Dying Made Easy(er): Creating Your Happy Ending by Myra Bennett
Category: Adult non-fiction (18 +), 270 pages
Genre: Self help | Tour dates: Sept 16 to Sept 27, 2019
Publisher: Balboa Press | Release date: June 2019
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (My book discusses death and dying)
Stories of American prowess in technology and medicine abound. And while these achievements have extended the lives of patients, they have not always extended the quality of those lives. As the older population in America skyrockets, more and more people who have received a terminal diagnosis, as well as those who love them, must grapple with the devastating decision of how they will forestall--or face--death. In Dying Made Easy(er) by Myra Bennett, we are guided through the diverse phases and considerations of the end of life by an experienced traveler who's spent many hours "as a guest in the sacred place of the dying." Bennett, a hospice nurse and certified end of life doula, who has also grappled with death in her personal life, invites us to contemplate dying from many different angles: legal, social, physical, psychological, and spiritual. Her Dying Made Easy(er) is both a handbook of pertinent information and a medley of informed suggestions for us to consider when experiencing or sharing the phenomenon that is the end of life. Bennett believes it is imperative that we--as a community--are aware of how to find help when faced with death and dying. In Dying Made Easy(er), she provides the resources to address this pressing need.
Bennett, who is the co-founder of Compassionate Crossings in Sacramento, has seen it all. She's witnessed the dying process unfold in beautiful ways, with gifts for all involved, and she's seen it devolve into a series of anguished mishaps that leave the family praying for an early transition. As there are no opportunities for rehearsals or do-overs, Bennett is committed to helping us better understand dying as the last--but not the least--chapter of life, and to helping us dream what this chapter might look like. In her warm and wise book, we learn how to turn this dream into a personal reality that will meet not only our deep-felt needs and desires but also those of our family and loved ones.
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REVIEW by LAWonder10:
This very interesting non-fiction book is a powerhouse of information in preparation in preparing for, and aiding in the aftereffects, of ones last days of this life.
The author explains the availability and details of Hospice and Palliative Care.
Do you know the terms MAID or EOLD? Discover their meaning and importance within the pages of this book.
What services are available in your area (Both Profit and Non-profit)?
After the painful death of her husband, the author has researched and become an expert, in both, the preparation for ones future demise and for the final days. She suggests many options most are not aware of and the importance of addressing this in early adult life. It will, indeed, make it easier on loved ones and for ones comfort and ease of mind in final days.
Many fail to seek out this information due to lack of education on the topic of dying, fear of dying, being in denial that one will actually have too face this.
The end of one's life will come and being prepared will make it easier on those left behind and on probable need of it when one cannot coherently address it when needed.
This book is of great worth to ones facing this issue but is even a more valuable tool in preparation for easing the trauma dying has on oneself and ones loved ones.
After each chapter, the author has dedicated one page to make notes or add personal thoughts.
This book is highly recommended to all adults, in all "walks of life".
The book cover is appealing and the title fits perfectly.
I offer a Five Stars rating.
*This book was gifted me with no requirement for a positive review. This is my honest review.
DO YOU WANT A DOULA? By Myra Bennett
If you must take a journey--a journey you have not chosen and to a place you have never been, do you imagine that having a knowledgeable and compassionate guide would make the experience more successful, more pleasant… and a lot less frightening?
From what archeologists have discovered in ancient burial sites, we are certain that as far back as 60,000 years, humans have assisted with the afterlife care of others. So if this is true, it is likely that they also assisted with the care of the dying before death as well. Most cultures--and particularly many indigenous peoples have long practices of assisting the family of the dying person. Unfortunately--in the 20th century--our nation began calling death a medical condition and people started dying in hospitals, with more medical care and less love.
Saying goodbye to loved ones--forever--is hard, painful and, most of all, frightening. No one should do so without being surrounded by love in the comfort of their own home environment...and without the compassionate guidance and support of a knowledgeable and caring guide.
Fortunately, there is a new care provider in the field of death and dying that goes by the title of end of life doula. This person specializes in all matters regarding dying and provides emotional, physical and spiritual support to all those involved.
When the choice is made to die at home--with or without hospice services--there is an opportunity to allow what life and nature calls us all to do, without unnatural human intervention. Unlike dying in the hospital--where death is considered a medical failure--when a person dies at home, the natural event occurs in a more holistic manner. The doula is there for the entire family, whenever there is a need.
The end of life doula can be helpful in many ways. She acts as a hands on teacher for family caregivers--teaching the signs of dying and demonstrating bed care and comfort measures--often reinforcing what is taught by hospice.
And although a doula is not a medical provider, most have come from long careers in medical fields such as nursing. They can be a valuable partner to hospice and a voice for the patient and family.
The final days on planet Earth can be as meaningful as every other chapter, filled with what we value most, shared with those we love. Envisioning and planning our end of life assures a better experience for all involved, and arranging the care and support of a doula assures greater success and less complications for everyone.
MYRA BENNETT Author of 'DYING MADE EASY(ER)'
Meet the author: Myra has been a student of death and dying since she experienced the loss of her husband in 2001. The years that would follow saw the loss of many friends and family as well, which gave her life experiences she would later use to care for patients as a hospice nurse at a large national hospice agency.
Today Myra is a certified end of life doula at Compassionate Crossings in Sacramento where she not only guides and supports terminally ill persons and their families, she also speaks and educates on all subjects related to death and dying.
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