Death and Dying
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Touching the Edge: A Mother's Spiritual Journey from Loss to Life
Touching the Edge
A Mother's Spiritual Journey from Loss to Life
Hardcover      ISBN: 0471222879

Praise for Touching the Edge
""Touching the Edge is an homage to love, loss, and the rising grace that comes when grief is transformed into peace. Margaret Wurtele's bow to her son, Phil, is a story we can all recognize within the context of each family's dance with death. Her words can heal the fall of a human heart.""
-Terry Tempest Williams, author of Refuge, Red, and Leap
""Touching the Edge is an extraordinary memoir. Margaret Wurtele writes of the most painful events a parent can ever imagine, and yet she writes so honestly, so clearly, with prose as lucid and shimmering as cut crystal, that the book shines with a quiet grace. I too have a single grown child. I read this book and trembled. But I also saw, through Margaret Wurtele's eyes, a glimpse of the light that guided her through the darkness. It was a privilege to read this book.""
-Susan Allen Toth, author of Blooming: A Small-Town Girlhood and My Love Affair with England
""I happened to be climbing on Rainier the day that Phil was killed, and I often wondered who he was, what he was like. Now, thanks to this beautifully told account, I have a very good idea. And I have an even clearer sense of what it means to be a parent, and a child of God. This book will choke you up, but the tears will be more than worth it.""
-Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and Long Distance: Testing the Limits of Body and Spirit in a Year of Living Strenuously
""The experience of love and loss, when shared, can become the alchemy of a rebirth of the spirit in others. In this journey to the other side of grief, Margaret Wurtele is fearlessly true to her experience of loss and makes herself available to be an agent of transformation for her readers. This is the glory of the human story: we really are 'members of one another' whether we realize it or not.""
-Alan Jones, Dean of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, and author of Seasons of Grace, The Soul's Journey, and Living the Truth

The Family Handbook of Hospice Care
The Family Handbook of Hospice Care
Paperback      ISBN: 1577490908

Hospice Care is a comprehensive resource book for individuals and families seeking practical information and emotional support.

Our Greatest Gift: A Meditation on Dying and Caring
Our Greatest Gift
A Meditation on Dying and Caring
Paperback      ISBN: 0060663553

One of the best-loved spiritual writers of our time takes a moving, personal look at human mortality. As he shares his own experiences with aging, loss, grief, and fear, Nouwen gently and eloquently reveals the gifts that the living and dying can give to one another.

Grace and Grit: Spirituality and Healing in the Life and Death of Treya Killam Wilber
Grace and Grit
Spirituality and Healing in the Life and Death of Treya Killam Wilber
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1570627428
Coming soon as a Major Motion Picture

Here is a deeply moving account of a couple's struggle with cancer and their journey to spiritual healing. Grace and Grit is the compelling story of the five-year journey of Ken Wilber and his wife Treya Killam Wilber through Treya's illness, treatment, and, finally, death.
Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the Dying
Final Gifts
Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the Dying
Paperback      ISBN: 0553378767

Five years after its first publication, with more than 150,000 copies in print, Final Gifts has become a classic. In this moving and compassionate book, hospice nurses Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley share their intimate experiences with patients at the end of life, drawn from more than twenty years experience tending the terminally ill. Through their stories we come to appreciate the near-miraculous ways in which the dying communicate their needs, reveal their feelings, and even choreograph their own final moments; we also discover the gifts--of wisdom, faith, and love--that the dying leave for the living to share. Filled with practical advice on responding to the requests of the dying and helping them prepare emotionally and spiritually for death, Final Gifts shows how we can help the dying person live fully to the very end

The Bereaved Parent
The Bereaved Parent
Paperback      ISBN: 0140050434

Practical supportive advice for bereaved parents and the professionals who work with them, based on the experiences of psychiatric and religious counselors.

The Measure of Our Days: New Beginnings at Life's End
The Measure of Our Days
New Beginnings at Life's End
Hardcover      ISBN: 0670875708

A physician recounts his experiences with the dying and details how different people react to a diagnosis of terminal illness

Last Rights: Rescuing the End of Life from the Medical System
Last Rights
Rescuing the End of Life from the Medical System
Paperback      ISBN: 031237464x

"Gripping...A superb resource for boomers dealing with their parents' final days...as well as for health-care professionals who need to hear this story from the other side."

--Kirkus Reviews

With advances in medicine, technology, and daily diet and exercise practices, Americans are living longer than ever before. We have an unprecedented opportunity for meaningful closure - free of pain, among loved ones, with our affairs in order and spiritual calm attained. Instead, most of us discover that our doctor has minimal training in providing end-of-life care, and will seek to extend life no matter how painful, expensive and futile that effort might be.

In Last Rights, award-winning journalist Stephen P. Kiernan shows how patients and families can regain control of the dying process, creating familial intimacy like never before. Bolstered by both scientific research and intimate portraits of people from all walks of life, Last Rights offers a hopeful, profound vision for patients, doctors, and families: a way to honor people during their greatest vulnerability, a chance for families to reconnect, an opportunity for the medical system to treat patients with ultimate respect, a time to give comfort and compassion to those we most love.

Getting to the Other Side of Grief: Overcoming the Loss of a Spouse
Getting to the Other Side of Grief
Overcoming the Loss of a Spouse
Paperback      ISBN: 080105821x

The authors, a clinical psychologist and a pastor and professor, offer comfort and guidance to those mourning their spouse's death. Both suffered the loss of a spouse at a relatively young age, and their empathy, combined with psychological insights, biblical observations, and male and female perspectives, help readers experience grief in the healthiest, most complete way.

How to Go on Living When Someone You Love Dies
How to Go on Living When Someone You Love Dies
Paperback      ISBN: 0553352695
An inspiring guide to help you through the mourning process, including a comprehensive resource listing and a chapter on finding professional help and support groups.

"The most comprehensive, insightful, and helpful volume on loss and survival."--Rabbi Dr. Earl A. Grollman, author of Living When a Loved One Has Died

Mourning the death of a loved one is a process all of us will go through at one time or another. But wherever the death is sudden or anticipated, few of us are prepared for it or for the grief it brings. There is no right or wrong way to grieve; each person's response to loss will be different. Now, in this compassionate, comprehensive guide (previously published as Grieving), Therese A. Rando, Ph.D., bereavement specialist and author of Loss and Anticipatory Grief, leads you gently through the painful but necessary process of grieving and helps you find the best way for yourself.

Whether the death was sudden or expected, from accident, illness, suicide, homicide, or natural causes, Dr. Rando will help you learn to:

- Understand and resolve your grief.
- Talk to children about death.
- Resolve unfinished business.
- Take care of yourself.
- Accept the help and support of others.
- Get through holidays and other difficult times of the year.
- Plan funerals and personal bereavement rituals.

There is no way around the pain of loss, but there is a way through it. Dr. Rando offers the solace, comfort, and guidance to help you accept your loss and move into your new life without forgetting your treasured past.