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The Dying Time: Practical Wisdom for the Dying & Their Caregiversby Joan Furman
Synopses & Reviews
"One of the best books available on caring for the dying, The Dying Time combines deep insight and down-to-earth practicality. All caregivers need to know what's between these covers. This book demystifies the process of death, yet honors the sacredness of life's final transition. Highly recommended."
Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Prayer Is Good Medicine
"Living until we die can be difficult. This book can guide you through that time. It is practical, spiritual, and filled with wisdom."
Bernie S. Siegel, M.D., author of Love, Medicine, and Miracles
Here is a comprehensive and thorough handbook for the dying and their caregivers. Joan Furman and David McNabb walk the reader through the dying time, providing details on how to make the environment conducive to peace and tranquillity, give physical care, understand and respond to the emotional and spiritual crises that naturally occur, and stay healthy as a caregiver. They answer with honesty and sensitivity the questions most frequently asked, such as what actually happens at the time of death. The book also deals with arranging for a meaningful memorial service and handling grief for those who are left behind. And it offers guided imagery for coping with pain and suggests literature and music to ease the passage of those whose health is irreversibly failing.
Covers such topics as creating a healing environment, dealing with the physical and mental changes, planning a memorial service, and overcoming grief
About the Author
Joan Furman is a holistic nurse practitioner and educator who offers counseling, healing touch therapies, and other approaches to a healthful mind/body relationship. She works with people suffering from life-threatening conditions as they heal, and as they and their loved ones prepare for death. david mCnabb is a writer and lawyer who speaks regularly at churches, schools, and colleges about AIDS. He has been an AIDS caregiver since 1987, personally caring for many friends afflicted by the disease.
Table of Contents
1. Choices: — Home, hospital or hospice — Curing or healing — Assisted suicide and euthanasia — Rights and responsibilities — Legal and financial issues — 2. A healing environment: — The importance of surroundings — Who's in charge? — A return to the senses — Guidelines for visitors — 3. Comfort: — Providing comfort — Skin care and hygiene — Mouth care — Nourishment — Problems that may arise — 4. Healing the spirit: — Spirit as a loving presence — The god of childhood and adult spirituality — Human value and dignity — Family issues — 5. Caring for the caregiver: — Your emotions and your health — Stress and burnout — Steps to healthy self-care — 6. Changes: Your body and mind: — Grieving for the future you won't have — The signs of a failing body — The signs of a healing mind — Unfinished business - Living with a loved one's changes — 7. The last dance: — No dress rehearsal — Welcoming the transition — Things to do and say — The signs of impending death — Making room for the angels — 8. Your memorial or funeral service: — The obituary — Planning the service — Participation by the deceased — Options for honoring the body — 9. Counting on life to heal the grief: — The stages of grief — Multiple losses — Keeping anniversaries — Keepsakes and remembrances — Guarding your grief — 10. Closing the circle.
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