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Urgent Whispers: Care of the Dying - Assisting a Friend or Loved One at the End of Life (New)
by Sapienza, Jerral
Book ID: 9780971710702, 0971710708
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Simple yet powerful, URGENT WHISPERS: Care of the Dying by Jerral Sapienza is an essential guide to getting focused in caregiving. Designed for novice and experienced caregivers alike, it empowers one to feel supported, informed and immediately useful in the process of helping out at the end of life. Can be used as a personal guide and mentor, or in group training settings to help inspire confidence and stimulate discussion while opening to learn. With index, exercises and reflections, a poetic, prayerful, information-packed little guide: URGENT WHISPERS is truly a "Map and Compass for the Soul."
The heart of the book is layed out as a two-page spread, the left side with exercises, questions, list fill-ins and reflection opportunity by and for the caregiver about the process. The right side of the page starts with a brief and often incisive "whisper" at the top of the page, representing a quiet yet important subtle message about the loved one's needs which the caregiver may or may not have sensed in the course of the process, followed by a discussion of how it may be most relevant to caregiver, loved one and the overall process.
For those apprehensive about the subject or fearful about getting involved, URGENT WHISPERS delicately draws them in, offering an excellent action guide to richer living. The chronological arrangement of the "whispers" moves the reader gradually through a growth and examination process, covering roles and attitudes towards usefulness, priorities, love and family, friendship, spiritual values, accomplishments, celebrations and a whole host of other topics, all while learning more about Self and Others. With exercises and index, it informs, inspires and documents a reader's journey all along the way.
Sapienza is a fascinating blend of artist and keen social scientist who writes from personal experience as long-time hospice volunteer and death researcher. Rich and acessible, this jewel of a resource guide is a caregiver's delight. Available as paperback or spiral coil edition, there's a reason why URGENT WHISPERS is popping up all across the country in book discussion groups, community reading programs, church fellowships and other places which typically have little to do with hospice or caregiving. This is a remarkable little book.
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