Barbara Karnes

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Barbara Karnes


Barbara Karnes, RN, is an internationally recognized author, speaker, thought leader and expert on end of life care and the dynamics of dying. Barbara was recognized in 2018 as a Hospice Innovator by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and was named the 2015 International Humanitarian Woman of the Year by the World Humanitarian Awards.

Barbara’s experience as a hospice care provider at the bedside of hundreds of people, and as an administrator overseeing the care of thousands, led to the 1985 publication of Gone from My Sight: The Dying Experience. Affectionately referred to in the industry as the “little blue hospice book,” Gone from My Sight has sold over 25 million copies worldwide, is published in 12 languages, and remains the leading resource on the market today educating families on the signs of approaching death. 

In 2015, Barbara’s film New Rules for End of Life Care was featured in film festivals around the world and was the recipient of 10 prestigious film awards.

Barbara’s other award-winning publications and films include:

The Eleventh Hour: A Caring Guideline to the Hours to Minutes Before Death

A Time to Live: Living with a Life-Threatening Illness

My Friend, I Care: The Grief Experience

You Need Care Too: Self Care for the Professional Caregiver

How Do I Know You? Dementia at End of Life

A Place in My Heart: When Our Pets Die

Pain at End of Life: What You Need to Know About End of Life Pain and Comfort Management

The Final Act of Living: Reflections of a Long-Time Hospice Nurse

Care for the Caregiver, DVD

This is How People Die, DVD

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