An Illuminating Guide for Caregivers and Patients

Non-Fiction - Audiobook
270 Pages
Reviewed on 03/16/2022
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Author Biography

Two months before Mom died, she and I were talking on the phone as I drove to work.

We realized how many wonderful and inspired connections were happening even as we faced the decision for her to begin hospice. There was a feeling of disbelief and wonder at the synchronicities and the goodness coming our way during that uncharted time.

The sentiment we both shared in that conversation was, “Wow, this could be a book.”

And I might have said, “Maybe that’s what I’ll do after you die.”

I believe God has called me to write this book to be a light guiding the way for others. It is an honor to share ideas that proved to be meaningful and effective for our family and friends.

Through these stories, I hope other families will discover how to intentionally use their time, resources, circumstances, and desires during a loved one’s journey. I hope we can provide a light that illuminates a trying and uncharted path.

Let’s use our time wisely and live without regrets.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite

Cherishable (An Illuminating Guide for Caregivers and Patients) by Julie J. Wylie is a non-fiction audiobook that would be best suited for those who have received a terminal diagnosis, those who know someone who has received a terminal diagnosis, and those in a grief-related field of work. This Christian grief book shares Julie’s own journey with grief and terminal illness that began when her mother received a terminal diagnosis. Julie’s journey was not only one of loss but one filled with beautiful remembrance rituals.

Cherishable (An Illuminating Guide for Caregivers and Patients) by Julie J. Wylie was a very well-written and well-narrated audiobook that made quite an emotional impact on me. As a psychology graduate who has studied the grieving process, I found this audiobook to be a valuable information source for ways that people can deal with the grief that comes from a terminal diagnosis in a healthy manner; by taking action to create remembrance rituals and to enjoy the time one has left with those around them. On an emotional level, as someone who has lost a grandmother to a terminal illness, I can only say that I wish I had listened to this audiobook prior to her passing as I feel it would have helped both of us deal with her oncoming eternal rest better.

The narrator of this audiobook was Julie J. Wylie. Ms. Wylie may not be a critically acclaimed voice actress, but no one would know that from her stellar audio performance. Ms. Wylie’s passion was clearly heard in her narration of Cherishable. She did a simply spectacular job of drawing out the sentiments buried within this guide and sharing the emotions she felt along her own life journey with me.