This book title ended up being the actual fate of one of our authors in the Richter Publishing family. The author, Enrique A Cordero, passed away early December 2022. He was the Quarantine Writing Contest Winner back in 2020 with his book, “It’s Hard to Die!: Do I Hold On or Do I Let Go?” We published his book in English and Spanish in July of 2020. We are all saddened by his passing. Even though he was only with us a few years, Enrique published many books about this tough topic. As I spoke to his wife on the phone to tell me of his passing, I discovered how passionate he was about helping people. Mr. Cordero was a retired critical care respiratory therapist of forty-five years. Having spent two weeks on the receiving end of a ventilator, he wrote his first two books from a dual perspective: the caregiver of critically ill patients and the patient himself.
Chapter one of his book is named, So Here I Am–in a Place I Never Imagined. Don’t find yourself there! Quite often, heart-wrenching, end-of-life decisions must be made in a moment’s notice by laypersons and healthcare professionals alike. This book was written to help you understand many of the issues you may face, and help you unravel their complexity–so, when the time comes, you can think clearly and make informed decisions on behalf of the dying–be it you, loved ones, or your patients.
FOR THE LAYPERSON: Are you truly prepared? Have You discussed your wishes with a trusted individual? Are you certain your final wishes will be carried out? It is not just about having your Last Will and Testament and pre-paid burial in place. Be aware of what you may encounter at the end of your life because some decisions can land you amid a technological hell.
FOR HEALTHCARE PERSONNEL: A must-read book for all nurses and nursing students, all respiratory therapists and respiratory therapy students, and all healthcare personnel directly involved with patients nearing or at the end of life. Are you prepared to handle the mental, emotional, and spiritual issues of your patients, their families, and yourself during such crucial moments? Some of the important elements covered are:
Legal considerations regarding end-of-life decisions | How CPR it is performed, it’s success rate, possible complications | Life-support vs mechanical ventilation | How modern technology prolongs the dying process | How modern technology blurs the line between life and death | What is terminal? | Prolonging life vs quality of life| The consequences of withholding the truth regarding your illness or outcome | What it means to hold on or let go!
These are such important conversations to have with your family. I now know this personally as my father is very ill himself at 77 years old. After suffering a stroke 1.5 years ago, his brain is not normal and he does not necessarily know what is going on. He has hallucinations, is angry at the world, me and making decisions based on delusions that didn’t really happen. Having things locked into placed before these things happen is crucial and not allowing people to swoop in and take advantage of people in their declining state of health as well. Because family members will come out like vultures to take advantage of someone at the end of their life. Unfortunately, they will pawn on their emotional state and coerce them into doing things and exacerbate situations that were based on delusions to cut family members out.
You can find all of Enrique’s books on Amazon.
About the Author, Enrique A Cordero R.I.P.
Enrique was a peaceful individual. His calm demeanor served as a fountain for the many expressions that bring balance into his life—he was cautious and adventurous, serious and lighthearted, cerebral and intuitive, realistic and spiritual. His wife will tell you that he was enigmatic and unconventional. This was the author in a nutshell.
Enrique became a Respiratory Therapist in 1973, then studied anthropology at the University of South Florida, Tampa. His attraction to religion and medical anthropology led him to study religion and spirituality from a cross-cultural perspective.
Enrique was a Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master and a Karuna® Reiki Master since 1996 and taught Reiki Certification Classes under the name, The Illuminators in St. Petersburg, Florida. He continued studies in the fields of alternative healing methods—such as the effects of sound, pranic healing, auric healing, and various other forms of energy and spiritual work. Enrique earned certifications in Reflexology and Hypnotherapy and is a Certified Chromotherapist, Aura Therapist, Sound Therapist, and Chakra Therapist.
Within a year after his nearing-death experience in 2001, he returned to the healthcare field—this time, with an entirely different perspective—one in which he recognized the need to integrate holistic practices into Western therapies—treating the body, mind, and spirit. Throughout his career of 45 years, his primary area of expertise was caring for critically ill patients and their loved ones. With his renewed vigor and conviction, he successfully melded the Western and Eastern philosophies of patient care into his respiratory care practice until his retirement in 2018.