No one has to die alone Preparing for a meaningful death

Lani Leary

Book - 2012

"The experience of caring for a loved one through terminal illness and eventual loss can be incredibly isolating and emotionally overwhelming. No One Dies Alone offers accessible insights, practical tools, and personal stories to provide a sense of community, profound relief, and deep meaning for both caregiver and patient through illness, death, and bereavement.The first half of No One Dies Alone focuses on caregiving, while the second half focuses on the grieving process, including an ent...ire chapter on how to compassionately support the unique needs of children through the grieving process. Each chapter is written to stand alone, allowing readers to reference any chapter and apply that information to their unique challenge"--

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Published
New York : Atria Books/Beyond Words 2012.
Edition
1st paperback ed
Language
English
Physical Description
xxi, 246 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781582703527
1582703523
Main Author
Lani Leary (-)
  • Making a difference through illness, dying, and death. My story ; How we die matters ; We can make a difference ; Dying may be painful, death is not ; Death is not the end ; We can cope
  • Making a difference through bereavement. Grieving is a process ; We each grieve in unique ways ; Children grieve differently than adults ; Validation is the key to resolving grief ; We can find meaning in loss
  • Recommended resources. Appendix A, Letters on death and dying ; Appendix B, Letters and resources on grief ; Appendix C, Resources and notes for caregivers (professional, family, volunteer) ; Appendix D, Notes and current research on near-death experiences ; Appendix E, Notes and current research on after-death communication ; Appendix F, Caregiver's breathing meditation ; Appendix G, A healing meditation for grief.
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Leary, a psychotherapist and professor of death studies, has written an extraordinarily clear-eyed and helpful guide for those who must care for a dying loved one, an almost unavoidable and challenging situation. Leary brings both the personal experience of her parents' deaths—two very different situations at different times in her life—as well as two and a half decades' professional experience working with the dying and the bereaved. Caregivers almost always begin the journey of caregiving not knowing what to do or say; Leary offers both information and comfort for them. Half the book deals with caregiving for the dying, and the second part concerns itself with the bereavement process; several appendixes list varieties of resources. Leary respects both the patterns within and the uniqueness of the processes of letting go and grieving. She provides a public service; this book is strongly recommended for libraries. (Apr.) [Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A compassionate reference for terminally ill patients and their caregivers outlines accessible insights and practical tools for providing and receiving care and offers additional advice for the grieving process and supporting children. Original. 25,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"The experience of caring for a loved one through terminal illness and eventual loss can be incredibly isolating and emotionally overwhelming. No One Dies Alone offers accessible insights, practical tools, and personal stories to provide a sense of community, profound relief, and deep meaning for both caregiver and patient through illness, death, and bereavement.The first half of No One Dies Alone focuses on caregiving, while the second half focuses on the grieving process, including an entire chapter onhow to compassionately support the unique needs of children through the grieving process. Each chapter is written to stand alone, allowing readers to reference any chapter and apply that information to their unique challenge"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

No One Has to Die Alone offers meaningful insights and practical tools to rise above fear and make a difference in how we face the transition of death, dying, and bereavement.

Caring for a terminally ill loved one can be the single biggest challenge of your life. Drawing from her experience sitting with over 500 people as they died and caring for her own terminally ill father, Dr. Lani Leary gently guides caregivers, family, and friends through the difficult transitions of illness, death, and bereavement.

No One Has to Die Alone offers the practical skills, vocabulary, and insights needed to truly address the needs of a dying loved one while caring for yourself through the process. Dr. Leary shows both patient and caregiver how to rise above feelings of fear and isolation to find peace and meaning in each person’s unique end-of-life experience.

Whether used as a reference book to address a particular challenge or read from start to finish, this is a must-read for anyone facing death or the loss of a loved one. You’ll learn:

• how to listen to and support a loved one’s needs;

• what to expect as a loved one declines and the different grieving processes and tasks;

• the key to supporting a grieving child;

• what resources are available for patients and caregivers;

• the lessons of near-death experiences and the value of after-death communications.