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Take Me Home: Walking on Sacred Ground in the Last Stage of Life Paperback – May 10, 2011

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  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: WingSpan Press (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595944419
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595944412
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,750,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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During a time in life which can feel so very alone and frightening, Liza Johnson extends her hand to the reader to offer wisdom, compassion, comfort, and a new vision in her book: Take Me Home: Walking on Sacred Ground in the Last Stage of Life. In a style which is so readable that I felt myself turning one page and then another and then another until I was almost finished with the book, Liza shares her vision of dealing with our elderly parents. Chapter titles like:" Dawn Magic," "The Accident," "The Jewelry Box,"" My Garden," and "The Red Buffalo" give you a hint of the flavor of the book. Rather than seeing those you care for as a burden (although this reality is certainly represented), she presents the idea that if you enter into this stage of life with openness, you can deepen your relationships,increase your ability to love, experience your spirituality, and reap gifts way beyond what you might have expected.
Liza begins with the personal memoir of her journey with her mother. It is filled with the everyday experiences of dealing with an aging parent yet the reader is introduced to a bigger picture through the unique way Liza shares her own process and writes about memories,nature, people, and spirituality.
The second section of the book consists of personal stories by caregivers. Each is different and yet organized into themes like: "The Last Stage of Life," "Waking up to Mortality: The Caregiver's Call to Face Death," Alzheimer's: Lost and Sometimes Found," and "Waking up to the Mystical."
The last section is called: "The Inner Home" and provides the reader with a method Liza developed to help find some place of peace during her struggles and discoveries with her mother.
This book is a jewel; a gift to the reader going through the sometimes excruciating and yet heart-deepening journey of caregiving. I highly, highly recommend it.
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One of the most important and relevant social topics of our time is dealing with aging parents and the emotional, physical and spiritual process it involves.
"Take Me Home' by Liza Johnson guided me through a time when I was faced with the overwhelming sadness, pain and helplessness of losing both of my parents. With recounts of her personal experiences in stories such as " the birch tree" she helped me to understand that a parent can still be a parent even if they have lost almost all their faculties. That dying and being there at a loved ones death can ultimately enrich the caregiver rather than deplete her. After death, feelings of pain and loss can be transformed ino memories of comfort and support such as in the chapters of "flowers and candy " and "free at last."
Her spirituality and her beautiful discriptions of nature encourages us to find peace in our natural surroundings.
This book is so raw and heartfelt. Ms. Johnson gives us all a gift to expose her most fragile, vulnerable emotion in a desire to help us search and fully understand our own.
Truely, a must read.
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By Claudia on November 13, 2011
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This is a wonderful book, so beautifully written as a memoir and a guide. I could hardly put it down. Ms. Johnson is a storyteller. She invites the reader into a community of those giving care to an aging parent with all the ups and downs. To know that there are others with similar problems, anguish, fears, and joys gives comfort and inspiration. Ms. Johnson transforms this experience with ideas and exercises that help care givers give care to themselves during stressful moments. She illuminates what we all ultimately face: loss and grief. Thinking of aging parents and loved ones, too, Ms. Johnson extends a hand and a hug with her thoughtfulness and her story.
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Liza's book was so insightful to me as my mother passed away just last year and Liza's book would have helped prepare me for what my family & I would be facing. I recently bought another book to send to a friend whose mother has Alzheimers and she was so thankful as the words and feelings reinforced what her family is going though and future decisions they will have to make.
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