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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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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.
"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.