The In-Between - Hadley Vlahos, R.N.

The In-Between

By Hadley Vlahos, R.N.

  • Release Date: 2023-06-13
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 388 Ratings


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Passionate advocate for end-of-life care and TikTok star Hadley Vlahos shares moving stories of joy, wisdom, and redemption from her patients’ final moments in this “brilliant” (Zibby Owens, Good Morning America) memoir.
“This extraordinary book helps dispel fear around death and dying—revealing it to be a natural part of our soul’s evolution.”—Laura Lynne Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of Signs and The Light Between Us

Talking about death and dying is considered taboo in polite company, and even in the medical field. Our ideas about dying are confusing at best: Will our memories flash before our eyes? Regrets consume our thoughts? Does a bright light appear at the end of a tunnel? For most people, it will be a slower process, one eased with preparedness, good humor, and a bit of faith. At the forefront of changing attitudes around palliative care is hospice nurse Hadley Vlahos, who shows that end-of-life care can teach us just as much about how to live as it does about how we die.
Vlahos was raised in a strict religious household, but began questioning her beliefs in high school after the sudden death of a friend. When she got pregnant at nineteen, she was shunned by her community and enrolled herself in nursing school to be able to support herself and her baby. But nursing soon became more than a job: when she focused on palliative care and hospice work, it became a calling. 
In The In-Between, Vlahos recounts the most impactful experiences she’s had with the people she’s worked with—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—while also sharing her own fascinating journey.
Written with profound insight, humility, and respect, The In-Between is a heartrending memoir that shows how caring for others can transform a life while also offering wisdom and comfort for those dealing with loss and providing inspiration for how to live now.


  • Great but TW should be in beginning

    By JS0273627
    I really liked this book but major trigger warning for eating disorders. Wouldn’t recommend to anyone in early recovery.
  • Amazing

    By Stevenmiz
    What a great read
  • BEST BOOK!!!

    By Lilygirl57
    as someone looking into getting into hospice. this book cleared all my doubts. amazing book, amazing stories, and a truly amazing author.
  • Loved

    By MJW6506
    I breezed through this in one afternoon on my Kauai vacation on Poipu Beach. The title was misleading but I was definitely not disappointed. Loved this! Thank you, Hadley!
  • A heartwarming description of spirituality, grief, and growth

    By Rae Justice
    I came across Hadley on TikTok and knew that I had to read this book. As a writer, myself, I was blown away by her eloquence and wit. However, as I continued reading, my heart was touched as I recalled the stories and passings of my personal loved ones. Beautiful read.
  • Just perfect

    By Mmcd477
    This book is easy to read and hard to put down. I love how Hadley made medical knowledge and her job so palatable for the everyday person and really focused on the humanity of her job. Can’t recommend it enough!
  • Must read

    By camitortolero
    I just finished reading this book in 2 days. I can’t believe what a beautiful book this is and how has impacted my life in several aspects. Thank you for this book Ms. Hadley 🫶
  • Eat the cake… read this book…

    By BigRedRI
    For years I’ve struggled with my relationship with God and the universe- this book just validated so much for me. I enjoyed, laughed and cried through every chapter.
  • Wonderful Book

    By kaelanikaui
    Absolutely loved this book. I bought the audio book as well. I restarted reading this one a couple times because I did NOT want to finish it. I am 24 and my job is the furthest thing from a hospice nurse there probably is but I related sooo much surprisingly. Many tears and laughs. I will most likely keep rereading this book until I have the whole thing memorized.
  • A Must-Read for Everyone!

    By Mom2lily
    This book is powerful, impactful, and inspires one to examine what we cannot explain more closely. As a hospice nurse myself, the ups and downs of the profession resonate with me. It can be difficult to explain some of the phenomena we witness each day, and hearing these beautiful stories is a comfort. It truly is a specialty that requires compassion, empathy, and a lot of self-care. Wonderfully written, difficult to put down. Great read!