By Henry Fersko-Weiss LCSW
Caring for the Dying describes a complete new method to strategy loss of life and loss of life. It explores how the demise and their households can convey deep that means and nice convenience to the care given on the finish of a lifestyles. Created by means of Henry Fersko-Weiss, the end-of-life doula version is customized from the paintings of beginning doulas and is helping the death to discover which means of their existence, exhibit that that means in strong and lovely legacies, and plan for the ultimate days. The procedure demands around-the-clock vigil care, so the death individual and their family members have the emotional and religious aid they wish in addition to assistance on signs of loss of life. It additionally covers the paintings of reprocessing a loss of life with the relatives in a while and the early paintings of grieving.
Emphasis is put on the gap round the demise individual and encourages using contact, guided imagery, and formality through the loss of life method. during the publication Fersko-Weiss tells awesome and inspiring tales of the folks he has cared for, in addition to tales that come from doulas he has proficient and labored with over the years.
What is exclusive approximately this booklet is the well-conceived and thorough strategy it describes to operating skillfully with the loss of life. The suggestions supplied might help a death individual, their relatives, and caregivers to remodel the death adventure from certainly one of worry and melancholy into one who is uplifting or even existence putting forward. you will see that dying in a brand new mild and achieve a unique point of view on how you can support the demise. it will possibly even swap how you dwell your lifestyles correct now.
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Doka, author of Grief Is a Journey “Henry's calm, practical, and pioneering book is an excellent guide for those wishing to learn how to be a doula for the dying, whether formal or informal, which will certainly also make them an inspiration for the consciously living. ” —Robert A. F. Thurman, Jey Tsong Khapa professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University and author of Infinite Life and Man of Peace “The doula program described here provides skilled, compassionate, mindful presence to people at the end of life and their loved ones, helping guide them to an experience of dying which affirms their lives and enriches the lives of those left behind.
If the dying person and the family are not openly discussing dying, or they are trying to maintain an air of normalcy, then reminiscence or life review tends to happen only in fleeting moments when the dying person is alone. Real examination of a person's life needs structure to arrive at meaning. Without structure, despair is too often the outcome. As a person explores the meaning of their life, it is natural to consider how that meaning might be expressed in a concrete way that the person finds satisfying; in a way that loved ones will find informative or inspiring.
Over and over again as I served dying patients and their families at a large New York City hospice, I saw less-than-ideal deaths: a patient being rushed off to die in the hospital, even though they wanted to die at home; a husband or wife sleeping through the death of their spouse in the next room because they were too exhausted to stay up or didn't recognize the symptoms of imminent death; an adult child not called to the bedside for the last breaths because a paid caregiver took it upon themselves to “protect” that child from the supposed pain of watching the death.