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Walking on Eggshells: Caring for a Critically Ill Loved One
     

Walking on Eggshells: Caring for a Critically Ill Loved One

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by Amy Sales
 

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Dealing with a loved one's life-threatening illness brings difficult and daunting tasks for caregivers. Not knowing when and how to say things and what to do is frightening. Caregivers often feel they are "walking on eggshells. This valuable, practical guide offers comfort, support and advice for managing economic, emotional and daily stressors from day one of the

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Dealing with a loved one's life-threatening illness brings difficult and daunting tasks for caregivers. Not knowing when and how to say things and what to do is frightening. Caregivers often feel they are "walking on eggshells. This valuable, practical guide offers comfort, support and advice for managing economic, emotional and daily stressors from day one of the diagnosis.

Caregivers are the silent heroes who take these journeys alongside their loved ones and they often experience anxiety because of a lack of knowledge about the process.

With insight and empathy, Walking on Eggshells addresses many critical issues that caregivers and their loved ones face:

Handling loss of control

Receiving and giving bad news

Navigating through the complex medical system

Advocating for the patient

Dealing with financial problems

Preparing for a loved one's end of life

This book gives caregivers helpful, therapeutic ways to cope with the difficult realities and shows how to resume and recreate fulfilling lives, despite the emotional pain they are experiencing and all the chores and roles they must assume.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Sales brings her 20 years of experience as a John Hopkins social worker to the topic of managing terminal illness in families. Her book has 21 short, pragmatic chapters dealing with issues like finding the right words, caring for a critically ill spouse or child, hospice, what death looks like, and whether or not children should go to funerals. The most valuable sections talk about what is age appropriate for children and how to make decisions about their inclusion in the family's experiences with terminal illness. While there was no mention of it in the book, Sales has supplemented some content of the book with YouTube videos, which readers will appreciate. VERDICT Unsophisticated but easy to read; though the text is unpolished, its lack of style doesn't detract from its value as a much-needed handbook on a difficult subject. Readers who know or who are related to someone with a terminal illness will find this of great use.—Fran Mentch, Cleveland State Univ.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780882823805
Publisher:
New Horizon Press
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,008,312
Product dimensions:
5.58(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.42(d)

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Meet the Author

Amy Sales MSW, LCSW-C is a clinical social worker at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Maryland where she has been providing supportive and grief counseling to patients and families for over twenty years. A graduate of Frostburg State University, Maryland she holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Social Work - Clinical Track.

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Walking on Eggshells: Caring for a Critically Ill Loved One 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I've read thus far. Very down to earth with helpful advice and support in this hideous situation.