Death is like a dark and painful secret. It challenges how we think about ourselves and makes us feel vulnerable. In this book, Henry Fersko-Weiss encourages us to face our fear and engage in an open, honest dialog about death. By doing so, we give the last gift we can give to our loved ones and ourselves.
The doula approach to death offers opportunities to explore the meaning of life and to convey that meaning through legacy work. Based on the model of care provided by birth doulas, it emphasizes thoughtful planning for how the last days of life should look, sound, and feel and calls for around-the-clock vigil care, which provides emotional and spiritual support for both the dying person and their loved ones.
Fersko-Weiss recounts beautiful stories that show that dying doesn't need to be as bleak and soul-wrenching as we think. It can be meaningful and even life affirming. Discussion guide included.
"This title, the first of its kind, makes a compelling case for end-of-life doula care for the dying and their loved ones. Long-time practitioner Fersko-Weiss also discusses techniques and practices for readers who want to have a more peaceful, meaningful death experience." --Library Journal (Best Books of 2017)
"Fersko-Weiss's perspective is a desperately needed reminder of the value of facing life's most difficult transitions with open eyes and hearts." --Publisher's Weekly (starred review)
About the Author:
Henry Fersko-Weiss, LCSW, is executive director of the International End-of-Life Doula Association. In 2003, Henry created the very first End-of-Life Doula Program in the US at a hospice in New York City and has built many other programs based on his model. His work has been featured in the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and elsewhere. He is on the faculty of the Open Center's Art of Dying Institute. Visit him at www.inelda.org.