This is a true story of the patients, families, doctors, and staff of a longterm care facility for the elderly - and of one of their resident cats, who has the uncanny knack of being present by the side of each patient as they leave this world. The author is a doctor specializing in the care of dementia patients; he is a very caring man, but a man of science and not at all a fan of cats as the story begins. This all sounds terribly depressing, but that's not at all the case; yes, there are stories that bring a tear to your eye, but other vignettes bring chuckles or real laughter, and all ring true to those who have loved and cared for a senior citizen. Most of all, it is a book filled with warmth, dignity, and grace under pressure. And then there's Oscar, whose actions defy explanation but mean so much to so many.
I'm afraid I'm not willing to part with my copy; but if can you borrow, swap or buy this book, do so. It will touch your heart and soul and stay with you for a long long time.