'Wonderfully insightful ... Klabbers's interactions with patients are often inspired.' Weekend Australian 'Enlightening and moving.' -- Ramona Koval 'Anyone interested in how patients and professionals share the experience of cancer, and how relationships form in unusual and unfortunate circumstances will appreciate this book. It is for anyone who likes to think about the minutiae of another's life. It is about the ability to keep one's heart open in ill health and any reader will find a smile and a tear in the encounters described.' -- A Nurse Reviewed for Macmillan Cancer Support '[I Am Here] may help a professional if they were to get cancer and had not read anything else. As a ward assistant in a hospice and dealing with patients that have cancer, I found it very useful indeed. -- A Ward Assistant Reviewed for Macmillan Cancer Support 'This is a lovely book with an insight into how people feel; it invites others to voice their feelings. It is useful for all aspects of dealing with a cancer diagnosis but could also help in other long-term conditions or acute illness scenarios.' -- A Healthcare Professional Reviewed for Macmillan Cancer Support
What comfort can an agnostic give people who are suffering or dying?
Looking for more meaning in his work, Johannes Klabbers gave up a tenured academic position to spend his days caring for the sick and dying. He trained as a secular pastoral carer in a cancer hospital, and from the patients there he learned how simply talking and listening can provide comfort: from chatting about the football to discussing life’s meaning and how one prepares for death.
I Am Here is a frank, moving, and sometimes funny record of his encounters. It gives an unforgettable insight into the variety of ways people cope with suffering, and suggests how we can support them — through caring, through conversation, and by acknowledging that although we may not be able to answer all of life’s questions, we can face them together. From one of the saddest places comes this powerful affirmation of our capacity for humane care.
PRAISE FOR JOHANNES KLABBERS
‘Wonderfully insightful … Klabbers’ interactions with patients are often inspired.’ The Weekend Australian