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Last Week

read by Bill Richardson

tagged: death & dying, diseases, illnesses & injuries, emotions & feelings
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publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd
Description

A child cherishes every second of their grandmother's last week of life in this sensitive portrayal of medical assistance in dying (MAiD).

“In this last week, there are seven days.” That's one hundred and sixty-eight hours. Or ten thousand and eighty minutes. Or six hundred four thousand and eight hundred seconds. A child counts every second because this is their grandmother’s last week of life. 

As friends and family come to call on Flippa—as Gran is fondly known—the child observes the strange mix of grief, humor, awkwardness, anger and nostalgia that attends these farewell visits. Especially precious are the times they have alone, just the two of them. Flippa, the child sees, has made up her mind. Like time, she is unstoppable. So as Sunday approaches, the child must find a way to come to terms with Flippa’s decision. What is the best way to say goodbye?

Last Week is a nuanced look at what death with dignity can mean to a whole family, with an afterword and additional resources by MAiD expert Dr. Stefanie Green.

 

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Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.3
Describe how a particular story's or drama's plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.

About the Author
Bill Richardson is a very popular and award-winning writer who was the host of Richardson's Roundup on CBC Radio One from 1997-2004. He won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour for his first novel, Bachelor Brothers' Bed and Breakfast. The Bachelor Brothers' trilogy has sold over 125,000 copies throughout North America.
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Age:
9 to 12
Grade:
4 to 7
Editorial Review

A sensitive look at what death with dignity can mean to a family.

— BCBookLook