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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
Velvet has worked as a hospice nurse for over twenty years. She has soothed, listened, educated, medicated, and everything in between. She is one of those nurses whose life calling is to help, to be there, to touch, to calm and to allow her patients to die with dignity. But now she feels like her job is swallowing her up. Velvet’s Touch is a beautiful and touching story about a hospice nurse and her patient by Kat Bert.
Velvet is a kind soul who loves her job, but is worn out by it at the same time. “Lately, she just felt tired. Disconnected from everything but hospice. Disconnected even from herself.” When she attends to her latest admission, a 57-year-old ex-priest dying of AIDS, Velvet’s dilemma about her life and career heightens. Old Bill is uncooperative and doesn’t want her help. Yet, despite their differences, Velvet and Bill begin to understand and bond with each other.
More than just a story about a hospice nurse and a defiant patient, the book flawlessly sheds light on faith, social stigma, and just the overwhelming sentiment whether one has done enough in life, or even chosen the right path. It’s easy to relate to both Velvet’s feeling of emptiness and Bill’s renouncement of life. On the whole, Velvet’s Touch is a short yet thoroughly uplifting read that will leave readers with some thoughts to ponder on. It also offers a great perspective into hospice care for some who might not know much about it.