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The Last Act of Compassion

Pepper, the hospice nurse cares for the patients as they are dying and shortly after their death. He is responsible for guiding them through the last journey as well as providing emotional support and comfort for the patients loved ones.

Pepper takes the reader on his journey from his own home to that of the patients. He describes in detail what he is thinking and feeling along the way. Once in the home, Pepper weaves a story, using sights, sounds, and smells, to describe the surroundings as he treats each patient’s symptoms and allows them a peaceful death.


Once the patient has passed away, he bathes them in “warm water “as a gentle gesture of dignity and respect before they are taken away for final arrangements.

Each of these tales has a spiritual connectedness between Pepper and the loved ones of each patient. Together they experience a catharsis as their loved ones begin their journey of grief.


Pepper encourages his loved ones to relive their life‘s experiences they shared with the now recently departed. It is through this discussion that Pepper realizes how much all of us has in common when dealing with the loss of someone we love.

Warm Water, The Last Act of Compassion, is available on Amazon Books and Barnes and Noble.

A portion of the royalties generated from the sales of Warm Water is being donated to Samaritan Healthcare and Hospice of New Jersey.