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August 08th 2012:Transitions: An Interview with Becki Hawkins

When you’ve compassionately aided people to leave the planet for 30 years—helped them be comfortable, reduced their pain and listened to their words—what emerges is not just a way of dying, but also a way of living. That’s what Becki Hawkins discovered in her uplifting and beautiful new book, TRANSITIONS: A Nurse’s Education About Life and Death. Hawkins, who spent the heart of her career as an oncology and hospice nurse in Oklahoma, offers tenderly-rendered short recollections of those experiences that stayed with her…the one’s that touched her heart, took her breath away and opened

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Becki Hawkins

Becki Hawkins is a natural storyteller and a great listener. She brought those gifts with her as she sat by the bedside of seriously ill or terminally ill patients for more than 30 years as an oncology and hospice nurse. It is her compassion and warmth that encouraged so many of her charges to share their heartfelt thoughts and experiences with her. Eventually she became a Hospice Chaplain. Early on her husband suggested she journal about what she was experiencing to counteract the stress. She began to write about what she was hearing, witnessing, feeling with her patients, their families, co-workers, and visitors. From there, she started penning a column in a local newspaper in 1986 entit
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