The Shaman s Book of Living and Dying

“Both my grandmother and my mother died of cancer. I can't help but wonder about my chances. I've had all the usual medical treatments, including surgery, but I want to be sure that the cancer hasn't spread.

The Shaman s Book of Living and Dying

The Shaman s Book of Living and Dying

“Profound age-old wisdom in twelve stories of profound transformation and growth.” —Joe Dispenza, bestselling author of Breaking the Habit of Yourself The Wisdom, Power, and Beauty of Shamanic Energy Medicine One of the pioneers in energy healing and shamanism recounts twelve miraculous stories in which, through the use of shamanic energetic techniques, people experience extraordinary physical and emotional healings. Meet a dancer who could barely walk until a series of sessions with Alberto Villoldo, a businesswoman who is freed from headaches and discovers the benefits of an integrated interior life, and a young woman who confronts her past and recovers from crippling depression. Each of these stories is rooted in Villoldo’s experience as a healer, mental health professional, and devotee of Indigenous wisdom and lore from around the world. Ultimately, Villoldo demonstrates how a shaman assists us in discovering our own capacity for self-healing. He introduces us to physical, mental, and spiritual disease and presents techniques that can heal us, make us whole, and make us new. Having devoted 25 years of study to the healing practices of the Amazon and Andean shamans, Villoldo is teaching people how to actually grow new bodies. By learning ancient shaman wisdom from Alberto Villoldo, you can heal disease, eliminate emotional suffering, and even grow a new body that ages and heals differently. The stories in this book are amazing and inspiring. This title was previously published in 2015 as A Shaman’s Miraculous Tools for Healing (ISBN 978157174372)

Mission of Love

This is not a book 'about dying'; it's a book about the whole rich brew of existence, of which dying is just a part.' Stephanie Dowrick Fear of illness and death and the threat of being separated from loved ones affect us all.

Mission of Love

Mission of Love

‘This is a generous and genuinely sustaining book. It offers as much through its story of Roger Cole's own profound spiritual development as through the many compelling stories he tells. This is not a book 'about dying'; it's a book about the whole rich brew of existence, of which dying is just a part.' Stephanie Dowrick Fear of illness and death and the threat of being separated from loved ones affect us all. Often those diagnosed with serious and life-threatening illnesses, including their families and loved ones, have to face intense challenges before they can begin to heal and find peace. In Mission of Love, a palliative care specialist recounts the stories of people who have faced their greatest fears and have healed their lives through acceptance, inner peace and love. DR ROGER COLE’s observations and insights are informed by his own spiritual journey, which began in a workshop with Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in 1984 and later led him to India where his meditation practice deepened. His message is one of hope and compassion: we can transform our lives and experience acceptance and peace. He explains the benefits of meditation and includes healing meditation exercises to aid self-transformation, to help focus the mind and to cultivate positive qualities. In describing the spiritual path, Dr Cole makes compelling arguments for the existence of an afterlife, and includes a moving personal account of the stages of spiritual transformation, its practices and rewards and the promise of self-discovery.

Enduring Cancer

Though l $ cure rates in childhood leukaemias, lymphomas and breast cancer have 2', _' dramatically improved, ... This chapter recounts how two families came to terms with watching a dear one living (and dying) with cancer.

Enduring Cancer

Enduring Cancer


This Is Not the End of Me

Powerful and unvarnished, This Is Not the End of Mecontains moments of great beauty and humour, and reminds us of what it means to live.

This Is Not the End of Me

This Is Not the End of Me

At the age of thirty-three, Layton Reid, a wedding photographer from Halifax, was diagnosed with stage IV melanoma. The cancer was first detected years earlier, and after fighting it and going into remission, he had ditched his life as a wandering bachelor to finally settle down. When the cancer returned, he and his wife, Candace, were now expecting their first child. Fearing side effects and poor results from chemotherapy and radiation, he and his family threw themselves into pursuing an extreme alternative therapy, which he was certain would save his life. Two years later, Layton's cancer spread to his brain, and quitting the therapy, he devoted his energy to preparing his infant son, Finn, for life without him. With incredible intimacy, power, insight, and empathy, reporter Dakshana Bascaramurty, who first met Layton when she hired him to shoot her wedding, tells the story of her friend Layton's illness; of his free spirit, effervescence, and captivating personality, eloquence, and lack of sentimentality, which drew her to him; and of the journey his fiercely devoted family--his parents, Willie and Phil, and brother Matt--undertook with him, in order to examine how a person dies, and how we might build a legacy in our information-saturated age. Powerful and unvarnished, This Is Not the End of Mecontains moments of great beauty and humour, and reminds us of what it means to live.

Cancer Stories

Lessons learned are presented as "gifts" at the conclusion of each of the five narratives. This book is for people living with the disease and their caregivers.

Cancer Stories

Cancer Stories

In Cancer Stories five people share their journeys, their stories, and the suffering they faced before their deaths. These narratives chronicle the despair, hope, and love they experienced while living and dying with cancer, giving the power of the human spirit full voice. Lessons learned are presented as "gifts" at the conclusion of each of the five narratives. This book is for people living with the disease and their caregivers. Nurses and physicians, students in any health-related discipline, as well as persons engaged in qualitative research will also find this an invaluable resource. The importance of incorporating qualitative, research-based approaches in caring for the dying emerges from the narratives. Cancer Stories points toward a more holistic research/treatment agenda, one that bridges the medical and social sciences.

Cancer Stories

And thus , the often untold suffering encountered while living with cancer and dying from cancer is revealed in these five stories or narratives . This book was written for several reasons . Giving " voice " to those who did not survive ...

Cancer Stories

Cancer Stories

Each of us will be touched by cancer in the course of our lifetime – as a person diagnosed with the disease or as a family member or friend who must witness its course in someone we love. For all of us, this encounter with cancer will entail an exploration of the margins of life and death. Too often, especially once the curative stage is passed, patients and their loved ones make this journey in silence and without the full support of a medical system whose chief mandate is to "win the battle" against cancer. In Cancer Stories five people share their journeys, their stories, and the suffering they faced before their deaths. These narratives chronicle the despair, hope, and love they experienced while living and dying with cancer, giving the power of the human spirit full voice. Lessons learned are presented as "gifts" at the conclusion of each of the five narratives. This book is for people living with the disease and their caregivers. Nurses and physicians, students in any health-related discipline, as well as persons engaged in qualitative research will also find this an invaluable resource. The importance of incorporating qualitative, research-based approaches in caring for the dying emerges from the narratives. Cancer Stories points toward a more holistic research/treatment agenda, one that bridges the medical and social sciences. David M. Gregory is associate professor in the Faculty of Nursing, University of Manitoba. Cynthia K. Russell is assistant professor in the College of Nursing, University of Tennessee, Memphis.

Art Therapy And Cancer Care

(1994) suggest that having cancer is a 'livingdying' experience in which individuals are faced with the intolerable incompatibility of life and death. The creative potential of liminality is that it offers a 'potential space' ...

Art Therapy And Cancer Care

Art Therapy And Cancer Care

Inspired by the experiences of art therapists who have pioneered work with people with cancer, this text looks at the work in its institutional context, demonstrating the importance for the art therapy service of being understood, supported and valued atmanagerial level.

The Zen of Living and Dying

TWO DIFFERENT WAYS OF DYING Let me tell you about two people with whom I was acquainted who died in totally different ways; ... Then he suddenly, or so it seemed, came down with a particularly malignant form of bone cancer.

The Zen of Living and Dying

The Zen of Living and Dying

To live life fully and die serenely—surely we all share these goals, so inextricably entwined. Yet a spiritual dimension is too often lacking in the attitudes, circumstances, and rites of death in modern society. Kapleau explores the subject of death and dying on a deeply personal level, interweaving the writings of Western religions with insights from his own Zen practice, and offers practical advice for the dying and their families.

Managing Cancer and Living Meaningfully

The isolation was heightened by the perceived inability of others to understand the unique mental and physical landscape of the Land of the Living/ Dying. As one participant noted, “They start saying things like, 'Well, you know, ...

Managing Cancer and Living Meaningfully

Managing Cancer and Living Meaningfully

Managing Cancer and Living Meaningfully provides valuable insight into the experience of patients and families living with advanced cancer and describes a novel psychotherapeutic approach to help them live meaningfully, while also facing the threat of mortality. Managing Cancer and Living Meaningfully, also known by the acronym CALM, is a brief supportive-expressive intervention that can be delivered by a wide range of trained healthcare providers as part of cancer care or early palliative care. The authors provide an overview of the clinical experience and research that led to the development of CALM, a clear description of the intervention, and a manualized guide to aid in its delivery. Situated in the context of early palliative care, this text is destined to be become essential reading for healthcare professionals engaged in providing psychological support to patients and their families who face the practical and profound problems of advanced disease.

What Dying People Want

They asked specifically that I write a book for a general audience, and not only for my colleagues in the medical profession. This is the book that grew out of that research.” — Dr. David Kuhl

What Dying People Want

What Dying People Want

An internationally renowned palliative care physician offers guidance on living with a terminal illness. Based on research funded by the Soros Foundation and extensive interviews with dying people. A profound and practical book about living with a terminal illness over a long period of time. It offers guidance, solace, and helpful strategies for people who are terminally ill, their families and caregivers. Facing death results in more fear and anxiety than any other human experience. Western medicine has accomplished a great deal in addressing physical pain and controlling symptoms for people with a terminal illness, but much slower progress has been made in understanding and alleviating psychological and spiritual distress. In What Dying People Want, Dr. David Kuhl begins to bridge that gap. He does so by addressing end-of-life realities — physical, psychological and spiritual — through his own experiences as a doctor and through the words and experiences of people who know that they are dying. He presents ways of addressing the pain, of finding new life in the process of dying and of understanding the inner reality of living with a terminal illness. He acknowledges the despair and recognizes the desire for hope and meaning. Dr. Kuhl also makes the provocative case that insensitive communication by doctors creates more suffering for patients than either the illness or the knowledge of impending death, and offers both the dying and their caregivers guidance on preventing painful interactions. He provides ways of speaking about difficult topics with physicians, family members, friends and those who have a terminal illness. “This book started with a research question: What is the daily experience of living with a terminal illness? How does that experience affect your sense of self, your relationship with others, and your understanding of the spiritual? Many of those I interviewed asked me to share what they had given me with others who would follow — those with a terminal illness as well as their friends and family members who would care for them and about them. They asked specifically that I write a book for a general audience, and not only for my colleagues in the medical profession. This is the book that grew out of that research.” — Dr. David Kuhl

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