The Intimacy of Death and Dying: Simple Guidance to Help You Through (Google eBook)

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Allen & Unwin, 2009 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 264 pages
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When someone we love dies suddenly, or after a serious illness, we're often left wondering if we could have done more. How prepared are we to care for loved ones, talk to children about death, deal with the death of young and old, and honour someone's life?

In this uplifting book, filled with people's personal stories, the authors will inspire you with their warmth, wisdom and practical suggestions, as they share dozens of ways to make the death and dying of those you love everything you'd want it to be.

Authors Claire Leimbach, Trypheyna McShane and Zenith Virago draw on their work and experiences around death and dying to bring readers an extraordinarily compassionate, practical, inspiring guide to this momentous time in our lives.
  

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Contents

Talking about death
1
Losing my mother to cancer
3
Embracing death
10
Travelling across the world to be with my dying father
12
Choosing burial or cremation
17
Making my mothers last summer special
21
Getting the funeral organised
27
Caring for my dying father at home
31
When you dont have a body to grieve over
143
Never coming home from work
145
Workplace accidents
149
Losing my husband to suicide
152
When someone takes their own life
160
My teenage son died on the road
163
Unexpected outcomes
170
Losing our daughter to ecstasy
175

Dying at home
38
Losing my mother to Alzheimers
42
Dying in hospital or a hospice
49
The magic of a dying wish
53
Supporting someone with a terminal illness
61
Single but not alone
65
Putting together the ceremony
75
A brilliant ending
78
Taking care of the practical details
81
Till death do us party
85
Organising the wake
94
Caring for my exhusband
99
Caring for the carers
108
Losing a young father and husband
111
Helping our children with grief
124
Suddenly she was gone
129
Spending time with the body
134
Lost at sea
137
Supporting teenagers
183
Two babies one heartbeat
187
Death of little ones
191
My first baby dies at birth
195
Acknowledging grief
203
Losing my little son
207
Creativity in grief
213
My little boy sensed his death
218
Premonitions and insights
228
Its never too late
231
The gift of humour
234
Further reading
239
Helpful websites and contacts
242
Acknowledgements
245
About the authors
249
Back cover
251
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About the author (2009)

Claire Leimbach is an award-winning documentary maker and stills photographer. Trypheyna McShane, MApSci (Social Ecology), an award-winning ecological artist, has nursed a number of loved ones through dying. Zenith Virago, CNC, JP has been working and consulting extensively in the field of death and dying since the mid-90s.

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