Leavelight: A Motivational Guide to Holistic End-of-Life Planning

Leavelight: A Motivational Guide to Holistic End-of-Life Planning

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by Marilyn L. Geary, Jacqueline Janssen
     
 

LeaveLight: A Motivational Guide to Holistic End-of-Life Planning integrates the spiritual aspects of end-of-life planning with the practical aspects of making important legal, financial, and health decisions. In addition to checklists, forms, and resource materials, LeaveLight contains motivational elements that enable readers to actually complete their…  See more details below

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LeaveLight: A Motivational Guide to Holistic End-of-Life Planning integrates the spiritual aspects of end-of-life planning with the practical aspects of making important legal, financial, and health decisions. In addition to checklists, forms, and resource materials, LeaveLight contains motivational elements that enable readers to actually complete their end-of-life planning.

LeaveLight's all-embracing approach to spirituality encompasses both those in organized religions and those whose spirituality lies within themselves. Its steps encourage readers to reflect on issues such as health, inheritance, and legacy in light of the values they hold true. Its visualizations take readers on a gentle passage inward to consider the universal spiritual values of forgiveness, compassion, gratitude, and surrender.

LeaveLight helps readers make important end-of-life decisions that will guide their loved ones through the difficult time after death. It guides readers to create a legacy of memories, beliefs, and values for loved ones left behind. It encourages readers to consider that life can be lived to the fullest by acknowledging that each moment could be the last.

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ISBN-13:
9780982537817
Publisher:
Gingerale Press
Publication date:
01/08/2010
Pages:
234
Product dimensions:
8.25(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range:
3 Months

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Leavelight: A Motivational Guide to Holistic End-of-Life Planning 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
shmoore75 More than 1 year ago
I currently sit before my computer screen presented with the challenge of reviewing one of the most beautiful books I have had the pleasure of reading in quite some time that confronts an issue most of us would rather ignore-death. The reality is that every single one of us will reach a day when we no longer exist on this earth. Why are we so afraid to discuss an activity in which everyone must participate? Perhaps it is because we fear what happens to us after we end our time in this physical realm. Perhaps we fear that nothing happens at all. However, through their new release LeaveLight: A Motivational Guide to Holistic End-of-Life Planning, authors Marilyn L. Geary and Jacqueline Janssen approach the sensitive subject of dying with compassion and what amounts to a literary embrace. It did not take much time spent in the pages of the book to discover the happiness and peace that can come with accepting and even engaging the issues that arise when we reach the end of our lives. LeaveLight is divided into sections that allow the reader to plan for every aspect of her death, from the distribution of the physical property to the decisions concerning relationships to the way in which she wants to be remembered. And, each step is introduced with an understanding of the difficult emotions that accompany the reality of these choices. Geary and Janssen always keep the focus on the human who is behind the power of attorney paperwork and the organ donations. The authors include exercises which require the reader to focus solely on herself, if only for fifteen or twenty minutes of the day, including a quiet moment to enjoy a visual that brings peace or allowing some time to reflect on the personal meaning that a specific chair has in her life. LeaveLight ends with more than seventy pages of resources for the reader, including helpful book and internet resources and forms that will help to organize all of the end-of-life details. One of the target audiences for LeaveLight is people with aging parents, and I am a member of that demographic. For several years, I have been searching for the "right" way to broach some difficult subjects with my parents and my efforts were always ignored with a palpable sense of discomfort concerning the topic. I believe that LeaveLight may be the tool that I need to start these necessary conversations. With compassion clearly at the core of the book, my parents and I should be able to use its pages to break down the walls that have previously stalled a discussion of this inevitable journey. While I understand this is not the intended purpose of the book, having recently experienced a painful divorce that left me the single parent of two small children, I also found applications within the text to my own life and the death of how I expected my family to develop. Who among us could not spend some more time discovering forgiveness and gratitude? These should be lifelong endeavors. I cannot say enough about LeaveLight and I sincerely hope that anyone who is searching for peace in the face of imminent death-of themselves or a loved one-will purchase this book and starting their planning today.
donawendy More than 1 year ago
This sensitive, beautifully laid out, and well-prepared book is more than a how-to manual. It provides what authors Geary and Janssen call a "motivational guide" for end-of-life planning, with complete lists of practical resources (gov't websites, materials/books on making a living will, etc.) to sources for green burials and books on death and dying. The book, however is much more than an estate planning guide; it gently and thoughtfully guides the reader through what's typically looked at as a somewhat gnarly process; it helps pave the way for this necessary journey of preparing for death. Each chapter has a well-defined purpose and simplifies this process, making it enjoyable and rewarding. It explores how to talk to loved ones about death, writing letters of forgiveness, making plans for pets, writing a gratitude journal, and designing one's obituary and epitaph. The goal is is to produce a beautiful binder of letters and instructions for loved ones, to facilitate the family's task of honoring your life and wishes. I like the suggestion that readers take a full 6 months to go through the process, one chapter a month for 6 months, further simplifying this task. The authors offer suggestions for meditations and rituals making the entire process a meaningful and rewarding one. I highly recommend this book.