Holding Space: On Loving, Dying, and Letting Go

A look at the spiritual, emotional, and philosophical implications of end-of-life care by an elegant and literary writer who is a hospital chaplain. As a hospital chaplain, disease, trauma, amy Wright Glenn has been present with those suffering from suicide, and unforeseen accidents and has been witness to the intense grief and powerful insights that so often accompany loss.

She weaves together memoir, philosophical inquiry, and cutting-edge research on death/dying to chronicle how we, as individuals and as a culture, handle everything from grief to mortality. Glenn is also a professional birth doula with a deep and committed mindfulness practice who has thought deeply about the significance of human love and loss.

. She asks us to embrace the task of being present with what is -- through courageous and mindful expressions of compassionate presence -- and helps us to accept the fact of our own mortality on a visceral and emotional level, not simply as an intellectual abstraction. Holding space concludes by integrating key insights drawn from working directly with the dying into a moving and compelling meditation on the healing power of "holding space" for all involved in caring for the dying, a healing sorely needed in our culture at this time.


Caring for the Dying: The Doula Approach to a Meaningful Death

Created by henry fersko-weiss, the end-of-life doula model is adapted from the work of birth doulas and helps the dying to find meaning in their life, express that meaning in powerful and beautiful legacies, and plan for the final days. Conari. The approach calls for around-the-clock vigil care, so the dying person and their family have the emotional and spiritual support they need along with guidance on signs and symptoms of dying.

You will see death in a new light and gain a different perspective on how to help the dying. It explores how the dying and their families can bring deep meaning and great comfort to the care given at the end of a life. It may even change the way you live your life right now. The guidance provided can help a dying person, their family, and caregivers to transform the dying experience from one of fear and despair into one that is uplifting and even life affirming.

Throughout the book fersko-weiss tells amazing and encouraging stories of the people he has cared for, as well as stories that come from doulas he has trained and worked with over the years. What is unique about this book is the well-conceived and thorough approach it describes to working skillfully with the dying.

Caring for the Dying describes a whole new way to approach death and dying. It also covers the work of reprocessing a death with the family afterward and the early work of grieving. Emphasis is placed on the space around the dying person and encourages the use of touch, guided imagery, and ritual during the dying process.


Conari. But then again, babies aren’t supposed to die. In this courageous and deeply intimate memoir, the isolation of midwives, Heineman examines the home-birth and maternal health-care industry, and the scripting of her own grief. We’re not supposed to hold and caress dead bodies. It’s also heineman’s unexpected tale of the loss of a newborn: before burial, she brings the baby home for overnight stays.

Does this sound unsettling? Of course. With no resolution to sadness, heineman and her partner learn to live in a new world: a world in which they face each day with the understanding of the fragility of the present. Ghostbelly is elizabeth heineman’s personal account of a home birth that goes tragically wrong—ending in a stillbirth—and the harrowing process of grief and questioning that follows.


Midwife for Souls: Spiritual Care for the Dying

Conari. The first edition of this text was so beloved that it sold over 30, 000 copies now it s your turn to discover why! Kathy Kalina, describes the physical as well as spiritual signs of the dying process in Midwife for Souls. Great product! She offers years of qualified experience and spiritual wisdom that will inform and comfort caregivers and loved ones.

. This book provides insight, showing how the support of one s Catholic faith and the power of prayer can be a guide in ministering to a dying person. Caregivers, friends, and family members often feel unsure of what to say or do as they care for the terminally ill. This book is essential reading for anyone who accompanies others to the edge of life and helps in their birthing to eternal life.


Accompanying the Dying: Practical, Heart-Centered Wisdom for End-Of-Life Doulas and Health Care Advocates

There is a wide gap in this knowing of how to accompany the dying, which is why this book is timely and needed at this juncture of the "death positive" movement. Great product! Conari. No doubt, friends and communities with skillful, Accompanying the Dying takes its place among the great works of humanity, bringing us to the next level of awareness in companioning our family, loving care.

. Deanna describes the newly emerging role of the "end-of-life doula, emotional, " which is a nonmedical role that provides practical, and spiritual support to the dying and their family. Accompanying the Dying describes the human skill and art of companioning someone through dying. The book is meant to empower us as a society to understand how to die well in this modern age.

This role is a powerful solution to the looming crisis in health care as our baby boomers and their elders age and die in the oncoming years. The book is overflowing with wisdom that only someone with years of experience can impart, offers historical context and present-day initiatives and describes how end-of-life doulas and health-care advocates can change the face of dying wherever they choose to serve.


Cultivating the Doula Heart: Essentials of Compassionate Care

Loss is difficult. And universal. The doula heart can be readily infused into all work and into any relationship. Conari. Succinct and straightforward, aspects of loss, grief Support, Ways of Being/Ways of Doing, this "work of heart" covers: Components of Doula Care, and Contemplative Exercises. Readers will feel empowered to move from sympathy to empathy to compassion.

Great product! What do we say? what do we do?part how-to guide, grief, Cultivating the Doula Heart provides a clear framework for supporting those facing hardship, part hopeful manifesto, and loss.

Babies Are Not Pizzas: They're Born, Not Delivered

One in three births is traumatic. She spent the first few hours after birth begging to see her own baby!A few years later and pregnant again, Rebecca put her research skills to work and examined the hard evidence on what went wrong with her first childbirth experience. She discovered shocking truths that not only impact millions of families every year, but would change the entire course of her life.

. Great product! Conari. But hospital practices and policies that were more than twenty years out of date left her with complications that seemed preventable. It doesn’t have to be that way. Rebecca planned to give birth at the hospital affiliated with her university, where she was an award-winning nurse researcher finishing her doctoral degree.

Embark on a journey with rebecca as she exposes the stark realities of institutional care during childbirth and reveals inspirational solutions for parents and professionals alike. Worst for rebecca, her healthy baby was whisked off to a nursery right away.

Awake at the Bedside: Contemplative Teachings on Palliative and End-of-Life Care

Blinderman, betsy macgregor, elisabeth kubler-ross, robert chodo campbell, gil fronsdal, ajahn chah, michael kearney, ram dass, marie howe, Issan Dorsey, Kirsten DeLeo, Tony Hoagland, Ira Byock, Norman Fischer, Joshua Bright, Joseph Goldstein, Rafael Campo, Mark Doty, Nick Flynn, Stanley Kunitz, Bhikkhu Bodhi, Shodo Harada Roshi, Fernando Kawai, Stephen and Ondrea Levine, Judy Lief, Diane E.

S. Conari. It’s about life and what life has to teach us. Contributors include Anyen Rinpoche, Coleman Barks, Craig D. An indispensable resource for anyone involved in hospice work or caregiving of any kind. Meier, W. Merwin, larry rosenberg, cicely saunders, rachel naomi Remen, Frank Ostaseski, Jason Shinder, Naomi Shihab Nye, Senryu, Derek Walcott, Rumi, Radhule B.

This book isn’t about dying. It’s about caring and what giving care really means. In awake at the bedside, uplift, caregivers and even poets offer wisdom that will challenge, chaplains, pioneers of palliative and end-of-life care as well as doctors, comfort—and change the way we think about death.

Equal parts instruction manual and spiritual testimony, counsel, it includes specific instructions and personal accounts to inspire, and teach. Wisdom Pubns.

Walking the Labyrinth of My Heart: A Journey of Pregnancy, Grief and Newborn Death

This book shines with love and the knowledge that even the briefest life is holy. Finally there is a book to honor the pregnancy, loving the children past their death, baby and loss, loving the wombs that nurtured them and accepting the sacred path of mothering children whose bodies are broken, but whose souls are intact and perfectly whole.

Dianna’s experiences with infertility, motherhood, infant loss and miscarriage infuse her writing with compassion for all women. Spread the word. In addition, readers will learn how to support the bereaved by remembering the baby and pregnancy. With eloquent language, fierce honesty and a record of the rawness of grief, readers in the midst of their own suffering will recognize the path that bereaved parents walk.

Read it. Conari. Through journal entries, essays and poetry, Dianna invites the reader to process grief and honor the life of the child, no matter how brief. We no longer have to grieve our infants and pregnancies alone. Wisdom Pubns. The heaviness of this grief, which most women bear alone, is shared here and will comfort mothers who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth and infant death.

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The Doula Business Guide, 3rd Edition: How to Succeed as a Birth, Postpartum or End-of-Life Doula

With this new 3rd edition of the doula Business Guide, Patty Brennan provides freshly-updated resources and insights into the business side of being a doula. Great product! Doulas not only learn about the ins and outs of organization and marketing, they learn about themselves—their strengths, fears and goals.

As a growing number of end-of-life doulas are pioneering new approaches to compassionate support at the other end of the birth–death continuum, there will be many who can benefit from Patty’s guidance. I strongly recommend this invaluable resource to all aspiring and practicing doulas!" — Francesca Arnoldy, Program Director, University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine’s End-of-Life Doula Training and author of Cultivating the Doula Heart: Essentials of Compassionate Care Conari.

She gently companions readers through a comprehensive overview of launching and sustaining a successful business. She shows both new and seasoned doulas how to go from dream to reality, step-by-step, and make their living doing work they love. Wisdom Pubns. Discover why this book is required reading for a growing number of doulas of all kinds.

Lest it sound daunting, conversational tone, this book is a good read! Patty’s honesty, humor, instructive stories and obvious expertise carry you through each chapter. This book is more than an excellent guide to business, but also a guide to the high road for each of us and to growth for the entire doula movement.

Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death

Wisdom Pubns. Conari. The buddhist approach to death can be of great benefit to people of all backgrounds—as has been demonstrated time and again in Joan Halifax’s decades of work with the dying and their caregivers. Inspired by traditional buddhist teachings, facing their own death, her work is a source of wisdom for all those who are charged with a dying person’s care, or wishing to explore and contemplate the transformative power of the dying process.

Her teachings affirm that we can open and contact our inner strength, and that we can help others who are suffering to do the same. Great product! Being with dying cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death.