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Inhaltsangabe: This book evolved as a result of my experiences of starting and developing a hospice in Albany, NY. In the beginning, I was as ignorant about hospices as I was about dying, and looking back on my decade and a half as a psychiatrist I realized that it was not a very helpful preparation for this work, steeped as it was like Freud in denial of death. For the first few years in the hospice I behaved as I was taught, and kept my distance. As I began to experience my own concerns about dying, I became aware that dying is a great teacher about love and forgiveness if we will listen, and I became a better witness for myself and others. By both acknowledging my own fears and allowing those of others to enter in to me, I became less afraid of the closeness required of one who is able to assist others to heal themselves. My most important work was having family meetings for almost every family that was involved with the hospice, for everyone in most families needs gentle encouragement to listen to their other family members and themselves. Many will also need a nudge if they are to ask and receive forgiveness and speak about love as they say goodbye. Most families when asked said they did not need a family meeting, usually because of unspoken dark secrets that had been carried for years. So only a small fraction of families have a family meeting in most hospices, and while hospice care is usually kind and loving, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for healing is often missed. This book, first published in 1999 and now updated, will guide you through some of the mysteries and possibilities that occur in families when one of the members is dying, and lead you through the heart break of saying goodbye and giving thanks, so that all is said and done.
Rezension: Hospice leader N. Michael Murphy explores the spiritual lessons about living that only death can offer. "The wisdom of dying urges that the roles and masks of everyday life be set aside before it is too late since they often obscure the giving and receiving of caring and love," Murphy explains in his introduction.
Murphy's visionary approach to dying includes chapters on witnessing and participating in the life stories of the dying. In these precious personal and family stories, the lessons of living can be passed on, he explains. Hospitals would be transformed, he continues, if family members, doctors, and nurses gathered around a dying or deceased person, lit candles, and told stories of how that person affected their lives. In other chapters, he exposes how funeral homes and death rituals are designed to deny death rather than embrace it as a meaningful extension of life. He also discusses the specifics of caring for a dying person--including the stages of dementia and coma. This is an astute and comforting guidebook for living and dying with soul and dignity. As Thomas Moore writes in the preface, "Read it and live. Read it and die." --Gail Hudson
Buchbeschreibung CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2011. Paperback. Buchzustand: Used: Good. Handful of pages with neat underlining/highlighting; moderate exterior wear. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 36771
Buchbeschreibung CreateSpace. Paperback. Buchzustand: VERY GOOD. Very Good: Cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. May have light creases on the cover and binding. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 2645686411