Hospice nurse, palliative care advocate, author of The In-Between
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About Hadley Vlahos
When Hadley Vlahos tells people what she does for a living, most are surprised. Vlahos has worked as an at-home hospice nurse for nearly 10 years, a job that many think is too tough, too sad, and filled with too much devastation. But for Vlahos working in palliative care is a something she feels lucky to do.
Vlahos’ journey to becoming a hospice nurse did not follow a linear path. Her childhood dream was to become a writer and when she started college, a career in nursing never crossed her mind.
While in many families death is a taboo topic, in Vlahos’ family death was literally a part of life. Her grandparents were licensed embalmers and funeral directors and topics around dying were naturally part of dinnertime conversations.
Vlahos was also raised in a strict religious household, attending a private Episcopalian school in Baton Rouge until she was ten years old. At fifteen, the sudden death of a friend made Vlahos question many of her beliefs. After high school Vlahos attended Florida State University and at nineteen she became a single mom. Her life was setting off on a different trajectory and she enrolled in nursing school to be able to support herself and her baby. After graduation Vlahos worked in immediate care and a nursing home, but it wasn’t until she started working in hospice care that she realized she was doing exactly what she was meant to do.
Hadley Vlahos started documenting her experiences as a hospice nurse and stories of her patients on on TikTok and now reaches over 1.5 million followers (June 2023) as “Nurse Hadley.”
In her memoir The In-Between: Unforgettable Encounters During Life’s Final Moments, Hadley shares new stories of the most impactful experiences she has had with her patients—from the woman who never once questioned her faith until she was close to death, to the older man seeing visions of his late daughter, to the young patient who laments that she spent too much of her short life worrying about what others thought of her.
Praise for Hadley Vlahos
Praise for The In-Between
Vlahos’s compassionate, beautifully written book contains profound wisdom. It is for anyone with an open heart who loves a good story and anyone who fears but would like to better understand hospice and the end of life.— Katy Butler, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Dying Well
Tender and transformative . . . The great surprise of The In-Between is that it makes dying feel like a peaceful, dynamic, and nourishing event that can potentially transform the lives of those who are left behind. Readers will cheer on Hadley Vlahos and, like me, be forever grateful that she wrote this book.— Christie Tate, bestselling author of Group
Gentle encouragement for all those who live under life’s running clock and for those who love them.— Kirkus Reviews
Books by Hadley Vlahos
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