From Grave to Cradle to Now
The Health Care Professional Edition
"Your loved one has just suffered a traumatic
brain injury" - these are words that are certain to cause dread and
tremendous anxiety for any family. Once the shock begins to abate, family and
friends want to know what to expect and what they can do immediately and over
the coming months of rehabilitation. This vivid and powerful book about a real
life experience is filled with valuable insights and lessons that are certain
to help patients, families and health professional alike to improved patient
outcomes and experiences within the healthcare system.
President and CEO (Retired)
Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph's Health Care
I am pleased to have an opportunity to provide an
endorsement for “From Grave to Cradle to Now”. It is essential for health care
professional to learn about and understand the lived experiences of both
patients and family members in order to provide compassionate care. “From Grave
to Cradle to Now” reminds each of us of in a compelling way how lives can be
changed in an instant and the strength, courage and support required to live
through these experiences.
Dean, Specialty Nursing
Columbia Institute of Technology
Ian's account of his journey with his son and
family through a major head injury is ongoing. More importantly, it is captured
as a whole lived experience, including the explainable, the frightening, the
joyful and the mysterious. It is the story before analysis, before explanation
and before the extraction of "useful" guidance for professionals that
captures the heart. Read the words, see his family and yours and marvel at your
good fortune to have this account. Learning will follow.
Gass, MD, CCFP, FCFP
Department of Family Medicine
This is a well written book of compelling nature,
capturing attention, giving goosebumps at times, not needing endorsement. We
can all identify with it.
The anguish and struggle of its characters to be
better, to do better, to reach higher is a recipe for ongoing spiritual growth
of everyone who is intent on growing and a reminder to those who are missing
N. Vanek, MD, Psychotherapist
Lawyer and Journalist
Although I am not a health professional, I know only too
well as a parent and a journalist that hellish health experiences of the sort
experienced by the Powell family can strike at any time - usually when they are
Knowing how health care professionals can be expected to
respond - one of the lessons of this book - is extremely important knowledge
for navigating through the experience.
This book, which could not have been easy to write, involved
me in a family's extremely personal emotional experience - and opened my eyes
to aspects of Ontario's health system which I have never been exposed to
I am grateful to Ian Powell for taking me on the harrowing
Criminal lawyer and journalist. Retired as a staff reporter
at the Toronto Star in 2006
WOW...I am a far too busy nursing professor but something in the
description of your initial email offering your book gripped me.
I have been engaged since your preface! I am just at the part where you
are in the Neuro ICU (p.23!) after hearing the devastating report from one of
the surgeons following the initial 4 hour surgery.
I love your writing style in this book, I can actually "feel"
the players and emotions in your story...very effective...
I have to pull myself away to get some much needed work done...I cannot
wait to get back to your book this weekend, or perhaps tonight!
You are right, I see uses/application for this already (without having
gone very far) that extend far beyond a father-son story, or dealing with clients
with acquired brain injury.
I research, teach and do curriculum development around case management,
home care and decision-making. Much of my work focuses on the
family/client/caregiver perspective, their challenges with caring people
(health professionals) working within a what sometimes feels like a not so
compassionate health care system (this from one of the participants in one of
I am sure I will be in touch after I finish it!
Fraser, RN, PhD
Professor, Faculty of Nursing. University of Alberta
Principal Investigator: PRIDE in Home Care
A Program of Research and Innovation for Decision
From Grave to Cradle to Now provides an emotional and thoughtful account of a fathers’ experience
with acquired brain injury. From the time of the injury, to the
hospitals, and beyond. This book is not only a useful guide for brain
injury survivors and their loved ones, but also for health care
professionals. Ian outlines practical strategies and tips for family
members, while also reminding health care professionals how important it is to
see the personality of the injured person no matter what the stage of recovery
Elsayed MSW, RSW
Author Ian Powell
again for last night. You were just perfect, it was spectacular. Your message,
I’m sure you realized it, was really resonating with the people in the room.
There was absolutely full attention to every word you said. The room was quiet
and absorbed in what you were talking about. So you are obviously a very
thing came together. Your message was a perfect fit with the messages from our
President and Honorary Chair. Thank you for communicating in such a
compassionate way and for helping to tell the Bridgepoint story from a very
also, for agreeing to our Chair’s request that you speak to our Board of
Director’s strategic planning retreat. I’ll be in touch about
President, Leadership Gifts
Brain Injury Association of Canada
I had the distinct pleasure of having Ian
McCallum deliver a keynote address at the 2012 BIAC Conference “The Untold
Truth” in Ottawa this past September. He had been given, due to scheduling
problems, the last session of the day, a session which is not popular as
attendance is notoriously low and people are prone to leaving if they find the
presentation not to their liking. Mr. McCallum had himself attended the
conference all that day and I think many recognized him as the final keynote.
Perhaps for that reason the room was full when he took the stage.
From his opening remarks he had the
audience’s rapt attention as he told his story with such skill that he had us
laughing and crying and living and breathing his story as he skillfully kept
the audience’s attention.
I am also the chair of our 2013
conference and have asked Ian if he might speak again as I feel he has much to
offer both the survivors and caregivers that attend our conferences, as well as
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