"Saying Goodbye To Someone You Love consists of moving narratives about end of life and grief. These personal histories are complemented by practical guidelines for those caring for their loved ones through the last stages of life. For those who are grieving, the true-to-life-stories demonstrate how others have navigated through the tidal wave of emotions and reactions that characterize the grief process. For health care professionals and those who are offering support to grievers, Saying Goodbye To Someone You Love provides a new perspective on the challenges of caring for the dying and living with grief. Hundreds of poignant, touching, loving, humorous personal experiences address readers' concerns and curiosity about how others have faced life's final chapter with love and dignity. Specific issues include talking about death, hospice, funerals, grieving, and celebrating life. Saying Goodbye To Someone You Love empowers readers by Bringing compassion and awareness to end of life issues Providing examples of loving care at the moment of death Illuminating uncharted territory Demonstrating how others cope Demystifying the grief process Inspiring hope The narratives and advice in Saying Goodbye To Someone You Love benefits family members, friends and health care professionals as they travel the emotional journey through end of life and grief. "
|Publisher:||Springer Publishing Company|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Norine Dresser is a folklorist and writer. She is the author of Multicultural Manners: New Rules of Etiquette for a Changing Society; Come as You Aren't: Feeling at Home with Multicultural Celebrations and also wrote the eight-year award-winning Los Angeles Times column, "Multicultural Manners." She has a BA in anthropology and an MA in folklore / mythology, both from UCLA. She taught for twenty years at California State University Los Angeles, lectures frequently, and has worked with a variety of government agencies and associations including the New York State Department of Health, Food Stamp and Nutrition Workers; Methodist Hospital of Southern California; Children's Hospital of Los Angeles; and the American Dietetic Association. She is an internationally recognized expert on cultural traditions and rituals from around the world.
Our House Grief Support Center provides grief support to thousands of grieving children, teens, and adults each year on their journeys to hope and healing. A nonprofit, nonsectarian agency, OUR HOUSE was founded in 1993 on the premise that grievers need understanding, support, and connection. In addition to age and relationship specific groups offered at our locations, the El Centro de la Esperanza program offers groups in Spanish and the school program serves students in low-income, under-served areas of Los Angeles County. Post-crisis grief interventions are available to schools, community organizations, and businesses after the death of a classmate, client, or co-worker. As the foremost provider of grief education to mental health and community professionals, OUR HOUSE is the most recognized grief support center in California.
Table of Contents
Preface from Norine Dresser xi
Preface from Fredda Wasserman xiii
Life's Inevitable Journey xix
1 Elephant in the Room 1
2 The Conversation 11
3 The "H" Word 25
4 Caregiver Challenges 35
5 Celebrating Life 53
6 Preparing to Say Goodbye 63
7 Final Moments 79
8 Funerals 95
9 Memorials 115
10 Grieving 127
11 What About the Children? 151
12 Supporting Those Who Grieve 171
13 Creating Your New Life 183
Discussion Guide 197
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Thank you for the encouragement. I'm glad this book was available when my husband of 39 years was dying of cancer. It gave me the courage to put a "APB" on Facebook to friends and family. "Don't be afraid. Come see him now and say your goodbyes while he's still here in the hospital before it's too late. You'll show the LOVE YOU HAVE FOR HIM and what HE HAS MEANT TO YOU". I emphasized to whomever came, to tell Him "it's OKAY to go".