Few exist offering guidance for settling an inherited estate. This succinct book does just and only that.Download a preview of How to Efficiently Settle the Family Estate
Axiom Action also publishes the award-winning full-color book, Harvest the Bounty of Your Career, by Deborah F Windrum. This exquisite full-color book is perfect gift for yourself or a deep-feeling, deep-thinking loved one who wants to explore entry into a next phase of life. Harvest uses a tree metaphor (roots, branches, fruits, seeds) to guide readers into a reflective state and out again into a future mapped to past accomplishments and envisioned achievements. This 172 page, 7″x9″ volume is a joy to hold, with 19 inspiring full-color art plates and a beautiful tear-off bookmark on the back cover flap.
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Want to die AT peace (in emotional and spiritual tranquility)? Got to die IN peace (through the untroubled experience—by both the dying and survivors—of the months, weeks, and days comprising a demise). And advocating medically—for any hospitalization—means far more than being a second pair of ears and eyes, or a signatory when our loved ones cannot speak for themselves.
It is possible that a loved one’s terminal hospitalization and demise will go smoothly, with well-considered communication, excellent treatment, and compassionate care for the patient and family alike—altogether, a humane container for a loved one’s passing.
It is possible—perhaps likely—that your patient-family will experience exactly the opposite—problematic treatment, absent or dysfunctional communication, and a dispassionate absence of care that leaves you feeling abandoned. These conditions result in needless shock and harm and a lingering, additional sense of loss. Through Notes from the Waiting Room you will learn how to mitigate and minimize needless, detrimental systemic shocks.
During serious and terminal hospitalizations, only two things really matter: protecting and using every available opportunity to commune with your loved one, and obtaining treatment direction from your loved one. These opportunities can be infringed upon. They can and do vanish. If we don’t utilize them, our loss deepens, lingering in our hearts and souls with additional weight.
Published in 2008, Notes remains completely pertinent to experiences still encountered by millions today. Although Notes predates framing our conundrums in terms of overcoming obstacles to peaceful dying, it delves deeply into the first five and remains the foundation for my live programs (see this site’s Programs page for information about the obstacles and their programs).
Patient-families are literally dying to know how to manage and best shape their end-days. That’s too hard a way to learn. Wouldn’t it be better to know in advance so that it doesn’t take a loved one’s death to have figured out, too late, the best choices and actions and when to take them?
Notes is written conversationally. It’s accessible, yet incisive; one way to describe Notes is that it’s a root cause analysis of systemic shock and harm. Written within the context of end-of-life, Notes room is primarily about how to advocate during any hospitalization. Notes‘ last third is a unique look at aspects of dying that few have considered, to help us revision the end of life in order to experience what we say we want: to die in peace.
Notes from the Waiting Room was a 2009 Colorado Book Awards finalist.
Safer hospitalization; less heartache; right closure.
Notes is independently published by Bart and Axiom Action.
Purchasing Notes here directly and significantly supports Bart’s
patient advocacy and end-of-life revisioning work.
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The 46 page preview (of 336 pages total) contains:
• Cataloging in Publication
• Introductory thoughts for those in acute need or crisis
• Introductory story
• 2 lead-in pages to each of the following sections:
.. Section 1: Effectively Represent Your Loved One
.. Section 2: Effectively Manage Hospitalization
.. Section 3: The Imperative to Change End of Life
.. Section 4: Toward Heavenly Days
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Notes from the Waiting Room focuses primarily on understanding how hospitals really function and how patient-families can effectively function within them. Notes’ major topics include: • how to be an effective personal representative • essential legal documents • the distinction between treatment versus care and how that affects us • forecasting future events and minimizing needless, harmful shocks • obtaining decision-making assistance and family support from hospital personnel • a potpourri of hospital how-to’s • a complete, in-depth, one-of-a-kind discussion about quandaries related to resuscitation directives and treatment • the nature and realities of hospitalized dying • how to achieve the peaceful death most of us say we want.
Additionally, Notes offers a comprehensive discussion about how to consider, and perhaps arrive at, a decision to choose end-of-life care without hospitalization
Acting on any one of this book’s revelations will save your patient-family from angst and heartache that can linger for years afterward.
Notes from the Waiting Room Book Facts
6×9 with front and rear gatefold cover flaps (can be used as bookmarks)
336 pages, 17 page index
Estate settlement is a bittersweet coda to a loved one’s passing. This part-time business need not be defined by additional ongoing obstacles. Acquire your estate and fulfill your responsibilities with the fewest hassles possible.
When a second parent or a spouse dies, after we’ve fulfilled our duty and responsibility to help them in their passing, we who remain, designated as agent under a Durable Property Power of Attorney, and/or as estate trustee, have another significant task: settling the family estate.
It’s a part-time business that you’ll run for some months. If your loved one’s property is half a continent from your own home, the situation is even more demanding. How can you do what you need to do with the utmost efficiency, with the least cost, effort, hassle, and delay?
As with hospitalization, the entities with whom you interact may not, and sometimes can not or will not, tell you what you really need to know. How to Efficiently Settle the Family Estate tells you. Acting on any one of this book’s suggestions will save you from needless aggravation, wasted time, and expense.
Sure control, less runaround, easier results.
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Estate is delivered electronically in PDF format and will require Adobe Reader or Apple Preview (or some other PDF reader). It is formatted exactly as is Notes in print. Estate will print centered on lettersized sheets in case you’d like to trim and bind (6″x9″, wire coil suggested) at a place like Fedex Office.
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How to Efficiently Settle The Family Estate Book Facts
Downloadable PDF file
72 pages, 5 page index
This PDF file can be duplex printed centered on 8.5×11 sheets. Trim marks are included for those who wish to cut and/or bind (small wire coil recommended).
Notes from the Waiting Room citizen readers say:
I finished this superb book with tears in my eyes, a smile on my lips, and a grand thank you for what Bart Windrum has given us. Every chapter begins with an overview and ends in action steps. Windrum provide suggestions, solutions and proposals for moving forward. Calling the medical profession on its lapses in fulfilling its promises and duty, Notes balances criticism by understanding providers’ huge problems and with praise for what they do right. I hope others will have the same good learning experience as I had from Bart’s generosity. Notes from the Waiting Room has motivated me to finally attend to our end-of-life responsibilities so my survivors’ load can be as light as possible when I pass on. What better result from any book? — Carol Sheer
Notes from the Waiting Room is an excellent resource for those with aging relatives and an inspiring motivation for all of us to realize that it’s never too early to think about our own health care delivery choices. Bart Windrum’s personal experiences and clearly-stated stories and examples remind us that the most opportune time to address these issues is well in advance. This book can be utilized as a gentle way to broach end-of-life decisions with loved ones and ensures that the reader won’t overlook any important subjects. That Windrum has lived through these experiences with both of his parents gives him credibility and authority and the time and effort he has devoted to researching his subject matter is evident. Notes is easy to read and is written in a way that the average person will easily comprehend. This author has done us all a great service by sharing his experiences and his expertise with the goal of making our inevitable journey down this path much easier. — Calinative
Doctors, ethicists, advocates, and policy makers say:
New Discourse About Medical Care Notes from the Waiting Room distinguishes Bart Windrum as a thought-provoking author who has opened new discourse about end-stage medical care. His balanced presentation and practical analysis lays a foundation for finding direction at the most difficult moments. As a Boomer with aging parents, Notes from the Waiting Room provides me with perspectives to stimulate fresh conversations with my parents and family. Having read Notes, I now plan to keep it with me whenever I find myself in the waiting room. — Jane Mountain, MD
A poignant and elegant examination of tensions interfering with the peaceful demise most Americans say they want. Constructive, engaging, and challenging, Notes from the Waiting Room critiques the institutionalized confusion around end-of-life goals, whereby well-intentioned people end up conflicted between deeply held values and biotechnology’s siren song. A must-read for laypersons and professionals who champion common sense, good stewardship, and humane caring. — Diann Uustal, RN, MS, EdD; Clinical Ethicist, Palliative Care and End-of-Life Consultant, President, Educational Resources in HealthCare, Inc.
A practical, wise, and timely exploration of an inescapable universal event. This book speaks to us all. — Richard D. Lamm, former three-term Colorado Governor, Co-Director of the University of Denver Institute for Public Policy Studies
Notes from the Waiting Room offers the most detailed account I have read of the in-hospital dying experience, drawing out a wide range of ethical, medical, cultural, practical, and family issues. Bart Windrum’s introduction of new language in both Notes and Windrum’s Matrix of Dying Terms are important contributions to this complicated dialog and a gift to all of us. — Dennis McCullough, MD, Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging, author of My Mother Your Mother: Embracing “Slow Medicine,” The Compassionate Approach to Caring for Your Aging Loved Ones
One of the best books out there! I was really blown away when I read it. Every potential hospital patient that’s all of us) should read Notes from the Waiting Room. — Helen Haskell, MAME/Moms Against Medical Error, South Carolina USA
A well-researched and well-written guidebook for getting ready to manage dying in a hospital. Some parts were good enough to read aloud. — James Leonard Park; see full review here in the Terminal Care from the Consumer’s Point of View category
Making difficult medical and ethical choices can be stressful and frightening. Perhaps rightfully, Notes from the Waiting Room paints hospitals in a questionable light. The Option to Die in PEACE (Patient Ethical Alternative Care Elective) is of great benefit to patients and families everywhere, providing a practical framework to master the maze of conflicting options and opinions. Do as Bart Windrum suggests: take your favorite hospital chaplain to lunch and learn what is going on. — Robert Eaton, Director of Mission and Spiritual Care, Office of Mission and Ministry, St. Anthony Central Hospital, Denver, Colorado
Seeking Care Amidst Chaos Published studies have demonstrated marked shortcomings in end-of-life care in the hospital including untreated pain, insufficient communication and support around difficult medical decisions, and high financial burden for families. Notes from the Waiting Room is a powerful and important book. It eloquently personalizes one family’s repeated journey through the all-too-common chaos and distress associated with end-of-life hospitalizations. Notes provides both practical suggestions for patients and families. Equally important, it challenges the medical profession to find better ways of ensuring “care” when “cure” is no longer possible, and highlights the importance of the emerging field of palliative care. — Daniel Johnson, MD, Palliative Medicine Physician, Director, Life Quality Institute
The Unflinching Truth Notes from the Waiting Room provides an unflinching view of death in a hospital. Having experienced “almost death” at and by many hospitals, it is a wake-up call for baby boomers about what they face in years to come. Bart provides new language to use when describing the hospital team, the services they do and don’t provide as well as a goal: dying on our own terms. I learned from Notes from the Waiting Room and, as a result, will hopefully be better prepared when I face the inevitable with my family. — Jari Holland Buck, Patient advocate
Are you prepared to navigate complex medical and legal systems for your loved one? Notes from the Waiting Room will prepare you for this journey and equip you to be an effective patient advocate through some of life’s most challenging circumstances. Notes provides essential summaries for those in crisis and useful detail for decision makers; helpful questions to ask healthcare professionals plus a guide to who can answer them. By sharing his own experiences, interviewing healthcare providers, and summarizing current literature, Mr. Windrum has provided a compass for you to expect the unexpected and become an effective advocate for those you love most. — Cordt T. Kassner, PhD; CEO Colorado Center for Hospice and Palliative Care
Value from How To Efficiently Settle the Family Estate
How to Efficiently Settle the Family Estate offers lay people easy-to-read, practical, time-saving information, touching on every aspect of the estate settling process. Even though I work in banking I could have used Estate myself when dealing with my own parents’ estate. This book is really good! — RN, Credit Union Loan Officer, Canada
These days, in our hurry-up, “just give me the facts” world, we may not expect much from how-to books beyond topicality and organization. We have forgotten how good the best helpful compendiums can be. I know: I edit them, and was pleasantly surprised to read and help edit How to Efficiently Settle the Family Estate. Bart Windrum brings a personal touch and humanity to this somber and often technical topic. His humor and evident caring lighten the informational load. Given that estate settlement often follows on the heels of losing a loved one, Efficiently Settle is an excellent and apt companion to Notes from the Waiting Room. — Barbara Munson, Munson Communications
Notes from the Waiting Room Awards
• 2009 Colorado Book Awards / Health and Well-Being
• 2009 Forward Magazine / Health
• 2009 Independent Publisher IPPY / Aging, Death & Dying
• 2008 Best Books / How-To
• 2008 Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY / How-To
• 2008 Indie Books Next Gen / How-To
• 2008 New York Book Festival / Health
Harvest the Bounty of Your Career is written by Deborah F Windrum. Axiom Action publishes it, hence its appearance here.
If you are looking to make the next season of your life the best season of life, and to offer the fruits of all you have cultivated, Harvest the Bounty of Your Career will support your transition from work—or any endeavor—to a next career or stage of life. Any sustained, focused occupation from homemaking to a profession to an avocation may comprise your “career.”
This exquisite full-color book is perfect gift for yourself or a deep-feeling, deep-thinking loved one who wants to explore entry into a next phase of life. Harvest uses a tree metaphor (roots, branches, fruits, seeds) to guide readers into a reflective state and out again into a future mapped to past accomplishments and envisioned achievements. This 172 page, 7″x9″ includes 19 full-color art plates and a beautiful tear-off bookmark on the back cover flap.
For its full description and a deeply resourceful website, click the cover to visit Harvest the Bounty.
Download a sample chapter from Harvest the Bounty of Your Career