Twelve Weeks In Spring

A woman s seminal role in the hospice movement Twelve Weeks in Spring is the inspiring story of a group of people who came together to help a friend battling cancer, and thereby discovered their own unexpected strength and humanity In February 1985, 68 year old Margaret Frazer was told by her doctor she had terminal cancer A retired, single woman, whose family was fa A woman s seminal role in the hospice movement Twelve Weeks in Spring is the inspiring story of a group of people who came together to help a friend battling cancer, and thereby discovered their own unexpected strength and humanity In February 1985, 68 year old Margaret Frazer was told by her doctor she had terminal cancer A retired, single woman, whose family was far away, she faced a situation all too familiar in our society a lonely death in a sterile hospital Margaret s lifetime of giving to others was repaid, however, when many of the people she had touched made a remarkable choice Most of these people were strangers to each other, and sometimes even to Margaret The Friends of Margaret developed into a smoothly functioning hospice team that cared for Margaret in the comfort of her own home Seventeen years after its initial publication, Twelve Weeks in Spring remains a powerful and clear sighted account of a successful experiment in palliative care.
Twelve Weeks In Spring A woman s seminal role in the hospice movement Twelve Weeks in Spring is the inspiring story of a group of people who came together to help a friend battling cancer and thereby discovered their own u

  • Title: Twelve Weeks In Spring
  • Author: June Callwood
  • ISBN: 9780886191153
  • Page: 109
  • Format: None
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    1. In Toronto, 1985, a time when palliative care resources were few, friends of Margaret Frazer decided they would do whatever it took to keep her in her home for the remaining weeks of her life. The memories of this group, and in particular those of journalist June Callwood, integral in the formation of what they called "the team", make up a powerful and inspiring tale of four unforgettable months and the connections resulting when friends meet friends and every one of them offers the gift of time [...]

    2. Considering the heavyness of the subject matter, one could expect this to be a somewhat depressing book. On the contrary. This is the story of death and dying, but it is so much more. Margaret Frazer, a 68 year old single woman whose family lives far away is diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer. On the spur of the moment, 60 people whose lives she had touched since her retirement as a schoolteacher rally around her for three months, and support and love her in her final weeks. The "Friends [...]

    3. I thought this was very thought provoking and interesting reading. Having been with a relative as he passed on and with my mom over her long illness, I thought this book would be very helpful to someone who hadn't experienced the death of a loved one.

    4. This was an incredible read of loving companionship given to Margaret Frazer during the final twelve weeks of her life and gave birth to the hostel movement here in Toronto.It is a wonderful story about how a group of friends of Margaret's provided her with homecare, enabling her to die peacefully and fully supported one spring is a book whose story will always stay with me.

    5. This is a book I'll never forget. It addresses a difficult subject area, but paints a portrait of the phenomenal love of a group of friends for one of their group who has a terminal illness. A true account by a great Canadian journalist and writer.

    6. a tough subject but a great example of the difference people can make when they decide to help one another. makes a strong case for the need for palliative carer everyone

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