Dying to Live: Embracing the Journey
Harvey, a hospice social worker, throws open death’s door for practical introspection. Dying to Live is an uplifting collection of true, end-of-life vignettes, recounting the stories of eight people with terminal illnesses who chose to utilize hospice services in their final days. The anthology of these very personal accounts is both informative and touching, removing the fear sometimes associated with dying and end of life decisions. Harvey diligently explores the notion that “living well” includes preparing for our own demise.
The author helps us understand the needs of the dying and the valuable resources hospice care can offer anyone, regardless of where they choose to die, or whether they have financial resources. Some of the stories are sad and some of them allow the reader insight into what is really important in life as well as in death. Many of the patients are young; many of them have children and families who may not be prepared to deal with issues like pain management and quality of life.
The book also explains the use of the Meridian Tapping Technique for unresolved emotional issues causing physical discomforts. The technique based on the Chinese chakra energy system can be learned in a few hours and “often provides relief to clients who believe there is nothing else they can do to reduce their suffering,” according to Harvey. There is also a list of valuable resources for anyone with concerns about advance directives, body donations, choosing a final resting place, etc., and a comprehensive list of suggested reading for particular death and dying issues.
The smaller size of the book makes it an excellent resource for anyone who might need information quickly and succinctly.
|Author||Joanne Harvey, MSW|
|Page Count||137 pages|
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