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A Helping Handbook : When A Loved One Is Critically Ill Paperback – December 12, 2000


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Marco Press; 2000 Second Edition edition (December 12, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970909209
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970909206
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,265,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I've shared it with my hospital and hospice; all who've used it have found it to be a wonderful resource." -- Betty Ferrell PhD, FAAN, Research Scientist, City of Hope Medical Center

"Not only do patients in crisis move into ICU, their families do too. This powerful tool guides..." -- Katherine Brown-Saltzman, Clinical Nurse Specialist, UCLA Medical Center

"This valuable tool helps sort out the feelings too difficult to share, but writing them down brings understanding and healing." -- Les Zendle, M.D., Associate Medical Director, Southern California Permanente Medical Group

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Kaiser Permanente of Southern Caifornia bought 1,000 copies to give away to families dealing with critical illness. Clearly there is a need for this intimate workbook.

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I have given this book to hospice workers, patients and family.
C. DEPUY
Into this stark reality comes the gentle, encouraging and hopeful messages of A Helping Hand Book by Stephanie Waxman.
M. Schmitz, RN, Ph.D.
This book will help anybody in this common situation to get through what can be a deeply painful time.
okeedokee

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Novak on May 14, 2001
Format: Paperback
When my friend was diagnosed with colon cancer and was hospitalized, I was at a loss for dealing with the experience. Although I have dealt with illness, her protracted bouts of surgery and chemo were overwhelming to me. The Helping Handbook captured my feelings of helplessness and the inevitable anger at doctors and hospitals, while providing recommendations on what to do. By writing my thoughts in the book, I selected possible actions I could take with the doctor and regrets I could express to my friend. Although I searched book stores, I have never seen another book so useful and compassionate for this situation. Stephanie Waxman's writing is comforting to read, like getting advice from a good friend. Her father must have been an exceptional person -- his poetry captured the feelings I was experiencing during this trying time. Now that my friend is doing better, I have time to send friends copies of this book in their time of need. Ms. Waxman has provided a outstanding and insightful book about dealing with critically ill loved ones.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve Wolf, PhD on October 10, 2011
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I heartily recommend "A HELPING HANDBOOK when a loved one is critically ill" as an invaluable resource for all of us who have, are presently or will tend for a loved one during their final days, weeks, months or even years.
Tending to the care of an ill or dying loved one, inevitably evokes strong emotions in the heart and mind of the care giver. We might feel angry toward people or over circumstances we can't control. We may experience fears we are unwilling to share or regrets and hoped for outcomes we feel ashamed to voice. We, as Care Givers, also have our own emotional needs evoked by memories as well as by present day challenges.
While Stephanie Waxman poetically shares her inner journey caring for her father at the end of his life, she extends a helping hand, welcoming and guiding us to actively explore inevitable emotional challenges we all experience when tending to the needs of those special ones in our lives. I encourage you to explore "A helping HANDBOOK when a loved one is critically ill" when it's your turn to serve.
Steve Wolf, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Co-Author of Romancing the Shadow, A Guide to Soul Work for a Vital Authentic Life".
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Waxman's humble title, "A Helping Handbook . . ." would be more aptly titled "A Guide to Staying Sane, Present and Kind in Impossible, Hurtful and Complicated Circumstances . . . "

Waxman wrote "Handbook..." either during her father's passing or shortly thereafter. She offers gentle guidance about things one might be feeling, dealing with or avoiding and offers ways to express, face and/or clarify those feelings for oneself or others (including health care staff). She takes the reader through a number of exercises, things one can choose from to fit the circumstances, things that one may never have considered or may never have thought about in a particular way until reading Waxman's words. She offers roadmaps and remedies for these messy complexities in a most straight forward and unobtrusive way, with a wisdom that includes all persons who may be involved in the situation. "Handbook . . ." is a deceptively simple piece which holds all the facets of human interaction at a unique time of crisis, loss and grace.
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This book is amazing! Speaking as both a family member of a critically ill loved one AND a clinical social worker//social work professor-- This is the most helpful tool I have come across in over 15 years in geriatric social work. During those awful times of waiting and sitting with the unknown this handbook is incredibly helpful, honest, and reassuring.
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I came across A Helping Handbook -- When A Loved One is Critically Ill while looking for a tool to help my mom and her sisters cope with my grandmother's passing. My mom and aunts love each other tremendously, but they are not, and have never been, a family inclined to "talk it out." Even when my grandma was thriving and vibrant, sharing painful emotions felt awkward and, sometimes, even inappropriate. That reservedness was amplified by the extremely complicated and confusing feelings that came with my grandmother's rapid decline. A Helping Handbook gave them permission to express themselves, and created a private space to articulate their feelings. Ultimately, A Helping Handbook provided a common language and reference point for communicating with, and supporting, each other. My family and I are deeply grateful to Ms. Waxman and her father, Stanley J. Waxman, for their courageous, inspiring, and healing words.
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By okeedokee on November 21, 2011
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This is a great little book that will bring comfort and calm to anyone who reads it. It is beautifully and simply written and graphically it is a pleasure to read. This book will help anybody in this common situation to get through what can be a deeply painful time.
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