A Sacred Walk: Dispelling the Fear of Death and Caring for the Dying

A Sacred Walk: Dispelling the Fear of Death and Caring for the Dying

by Donna M. Authers
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Overview

A SACRED WALK helps dispel the fear of death and draws uniquely on the experience of the dying to show how best to meet the practical, emotional, and spiritual needs of a loved one who is facing death. Writer Donna Authers lived in fear of death from childhood well into her adult life, the result of an unusual number of tragic losses in her family. The miraculous story of how that fear was broken marked the start of her calling as a caregiver to others as they, or their loved ones, prepared to leave this world. Walking alongside someone with a chronic or terminal illness is a sacred time, but we usually want to be told exactly how to help. Read how family, friends, hospice and other resources came together for Anna during her final days. Heeding the end-of-life lessons shared in this book will show readers how best to care for their loved ones and also help them die with no regrets when their own time comes.

In response to reader demand, the eBook version includes a Discussion Guide with questions for each chapter to help open a dialog on important related topics we tend to avoid but shouldn’t.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615245850
Publisher: A & A Publishing
Publication date: 10/24/2008
Pages: 226
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

After earning a B.S. degree from the University of Pittsburgh, Donna Authers enjoyed a highly successful business career in marketing and sales management for nearly thirty years with an international corporation. She moved from the business world to full-time volunteer work in 1992 where she developed a passion for applying her natural caregiving skills to help bring hope and healing to hurting people. She is a gifted teacher and, as such, has trained and mentored other volunteers to develop their own caregiving skills to serve others. She has worked closely with hospice organizations, counselors, social workers and clergy, and has been an advocate for others dealing with the medical system and government agencies. Helping others cope with new chapters in their lives and finding renewed enthusiasm for the future is a key element in her work.

Since the publication of her book, Donna continues to respond to invitations to speak at churches and caring organizations around the country. From workshops to seminars, retreats, adult education programs, fund raisers, book clubs, and the like, praise for her work has been high. Titles of recent talks include: "What Am I to Do? The Caregiver's Challenge," "Good Grief: Living Through it and Helping Others," "Share Your Wisdom and Thrive"; and "Effective Caregiving: A Practical Perspective". For a plethora of reader reviews and feedback following her appearances, visit www.asacredwalk.com.

There you will find a link to order copies of a companion Discussion Guide. It has proven to be a valuable tool to open a necessary dialogue on topics we tend to avoid but shouldn't. Donna values feedback from her readers and appreciates when they take time to share their own experiences with her.

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