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Product Details

  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: WingSpan Press (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595944419
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595944412
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 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: #343,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Liza C. Johnson, a native of Great Falls, Montana, is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in Huntington, New York. She recently published her first book, Take Me Home: Walking on Sacred Ground in the Last Stage of Life. You can listen to a recent radio interview of Liza on Tish PEARLMAN Host/Producer "OUT OF BOUNDS" NYSBA "Best Public Affairs Program Series" Award. Click on http://www.prx.org/series/31878-out-of-bounds-radio-show.

Caregivers of their elders face daily unsolvable and emotionally difficult challenges. Not only are there constant crises, accompanied by intense feelings, many times these crises push us beyond our normal coping mechanisms. Often the ways we usually get help are not helpful and then there is a large number of us who don't remember or feel we have the time to turn for help or support. Liza's book is a wise and loving guide for this daunting journey.

You will experience first hand the evolution of Liza's spiritual development as she cared for her mother. This evolution culminates in her discovery of a place within she calls the Inner Home. You too, will be able to discover your Inner Home just by reading the book. The last section of her book firms up the guide and use of the Inner Home through specific visual imagery, simple meditation and contemplative techniques and exercises. At last you will have a place within where you can feel peace in the midst of agony; access higher realms of wisdom when you do not know what to do; and a way to work through difficult feelings such as guilt, anger, or shame. When you enter into the experience of the Inner Home there is a feeling of rejuvenation, connection to inner sources of soothing, and a sense of feeling accompanied when there is nowhere to turn.

The advantage of knowing how to access the Inner Home can help caregivers to have some control over emotional 'reactions': for example, to be kind when we might feel angry; compassionate when we might be judgmental; patient when we might be fed up. The Inner Home is the experience of Being in the present moment where the 'preciousness of life attitude' can grace our suffering.

Liza is currently teaching the way in which care giving an elder or loved one is a rite of passage to the inner wisdom and strength that is unflappable like a lighthouse in a storm. When understood and guided in is this way, care giving is not just a sacrifice we make to a loved one. Care giving becomes an important journey of psychological development and spiritual evolution that benefits the caregiver.

Liza is a graduate of the Gestalt Center of Long Island, New York and the International Institute for Embodied Imagery and Dream Work. She has traveled to Iceland, South Africa, Brazil, Ecuador and France to study dreams and healing practices in other cultures. Liza is also a certified Clinical Meditation Teacher.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Genie on June 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Campfire Girl on August 12, 2011
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Percy on July 21, 2011
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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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