Those who care for the ailing, whether helping someone recover, grapple with a long-term disability, or face a terminal illness, often feel alone, overwhelmed, exhausted. William and Nancy Martin have worked as counselors, hospice trainers, and Zen guides — and as caregivers to Nancy’s late mother. With empathy and insight, they offer readers solace drawn from the wisdom of the Tao Te Ching. Like the original Chinese text, this book contains eighty-one chapters. Each chapter includes a poem for caregivers, evocative of the verses of the Tao Te Ching, followed by a reflection that presents practical guidance for navigating the emotional and physical hardships of caregiving. The resulting resource gently awakens readers to the grace, growth, and even joy possible at each step along their path.
|Publisher:||New World Library|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||807 KB|
About the Author
Nancy Martin spent eleven years as a clergywoman with the United Methodist Church and five years as the director of volunteers for Enloe Hospice in Chico, California, where she trained and supervised volunteers working with patients and families facing end-of-life issues. For the past three years she has been the director of The Still Point, Center for Zen Practice, in Chico. She offers continuing education credits for nurses through seminars that focus on the practice of bringing compassionate awareness to the work of caregiving professionals. The parents of two grown children, she and William live in Chico, California. Visit her at www.thestillpoint.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am reading this book as recommended by a woman who read it while caring for her ailing mother. I'm taking care of my chronically ill elderly mother, and this book helps me to calm down, take it on day at a time, and to stop searching for answers with anxiety. It's written by those who know about caring for the ill and dying. It's a good book to bring peace to a worried mind and tired body.