The End-of-Life Handbook

A Compassionate Guide to Connecting with and Caring for a Dying Loved One

by David B. Feldman, Ph.D. & S. Andrew Lasher, Jr., M.D.

Praise for The End-of-Life Handbook

"The End-of-Life Handbook brings life and clarity to the process of dying. This book explains in clear, non-technical language what happens to the dying and what to do to help them and those who care for them. If a loved one is ill or dying, keep this book handy and follow its sound advice."

- David Spiegel, MD, author of Living Beyond Limits, and coauthor of Group Therapy for Cancer Patients

"The End-of-Life Handbook illumines the opacity which cloaks life's final chapter. Acknowledging the universal fear of the unknown, Feldman and Lasher light the trail which leads patients and families to reconciliation with life's last challenge."

- Walter M. Bortz, MD, Author of We Die too Long and Live too Short, and Living Longer for Dummies

"This is a practical road map for finding a way through the challenges of care-giving, illness, and loss. Anyone who has questions will find useful information and helpful recommendations here."

- Marcia Lattanzi Licht, MA, RN, LPC, cofounder of HospiceCare in Boulder, CO, educator, psychotherapist, and author of The Hospice Choice

"Acknowledging a diagnosis of a terminal illness and recognizing that difficult choices and different approaches to a love one’s care may be necessary are enormous hurdles for most people. Confusing medical information, frightening hospital routines and widespread misconceptions in our culture add to families’ burdens. The End-of-Life Handbook offers refreshing clarity to anyone confronting a loved one’s terminal illness, breaking down the basic issues and medical jargon in easy-to-read language. Most importantly, it reminds caregivers that a 'soft landing' is possible for their loved one and that they can still count their blessings, despite the difficult straits they are negotiating."

- Larry Beresford, author of The Hospice Handbook and consulting writer with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and Center to Advance Palliative Care

"The End-of-Life Handbook is a rich practical guide for meeting the medical, social, and emotional challenges that accompany the serious illness of a loved one. Feldman and Lasher's wise and sensitive suggestions make this book required reading for everyone negotiating life’s most intimate passage."

- Dale G. Larson, PhD, author of The Helper’s Journey: Working with People Facing Grief, Loss and Life-Threatening Illness

"This publication is truly the first of its kind. Feldman and Lasher have reached out to families and caregivers to provide a comprehensive guide to the care of a loved one with a terminal illness. It answers every question of need with emphasis on the physical, emotional, and medical issues that encompass this most complicated and stressful phase of life."

- Jules Sherman, DO, board-certified specialist in medical oncology and palliative medicine and chief medical officer of the Hospice of Dayton

"This book shines a light into the dark forest of dying. It's all here—how we tend to feel, what we might want to say (or not), how to deal with doctors and diagnoses, how to come to terms with our own soul’s desires. The book is a down-to-earth distillation of the wisdom and experience we need to care for someone we love at the end of life and to care for ourselves."

- Brad Stuart, MD, Senior Medical Director of the Sutter Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice

"In my heart of hearts, I think that everybody should buy this book, even if they don’t have anybody dying right now. . . . All of us will, to one degree or another, be faced with this or know someone we’re close to. At least you can say, here’s my gift to you, here’s a guideline."

- Michael Dresser, host of “The Michael Dresser Show”, nationally syndicated AM talk radio program

Book descriptionTable of contents
Foreword by Ira Byock, M.D.Radio/TV interviews
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