The In-Between - Hadley Vlahos, R.N.

The In-Between

By Hadley Vlahos, R.N.

  • Release Date: 2023-06-13
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 663 Ratings

Description

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Passionate advocate for end-of-life care and TikTok star Hadley Vlahos shares moving stories of joy, wisdom, and redemption from her patients’ final moments in this “brilliant” (Zibby Owens, Good Morning America) memoir.
 
“This extraordinary book helps dispel fear around death and dying—revealing it to be a natural part of our soul’s evolution.”—Laura Lynne Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of Signs and The Light Between Us

Talking about death and dying is considered taboo in polite company, and even in the medical field. Our ideas about dying are confusing at best: Will our memories flash before our eyes? Regrets consume our thoughts? Does a bright light appear at the end of a tunnel? For most people, it will be a slower process, one eased with preparedness, good humor, and a bit of faith. At the forefront of changing attitudes around palliative care is hospice nurse Hadley Vlahos, who shows that end-of-life care can teach us just as much about how to live as it does about how we die.
 
Vlahos was raised in a strict religious household, but began questioning her beliefs in high school after the sudden death of a friend. When she got pregnant at nineteen, she was shunned by her community and enrolled herself in nursing school to be able to support herself and her baby. But nursing soon became more than a job: when she focused on palliative care and hospice work, it became a calling. 
 
In The In-Between, Vlahos recounts the most impactful experiences she’s had with the people she’s worked with—from the woman who never once questioned her faith until she was close to death, to the older man seeing visions of his late daughter, to the young patient who laments that she spent too much of her short life worrying about what others thought of her—while also sharing her own fascinating journey.
 
Written with profound insight, humility, and respect, The In-Between is a heartrending memoir that shows how caring for others can transform a life while also offering wisdom and comfort for those dealing with loss and providing inspiration for how to live now.

Reviews

  • Just life as it is…

    5
    By Underwaterfun
    Heartfelt…heart warming truth that many don’t want to face but all will…It is a real adventure of the truest adventure we will ever live. At the end you see your whole life as you lived it…It’s like watching a movie..Make it a movie you were happy to see 👍🏻🙏🏻😇🤩
  • Great book!

    5
    By MotherMack_4
    Such an interesting look into her job and the experiences she had. 10/10 would recommend!
  • AMAZING

    5
    By ashlee_rae11
    I couldn’t tell you the last i’ve sat and actually read a book. I finished this book in 2 nights. I’m 25 years old and married have a t month old and work in healthcare and this book was just that amazing. I often wonder of what happens as death approaches and always believe that things happen for a reason. You Hadley, are an amazing person and nurse! Keep on doing what you do out there!
  • Great book!

    5
    By SummerE2019
    As a hospice nurse this book truly has helped me refocus and find my “why” again.
  • A Must Read!

    5
    By twinsiemomdouglas
    Expect to cry - a lot. It’s so good!
  • Beautiful

    5
    By 3467pold
    I don’t think I have the proper words to describe how incredible this book is. Nurse Hadley is a light and blessing to this world, and it shines through in every word of these beautiful stories. This is hands-down one of the best books I’ve ever read. It made me cry and laugh (sometimes simultaneously), but most importantly, left me with a sense of peace about the great unknown. Not only life after death, but also life before death! I strongly recommend reading this book, no matter what your beliefs are about an afterlife or lack there of. Blessings to you and your family Nurse Hadley, you’re amazing!
  • Highly recommend

    5
    By David32801
    Amazing book! Emotional, informative, contemplative. Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. Brought back memories of my own personal experience with hospice.
  • Beautiful stories

    3
    By 087653357hh89
    Absolutely loved reading the stories of Nurse Hadley’s patients. There is so much beauty in these pages, and I laughed and cried continuously. Thankful for all palliative care professionals and the work they do.
  • This is sign

    5
    By rosequartz21
    I stumbled across this book not knowing anything about it, and I feel like it was a sign for me to read it. So if you’ve also stumbled upon this book this is your sign to Just read the book you will not be disappointed! In fact I couldn’t put it down. Hadley tells her story so beautifully.
  • Incredible

    5
    By asting24
    As a nursing student and someone who had a negative experience with hospice in the past, this book was eye opening in so many ways. I don’t often read books for enjoyment and I finished this in 2 days! I am recommending this book to everyone!

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