Life to Death: Harmonizing the Transition

A Holistic and Meditative Approach for Caregivers and the Dying
Life to Death: Harmonizing the Transition
A Holistic and Meditative Approach for Caregivers and the Dying

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Pages : 256

Book Size : 6 x 9

ISBN-13 : 9780892813292

Imprint : Healing Arts Press

On Sale Date : October 01, 1995

Format : Paperback Book

Written for the terminally ill, their families and others involved in the care of the dying, Life to Death introduces the technique of co-meditation, a method to help a patient maintain a "clear mind and peaceful heart" during the process of dying. A script for co-meditation sessions, with relaxation and visualization techniques, is included.
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About Life to Death: Harmonizing the Transition

Written for the terminally ill and their families as well as for hospice workers and others involved in the care of the dying, Life to Death introduces the technique of co-meditation: a method for helping a patient maintain a “clear mind and peaceful heart” during the process of dying. For centuries Tibetan lamas have used special breathing techniques and shared meditation practices to maintain a calm mental state in the dying person and ensure a safe transition. Adapting these powerful principles of consciousness transformation to modern Western needs, the authors have made accessible to all a profoundly compassionate technique for helping those most in need.

In addition to easing the suffering of the terminally ill, co-meditation provides families and other loved ones with a meaningful and constructive way of supporting the dying person.

The book covers a wide range of topics associated with death and dying and provides comfort and coping stategies.

Hospice staffs, AIDS volunteers, caregivers, and those who are facing death themselves will find this guide invaluable. A separate chapter addresses the special needs of those with AIDS and other debilitating conditions and those who care for them.

Life to Death also includes a script for a co-meditation session, complete with relaxation and visualization techniques.
Table of Contents

Table of content

 

Life To Death: Harmonizing the Transition
A Holistic and Meditative Approach for Caregivers and the Dying

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1.  Death and the Spirit
2.  Meditation
3.  Comeditation
4.  A Holistic Approach to Health Care
5.  What is Help?  What is Hope?
6.  The Patient and the Family
7.  The Rollercoaster Experience of Leukemia, AIDS, and Other Devastating Diseases
8.  Community Concerns
Appendices
A:  Comeditation Guide
B:  Worksheets for Personal Adaptation of Comeditation
C:  Religious and Spiritual Traditions and Texts
D:  Resources
Notes
Recommended Reading

Author Bio
Richard W. Boerstler, Ph.D., was a practicing psychotherapist and thanatologist in the Boston area and the founder of Associates in Thanatology. Formerly a head nurse in a chronic disease hospital, Hulen S. Kornfeld, R.N., is director of the Learning Center for Supportive Care. She and Dr. Boerstler have lectured widely on comeditation and have taught the technique to over two thousand people.
Reviews

Reviews

Book Praise

Book Praise

"This relaxation technique slows respiration and pulse rate, lowers body temperature and blood pressure, releases anxiety, and helps alleviate stress and pain."
The Boston Globe

"This book differs from others about death and dying because it explains how we can prepare ourselves for the inevitable transition, also help others who are terminally sick and dying and come to terms with the grief and anguish over the loss of a loved one. The book explains comediation - a useful technique developed by Tibetan Lamas to ease the pain and suffering of those who are about to make the transition. A book of practical wisdom that helps people face their deaths with dignity and helps their loved ones to surmount the grief over the loss."
East and West Series

Many helpful suggestions and practical needs are addressed in this book that would especially benefit the families and caregivers of ill and dying people.
Martha Kleindienst, MS, RN, CNN
ANNA Journal

"Comeditation's prescribed meditative and breathing techniques are adaptable to any philosophy and state of health, even for those who have never meditated before. The caregiver's opportunity to relate intimately with the consciousness of the dying in the last days leads to a sense of peace rather than remorse in the bereavement period."
Ruth Buczynski, Ph.D., president,
National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine
Back Cover

Back Cover Copy

DEATH AND DYING / SPIRITUALITY

This is a book of practical wisdom for the care of the dying. The authors have spent many years helping people face their deaths with dignity and helping their loved ones cope with grief. The ancient technique of comeditation helps to bring the mind and body of the patient into alignment and to quell the fear and anxiety that can arise as one approaches death. Everyone concerned with caring for the terminally ill and the dying will find something useful in these pages.
--Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., author of The Power of the Mind to Heal

Taught to the patient's caregivers, comeditation permits them to engage in a positive caring act and share in the process of assisting the patient in "letting go." The method is a powerful tool for aiding the dying and bringing a sense of closure to patient, family, and friends.
--Robert Fulton, Ph.D., coauthor of Death and Identity

Life to Death is a complete guide to caring for those who are about to make the final passage. In addition to addressing the essential elements and tasks of caregiving and the needs of caregivers, the authors describe how to use the method of comeditation, an ancient yet timeless holistic technique for giving comfort and clarity to the dying. Comeditation derives from the practices of Tibetan lamas, who for centuries have used special breathing techniques and shared meditation practices to help the dying maintain a clear mind and peaceful heart. Adapting this powerful nonsectarian method of consciousness transformation to the needs of the terminally ill, the authors describe its remarkable benefits for both patients and their families as a way of providing emotional and spiritual healing and support.

With many years of experience in ministering to the needs of the terminally ill, Boerstler and Kornfeld combine common sense with a holistic approach to issues surrounding death and dying. The topics covered range from the practical aspects of daily care, grief counseling, and family dynamics to philosophical issues concerning spirituality, the afterlife, and current debates about health care and social responsibility. Hospice workers, AIDS volunteers, caregivers, family members, and those who are facing death themselves will find this guide invaluable in helping to make the transition a peaceful and meaningful experience.

RICHARD W. BOERSTLER, Ph.D., is a practicing psychotherapist and thanatologist in the Boston area and the founder of Associates in Thanatology. Formerly a head nurse in a chronic disease hospital, HULEN S. KORNFELD, R.N., M.A., is director of the Learning Center for Supportive Care. She and Dr. Boerstler have lectured widely on comeditation and have taught the technique to over two thousand people.

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