Living Consciously, Dying Gracefully: A Journey with Cancer and Beyond

Living Consciously, Dying Gracefully: A Journey with Cancer and Beyond



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Living Consciously, Dying Gracefully: A Journey with Cancer and Beyond by Nancy Manahan, Becky Bohan

When diagnosed with breast cancer, Diane Manahan decided to share her entire journey openly. A professor of nursing, married to a doctor trained in both conventional and holistic medicine, Diane integrated complementary therapies with orthodox cancer treatments. She enjoyed a full, vibrant life for the next five and a half years. This inspiring story describes her cancer years and extraordinary death at home, the care of her body by loved ones, and the family's powerful experience at the crematorium. The book ends with a glimpse of Diane's ongoing journey as friends tell of comforting lessons offered by her enduring spirit. A supplemental guidebook offers practical suggestions for dealing with a life-threatening illness or death.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592981793
Publisher: Beaver's Pond Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/28/2007
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword   Bill Manahan, M.D.     xiii
Introduction     xvii
"This Long Journey with Cancer as My Companion"     1
The Journey Begins: Diagnosis     5
The Journey Continues: Treatments     13
Remission     25
Metastasis     29
Playing on Three Strings     37
Orchestrating the Finale     49
The End Draws Near     57
A Graceful Death     67
The Journey Ends: Home Free     69
The Ritual of Washing     77
The Viewing     83
The Cremation     87
The Wake     95
The Life Celebration     101
Living On     111
The Portal     115
The Gift of Lavender     121
Two Visits and a Request     125
The Dreams     129
A Different Frequency     133
A Second Chance     137
Epilogue     143
Guidebook: Lessons from Diane on Dealing with a Serious Illness or Death     149
Introduction     151
If You Are Diagnosed with a Serious Illness     152
If You Are Going through Treatment     153
If You AreFacilitating a Support Group     154
If You Are Terminally Ill     155
If You Are Planning Your End-of-Life Experience     157
Making Plans for After You Die     158
Ideas for the Caregivers of a Person Who is Dying     160
Helping Someone Who is Having a Seizure     161
Caring for the Body     162
Holding a Visitation or Vigil     163
Accompanying the Body to a Crematorium     164
Holding a Wake     165
Holding a Memorial Service/Life Celebration     166
Appendices     169
A Summary of Healing Philosophies   Bill Manahan, M.D.     171
Complementary Treatments Used by Diane     178
Resolve to Get Organized   Vanda Manahan, Ph.D.     184
An Open Letter to Tessa Manahan   Chuck Lofy     187
Eulogy from Susie Symons     192
"Diane's Song"   Jon Olseth     195
Timeline of Diane Jansen Manahan     196
The Family Tree     199
List of People Mentioned and Their Relation to Diane     200
Recommended Resources     205
Acknowledgments     212
Permissions     214
About the Authors      216

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