Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death

Author: Joan Halifax

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834821743

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 224

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The Buddhist approach to death can be of great benefit to people of all backgrounds—as has been demonstrated time and again in Joan Halifax’s decades of work with the dying and their caregivers. Inspired by traditional Buddhist teachings, her work is a source of wisdom for all those who are charged with a dying person’s care, facing their own death, or wishing to explore and contemplate the transformative power of the dying process. Her teachings affirm that we can open and contact our inner strength, and that we can help others who are suffering to do the same.
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Author: Stanislav Grof,Joan Halifax

Publisher: Klett-Cotta

ISBN: 9783608942989

Category:

Page: 274

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Welche Erwartungen haben wir, welche Erfahrungen machen wir angesichts des Todes? Wie können uns die Erfahrungen anderer helfen, mit unserem eigenen Tod fertigzuwerden? Stanislav Grof und Joan Halifax haben an einem amerikanischen Krankenhaus die Wirkungsweise von LSD bei unheilbar Krebskranken beobachtet. Die psychedelische Therapie ermöglichte es den Sterbenden, die letzte Zeit ihres Lebens gefaßt, mit einer Art spiritueller Neugier und oft auch schmerzfrei zu erleben.
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Weisheit, Staunen, Großzügigkeit – Was uns wirklich weiter bringt

Author: Arianna Huffington

Publisher: Riemann Verlag

ISBN: 3641143446

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

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Erfolg ist mehr als Geld und Macht. Warum Geld und Macht als Erfolgsfaktoren ausgedient haben. Wenn wir langfristig erfolgreich sein wollen, müssen wir das Konzept »Erfolg« neu definieren. Arianna Huffington, Mitbegründerin der Huffington Post, einem der am schnellsten wachsenden Medienunternehmen der Welt, zeigt: Zu lange haben wir Erfolg anhand der Kriterien Geld und Macht definiert – die Folgen sind epidemische Wachstumsraten von stressbedingten Erkrankungen. Arianna Huffington stellt den »dritten Weg« vor, dessen Erfolgsquotient auf Wohlbefinden, Weisheit, Staunen und Großzügigkeit beruht. Sie zieht die neuesten Erkenntnisse der Wissenschaft heran, um darzulegen, was heute nottut: nichts weniger als eine Revolution unserer Kultur, unseres Denkens, unserer Arbeit und unserer Lebensweise.
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An Introduction for Caregivers

Author: Natalie Kertes Weaver

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136163158

Category: Religion

Page: 128

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This book offers a theological foundation for engaging with the realities of suffering and dying. Designed particularly for practical theology students and trainee caregivers, it introduces the spiritual and theological issues raised by suffering and dying. The chapters consider: how Christian theology deals with the problem of suffering and how the Bible treats these difficult issues post-biblical interpretations of Jesus’ suffering and the Cross modern instances including ecology, poverty, discrimination and war comparative religious approaches and the depiction in popular culture. Natalie Weaver relates theology to practical issues of caregiving and provides a ‘toolbox’ for thinking about suffering and death in a creative and supportive way.
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Author: Irene Renzenbrink

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199590400

Category: Medical

Page: 203

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The need for renewal and support for those who care for seriously ill, dying, and bereaved people has been acknowledged from the very beginning of the hospice and palliative care movement. While often referring to the rewards and satisfactions of the work, Dame Cicely Saunders was the -first to acknowledge that helping encounters with dying patients and distressed relatives could be a source of anguish and grief for dedicated and compassionate carers. Caregiver Stress and Staff Support in Illness, Dying, and Bereavement discusses the challenge of finding a balance between the support needs of patients, families, and staff and the resources available. With contributions from practitioners and researchers from around the world, this book recognizes that palliative care today is being provided in many different settings and that there may be wide variations in the way individuals and organizations identify and manage the stressors that arise through the work. This unique collection of international perspectives on the complexities and management of caregiver stress and staff support builds on the firm foundation Mary Vachon built over thirty years ago in her studies, yet broadens the scope to include significant social, political, and cultural variations on the theme.
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Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience, Meditation, and Philosophy

Author: Evan Thompson

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231538316

Category: Religion

Page: 480

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A renowned philosopher of the mind, also known for his groundbreaking work on Buddhism and cognitive science, Evan Thompson combines the latest neuroscience research on sleep, dreaming, and meditation with Indian and Western philosophy of mind, casting new light on the self and its relation to the brain. Thompson shows how the self is a changing process, not a static thing. When we are awake we identify with our body, but if we let our mind wander or daydream, we project a mentally imagined self into the remembered past or anticipated future. As we fall asleep, the impression of being a bounded self distinct from the world dissolves, but the self reappears in the dream state. If we have a lucid dream, we no longer identify only with the self within the dream. Our sense of self now includes our dreaming self, the "I" as dreamer. Finally, as we meditate—either in the waking state or in a lucid dream—we can observe whatever images or thoughts arise and how we tend to identify with them as "me." We can also experience sheer awareness itself, distinct from the changing contents that make up our image of the self. Contemplative traditions say that we can learn to let go of the self, so that when we die we can witness its dissolution with equanimity. Thompson weaves together neuroscience, philosophy, and personal narrative to depict these transformations, adding uncommon depth to life's profound questions. Contemplative experience comes to illuminate scientific findings, and scientific evidence enriches the vast knowledge acquired by contemplatives.
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The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder

Author: Arianna Huffington

Publisher: Harmony

ISBN: 0804140855

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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In Thrive, Arianna Huffington makes an impassioned and compelling case for the need to redefine what it means to be successful in today's world. Arianna Huffington's personal wake-up call came in the form of a broken cheekbone and a nasty gash over her eye--the result of a fall brought on by exhaustion and lack of sleep. As the cofounder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group--one of the fastest growing media companies in the world--celebrated as one of the world's most influential women, and gracing the covers of magazines, she was, by any traditional measure, extraordinarily successful. Yet as she found herself going from brain MRI to CAT scan to echocardiogram, to find out if there was any underlying medical problem beyond exhaustion, she wondered is this really what success feels like? As more and more people are coming to realize, there is far more to living a truly successful life than just earning a bigger salary and capturing a corner office. Our relentless pursuit of the two traditional metrics of success--money and power--has led to an epidemic of burnout and stress-related illnesses, and an erosion in the quality of our relationships, family life, and, ironically, our careers. In being connected to the world 24/7, we're losing our connection to what truly matters. Our current definition of success is, as Thrive shows, literally killing us. We need a new way forward. In a commencement address Arianna gave at Smith College in the spring of 2013, she likened our drive for money and power to two legs of a three-legged stool. They may hold us up temporarily, but sooner or later we're going to topple over. We need a third leg--a third metric for defining success--to truly thrive. That third metric, she writes in Thrive, includes our well-being, our ability to draw on our intuition and inner wisdom, our sense of wonder, and our capacity for compassion and giving. As Arianna points out, our eulogies celebrate our lives very differently from the way society defines success. They don't commemorate our long hours in the office, our promotions, or our sterling PowerPoint presentations as we relentlessly raced to climb up the career ladder. They are not about our resumes--they are about cherished memories, shared adventures, small kindnesses and acts of generosity, lifelong passions, and the things that made us laugh. In this deeply personal book, Arianna talks candidly about her own challenges with managing time and prioritizing the demands of a career and raising two daughters--of juggling business deadlines and family crises, a harried dance that led to her collapse and to her "aha moment." Drawing on the latest groundbreaking research and scientific findings in the fields of psychology, sports, sleep, and physiology that show the profound and transformative effects of meditation, mindfulness, unplugging, and giving, Arianna shows us the way to a revolution in our culture, our thinking, our workplace, and our lives.
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Author: Nancy A. Pachana,Ken Laidlaw

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191029106

Category: Psychology

Page: 600

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Throughout the world, the population of older adults continues to grow. The rise in geriatric populations has seen an increase in research on clinical diagnostic, assessment, and treatment issues aimed at this population. Clinical geropsychologists have increased their interest both in providing mental health services as well as developing approaches to improve quality of life for all older adults. The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Geropsychology is a landmark publication in this field, providing broad and authoritative coverage of the research and practice issues in clinical geropsychology today, as well as innovations expanding the field's horizons. Comprising chapters from the foremost scholars in clinical geropsychology from around the world, the handbook captures the global proliferation of activity in this field. In addition to core sections on topics such as sources of psychological distress, assessment, diagnosis, and intervention, the handbook includes valuable chapters devoted to methodological issues such as longitudinal studies and meta-analyses in the field, as well as new and emerging issues such as technological innovations and social media use in older populations. Each chapter offers a review of the most pertinent international literature, outlining current issues as well as important cultural implications and key practice issues where relevant, and identifying possibilities for future research and policy applications. The book is essential to all psychology researchers, practitioners, educators, and students with an interest in the mental health of older adults. In addition, health professionals - including psychiatrists, social workers, mental health nurses, and trainee geriatric mental heatlh workers - will find this a invaluable resource. Older adults comprise a growing percentage of the population worldwide. Clinical psychologists with an interest in older populations have increased the amount of research and applied knowledge about effectively improving mental health later in life, and this book captures that information on an international level. The book addresses how to diagnose, assess and treat mental illness in older persons, as well as ways to improve quality of life in all older persons. It has a great breadth of coverage of the area, including chapters spanning how research is conducted to how new technologies such as virtual reality and social media are used with older people to improve mental health. The book would appeal to all psychology researchers, practitioners, educators and students with an interest in the mental health of older adults. It would also appeal to other health professionals, including psychiatrists, social workers, and mental health nurses who work with older people. It is a valuable resource for trainee geriatric mental health workers because it highlights key readings and important practice implications in the field.
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Author: Susan Gubar

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393084280

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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A 2012 New York Times Book Review Notable Book "Staggering, searing…Ms. Gubar deserves the highest admiration for her bravery and honesty." —New York Times Diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2008, Susan Gubar underwent radical debulking surgery, an attempt to excise the cancer by removing part or all of many organs in the lower abdomen. Her memoir mines the deepest levels of anguish and devotion as she struggles to come to terms with her body’s betrayal and the frightful protocols of contemporary medicine. She finds solace in the abiding love of her husband, children, and friends while she searches for understanding in works of literature, visual art, and the testimonies of others who suffer with various forms of cancer. Ovarian cancer remains an incurable disease for most of those diagnosed, even those lucky enough to find caring and skilled physicians. Memoir of a Debulked Woman is both a polemic against the ineffectual and injurious medical responses to which thousands of women are subjected and a meditation on the gifts of companionship, art, and literature that sustain people in need.
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And How I Learnt a Few New Steps

Author: Diana Brueton

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 1782792163

Category: Self-Help

Page: 254

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Diana had never been ill and on diagnosis she stepped into a parallel world of waiting rooms, treatments, friends and family who supported - or fled - as life became both exquisitely precious and terrible. Dancing with Cancer is a human drama, a ride on the roller coaster of hope and despair and, as the gradients became gentler, a journey through meditation and creativity to wisdom and acceptance.
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Author: Janet L. Abrahm

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 142141404X

Category: Medical

Page: 664

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This comprehensive guide to managing pain and other symptoms for people with cancer has helped tens of thousands of patients and families. Designed for busy practicing clinicians, A Physician's Guide to Pain and Symptom Management in Cancer Patients provides primary care physicians, advanced practice nurses, internists, and oncologists with detailed information and advice for alleviating the stress and pain of patients and family members alike. Drawing on the work of experts who have developed revolutionary approaches to symptom management and palliative care, as well as on the lessons learned from patients and their families during her thirty years as a teacher and clinician, Dr. Janet L. Abrahm shows how physicians and other caregivers can help patients and families heal emotionally even as the disease progresses. The third edition includes updates to medications and clinical stories, and features two new chapters: "Working with Patients’ Families" and "Sexuality, Intimacy, and Cancer." New lessons from palliative care and hospice care can help patients, their professional caregivers, and their families support each other every step of the way.
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Author: Emily Rapp Black

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101605855

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

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Like all mothers, Emily Rapp had ambitious plans for her first and only child, Ronan. He would be smart, loyal, physically fearless, and level-headed, but fun. He would be good at crossword puzzles like his father. He would be an avid skier like his mother. Rapp would speak to him in foreign languages and give him the best education. But all of these plans changed when Ronan was diagnosed at nine months old with Tay-Sachs disease, a rare and always-fatal degenerative disorder. Ronan was not expected to live beyond the age of three; he would be permanently stalled at a developmental level of six months. Rapp and her husband were forced to re-evaluate everything they thought they knew about parenting. They would have to learn to live with their child in the moment; to find happiness in the midst of sorrow; to parent without a future. The Still Point of the Turning World is the story of a mother’s journey through grief and beyond it. Rapp’s response to her son’s diagnosis was a belief that she needed to “make my world big”—to make sense of her family’s situation through art, literature, philosophy, theology and myth. Drawing on a broad range of thinkers and writers, from C.S. Lewis to Sylvia Plath, Hegel to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Rapp learns what wisdom there is to be gained from parenting a terminally ill child. In luminous, exquisitely moving prose she re-examines our most fundamental assumptions about what it means to be a good parent, to be a success, and to live a meaningful life.
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The Buddhist Review

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Buddhism

Page: N.A

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Was uns ein Kater über das Leben und das Sterben lehrt

Author: Dr. David Dosa

Publisher: Droemer eBook

ISBN: 342655853X

Category: Self-Help

Page: 256

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Wenn sich Oscar, der Stationskater, zu einem Patienten auf das Bett legt, dann wissen Doktor Dosa und die Schwestern des Pflegeheims, dass es so weit ist. Denn Oscar spürt, wann ein Mensch sterben wird. Schnurrend schmiegt er sich an ihn – und bleibt bis zum letzten Atemzug. Oscar gibt Sterbenden, was ihnen von den Menschen oft verwehrt wird: tröstenden Beistand am Lebensende.
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Author: Stephen J. McPhee,Margaret A. Winker,Michael W. Rabow,Steven Z. Pantilat,Amy J. Markowitz

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 9780071637961

Category: Medical

Page: 608

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The world's leading source of evidence-based guidance on caring for patients at the end of life. Featuirng the content of the world's most widely read medical journal, plus completely new, never-before-published content. Perfect for medical students, trainees, and clinicians alike. Market / Audience Medical students: 18000/yr US, 250,000 global NP and PA students: 25,000/yr US, 50,000+ global IM and FP residents: 30,000 US, 60,000 global IM and FP clinicians: 140,000 US, 300,000+ global Palliative medicine: 3000 US Oncology: 20,000 US, 60,000 global Social workers About the Book In the tradition of the User's Guides to the Medical Literature, and The Rational Clinical Examination, JAMA/Care at the Close of Life is based on a widely successful series of articles appearing over the course of the last ten years in JAMA, the world's most widely read medical journal. The series is directed by Stephen McPhee, a leading authoriity of end of life care, and the chief editor of our market leading Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment text. The articles in the series cover fundamental topics and challenges in caring for patients who have been given a terminal diagnosis. Featuring a strong focus on evidence-based medicine, and organized by clinical cases, the articles are widely read by faculty, medical students, and clinicians who, frankly, have not been given a solid educational experience on this very important medical issue. The book will be physically modeled after The Rational Clinical Examination, in a full color format that highlights the clinical cases. It will be well suited for use as an required or recommended textbook for medical, PA, and NO students, and as a clinical reference text for trainees and practicing physicians and nurses. Key Selling Features Based on highy regarded content from the world's most widely read medical journal All content is completely updated, and extensive new, never-before-published content has been added Case-based, and evidence-based, so its a perfect fit for the way medical students and residents like to learn Focuses on practical, real-world issues for primary care physicians, and avoids esoteric issues of interest only to specialists in palliative care Full color format, modeled after the highly regarded Rational Clinical Examination Includes multimedia materials available on line: Power Point slides for teaching, and video interviews with patients in end-of-life care, so that faculty and students get supplemental resources for learning the art and science of care at the end of life Evidence-based guidance from the world's leading medical journal, on a critical topic that has been neglected in medical education and training until recently. Author Profile JAMA is the world's most widely read medical journal, and has a reputation for excellence in evidence-based medicine. Stephen McPhee has high visbility on account of his editorship of CMDT, and for his driving role in enhancing end of life care in medical education and training programs. He is: Professor of Medicine, UCSF School of Medicine, San Francisco CA
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100,000 Prayers of Compassion

Author: Ken Ballard,Joan Halifax,Tom Kenyon

Publisher: Council Oaks Distribution

ISBN: 9781571782182

Category: Religion

Page: 146

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In "Tibet: 100,000 Prayers of Compassion" Ken Ballard takes us on a pictorial journey through Tibet - the Tibet of Marpa, Milarepa and Padmasambhava; the Tibet of our deepest spiritual yearnings and the Tibet of today undergoing the pain of repression. These portraits carry the power of compassionate prayer.
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