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Lasting Words: A Guide to Finding Meaning Toward the Close of Life Paperback – March 20, 2014
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"Claire Willis has written a psychologically wise and spiritually evocative guide for patients coming to the end of their lives . . . she lays out a path for people to find peace, connection, and meaning in this difficult period of life." -- -- Susan Block, M.D., Chair, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care Dana Farber; Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Co-Director of the Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care
Lasting Words is a gift to all people facing the end of life, their loved ones and those that care for them. Whether dying, or accompanying those who are dying, this book is a simple, practical guide to a very profound journey. I strongly recommend this for patients, families, and professional caregivers. -- -- Christina Puchalski, M.D. M.S., Director and professor, George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health; Professor of Medicine and Health Sciences at George Washington University; Author of Time for Listening and Caring and Making Healthcare W
What a treasure this simple and profound book is to those nearing the end of their life as well as to pastors, rabbis, chaplains and others who accompany them in the process! -- -- Brita Gil Austern, Philip Guiles Professor of Psychology and Pastoral Theology, Andover Newton Theological School, Newton, MA
Lasting Words offers us a delicately crafted guide, providing strong, secure scaffolding for the journey of living while dying, dying while living. -- -- Reverend Julia Dunbar, M.Div, Director of Pastoral Care and Education, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
Claire Willis has written a psychologically wise and spiritually evocative guide for patients coming to the end of their lives . . . she lays out a path for people to find peace, connection, and meaning in this difficult period of life. -- -- Susan Block, M.D., Chair, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care Dana Farber; Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Co-Director of the Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care
About the Author
Claire B. Willis is a clinical social worker, an ordained lay Buddhist chaplain and a yoga teacher. In her private practice, she has spent over two decades working with oncology patients and with end-of-life issues. A co-founder of Facing Cancer Together: A Community of Hope, Claire is also an adjunct faculty member at the Andover Newton Theological School and a former group facilitator and instructor at The Wellness Community. She earned an M.A. from Episcopal Divinity School and a MSW at BU.
Marnie Crawford Samuelson is a documentary photographer and a radio and multimedia producer. Her photographs are featured in The Wild Braid, a collaboration with poets Stanley Kunitz and Genine Lentine. She directs and photographs short films. Her website is www.bostonpicturegroup.com.
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My wife had the chance to work with the author before dying this past year. As I sift through the legacy of my wife's writings in response to some of the prompts in this book, I feel so glad she had the time and determination to do this work, and to come to the insights that guided her through difficult days. And I feel so lucky to have her writings to give me guidance and solace in the days ahead. What a gift within this book!
The subject is close to my heart. I have lost two loved ones to cancer in the last decade and a half and know how important this writing and communication can be. When serious illness impacts your family, you want to have something to hold onto. It is a blessing to have something written by someone you've lost. It can offer solace through the most difficult moments of grieving and be a guide for moving forward while holding their memory.
Lasting Words gives families a means for healing and growth in the midst of painful loss.
Barbara Kleeman, Ed.d
The process of writing is a powerful one, and at a time when loss can take us on a near, head-on collision with defeat-- simply expressing the words, can be transforming. After reading this book, I found it enriched my understanding of the process of life, of death, and of all things impermanent. Lasting Words, is an incredible gift to be received.
Reverend Elizabeth Stookey
selection of poetry is brilliant, personal stories and reflections are sensitive and relevant, meditations are supportive and fulfilling. No matter what one's stage of life, it is a fine and enlightening read dusted with pearls of wisdom. But for those near the end of life, it is particularly significant..