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Somewhere In Between: The Hokey Pokey, Chocolate Cake and The Shared Death Experience Kindle Edition
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Lizzy opens up her spiritual thoughts and experiences of being a hospice nurse and also those private thoughts of being at the bedside of dying family members as they make the transition from this reality and to the next.
It's a book that can easily be read in one sitting.
What have you got to lose?
At 99 cents it's probably the best gamble you can take.
Although I wouldn't wait too long, because it might be worth pondering before your number comes up ;-)
I agree with the people who told the author that it takes a special person, and I know from talking to her and reading her book that Lizzy is a very special person, and this is a very special book.
Like most of us, I have extreme problems with death. I couldn’t do her job, not could I write so positively and lovingly about the dying people she encountered every so often. Nor could I be so open about my feelings. Nor do I know anyone else who could be so positive, open, and loving.
Her Shared Death Experience with her Aunt Jerry is completely different from anything I have read or experienced. I’m like her uncle: “My uncle was, and has always been, a very orderly and precise man.” But Lizzy makes a valid point: “The dying process, however, is anything but orderly and precise.”
One story shows a side to dying that I could never envisage. It occurred when her Aunt was dying.
“One time when my uncle left for a few hours, he put Jerri Lynn in charge. She turned to her mom (my aunt) and said, “Dad‟s gone, now we can dance!” As she said that, she made a big sweeping gesture with her arm and I asked her if she was doing the “Hokey Pokey.” Since my aunt had been in and out and up and down so many times over the past few weeks, we felt somehow as if it was a great metaphor for her transition.
“Jerri Lynn started it with her right arm. You put your right arm in, you put your right arm out. We made it through several body parts before the aides walked in the room. They were quite surprised when they saw us doing the “Hokey Pokey,” but I think it was good for them. One of them even joined us for a few rounds, albeit reluctantly. Jerri Lynn and I tried to keep the energy the way my aunt would have wanted it. She always had a smile on her face. She loved to giggle. What better way to honor her than to do the “Hokey Pokey” with her?”
Her book made me realize that – despite being 79 years old and losing my parents and many relatives and friends – I know nothing about dying. It scares me so much that I have never even tried to understand it.
If you’re like me, here’s a chance to get an unusual education into a central fact of humanity. Buy this beautifully written book. You’ll be glad you did.
Alan N. Schoonmaker, Ph.D.
If you are expecting a full book that is well tied together, this isn't it. This has one fairly long essay on her first experience of feeling the thoughts and pain of a dying person. And a few shorter essays with similar experiences. I do like the way she portrays death as something to be honored and lived with and not hiding it away or trivializing it.
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