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Life's Last Gift

Giving and Receiving Peace When a Loved One is Dying
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Central Recovery Press, LLC
 | 
October, 2017
ISBN:
9781942094500
In stock now: 
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$22.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

After four decades of training volunteers to sit at the bedsides of the dying, psychologist and Shanti founder Charles Garfield has created an essential guide for friends, families and healthcare professionals who want to ease someone’s final days but don’t know how to begin.

Life's Last Gift is an indispensible emotional lifeline to hand to the grief-stricken, offering compassionate, practical advice on reaffirming connection and acquiring skills to be of the greatest service to those at the end of life. By focusing on the reciprocal and healing relationship between the living and the dying, which continues until the last breath, Garfield offers a path toward clarity and wholeness, and even growth.

My hope and belief is that the insights and stories you’ll read in the pages to come will help you find your center when your world is spinning and let you be the person you most want to be as you accompany someone through his or her last months and days…

 

There is one promise that dying people need to hear, more than any other, from those who love and care about them: I choose to be with you in a healing partnership, though I know you’re dying. I will stand with you in the midst of despair.

 

I’d like to help you make this brave and comforting choice. It can be life’s last gift.

 “Here is a book on end-of-life care that you will not be able to put down. Life’s Last Gift offers family members, friends, and health professionals the support they need to navigate life’s final chapter with grace, courage, and skill. It is a deeply honest work about dying, living, and loving. I recommend it enthusiastically.” —Frank Ostaseski, author of The Five Invitations

“Beautiful, heartfelt, and overflowing with hard-won, compassionate wisdom. My prayer is that it be offered in every hospice, hospital, and chaplaincy program—in every setting and to every person who will lovingly accompany someone at the end of life. My prayer is that my children will read it when it comes my time. This book is a gift.” —Kathleen Dowling Singh, author of The Grace in Dying

Publisher’s Description: 

After four decades of training volunteers to sit at the bedsides of the dying, psychologist and Shanti founder Charles Garfield has created an essential guide for friends and families who want to offer comfort and ease their loved ones' final days. Life's Last Gift is an indispensible emotional lifeline to hand to the grief-stricken, offering compassionate, practical advice on reaffirming connection and acquiring skills to be of the greatest service to those at the end of life. By focusing on the reciprocal and healing relationship between the living and the dying, which continues until the last breath, Garfield offers a path toward clarity and wholeness, and even growth.

More than 90 percent of Americans believe it is a family's responsibility to provide care for a loved one who is dying, and more than 650,000 people in the United States each year die at home, where much of the caregiving is done by family members and friends. Approximately 43.5 million caregivers have provided unpaid care to an adult or child in the last twelve months (National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, 2015).

Charles Garfield, PhD, founded Shanti, an internationally honored volunteer organization dedicated to the care of the dying and those living with cancer and AIDS, and the Shanti National Training Institute, which takes Shanti's model to organizations around the world. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, he is currently a research scholar at the Starr King School of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.

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