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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.