Chronic illness is a type of loss. Depending on your condition and its course, you may be confronted with physical limitations, financial struggles, relationship challenges, and much more. Your hoped-for future may feel stolen from you. In addition to good physical care, acknowledging and working through your normal, necessary grief along the way is essential to living well with chronic illness. Mourning is important self-care. The 100 tips, affirmations, and simple activities in this book will help you attune to and express your feelings each day. They will support you in living your best life physically, cognitively, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. To mourn well is to clear the way for living well. Let's get started.
Navigating the challenging journey that families and friends of Alzheimer’s patients must endure, this heartfelt guide reveals how their struggle is as complex and drawn out as the illness itself. Confronting their natural but difficult process of grieving and mourning, the study covers the inevitable feelings of shock, sadness, anger, guilt, and relief, illustrating the initial reactions people commonly feel from the moment of the dementia’s onset. Healthy and productive ways to acknowledge and express these feelings are suggested along with 100 tips and activities that fulfill the emotional, spiritual, cognitive, physical, and social needs of those who care about someone afflicted with this debilitating disease. Special consideration is also shown for caregivers, whose grief is often complicated by the demanding physical attention that patients require.
Getting older goes hand in hand with losses of many kinds—ending careers, empty nests, illness, the deaths of loved ones—and this book by one of the world's most beloved grief experts helps one acknowledge and mourn the many losses of aging while also offering advice for living better in old age. The 100 practical tips and activities address the emotional, spiritual, cognitive, social, and physical needs of seniors who want to age authentically and gracefully, and each idea also includes a seize-the-day action to live fully and with joy in the present moment. For those who’ve just entered their 50s or are well on their way to the century mark, this book promises elder-friendly tips for comfort, laughter, and inspiration.
Progressive, untreatable nerve and muscle diseases transformed the author's life from having been a college athlete to needing a wheelchair and special equipment for day-to-day activities. While dealing with his own conditions, he was faced with the unique challenge of being the sole caregiver for his wife who suffers from Alzheimer's disease. He has written this experience-based book to help people with life-altering medical conditions and those dealing with challenging caregiving responsibilities. Comprehensive in scope, it covers topics including grief, finances, safety and end-of-life planning. This is a resource book containing many references aimed at helping the reader overcome their challenges, maintain their independence and have happy, fulfilling lives.
Free Yourself from Trauma & Chronic Health Challenges Join renowned spiritual healer Cyndi Dale as she shares groundbreaking techniques for resolving challenging energetic and spiritual issues. Trauma and pain caused by environmental, physical, psychological, electronic, and spiritual forces can have major effects on every aspect of your life. This book includes dozens of subtle-energy healing methods and five flip-to reference guides as well as personal assessment questionnaires to help you gain the power you need to heal from trauma. Within these pages, Cyndi explores her powerful spirit-to-spirit healing modality and hands-on exercises for: Working with the Six Vital Forces • Aligning with Spirit Guides • Awakening the Vagus Nerve • Activating the Chakras • Locating Hidden Inner Wounds • Releasing Negative Energies • Cleansing the Auric Field • Harmonizing the Infra-Low Brainwave • Charging with Colors • Creating Love with Tones • Healing Streams of Grace • Achieving the Theta State You will also discover the contemporary research on the effects of trauma on epigenetics, transgenerational inheritance, and mast cells. Combining insights from mainstream science, psychology, and subtle healing modalities, this book provides a truly holistic approach to recovery.
These 101 inspirational, compassionate, and empowering stories will help you cope with loss, regain your strength, and find joy in life again. You deserve loving support in your time of need, because it hurts—a lot. It helps to read stories from other people who have been through the same thing and who are passing on their advice and best tips. Losing a loved one, whether a child, a spouse, a parent or grandparent, a sibling, a friend, a pet… it’s a process you have to work through. The same goes for losing the future you thought you had due to chronic illness. And with these 101 stories you’ll find people just like you sharing what worked for them and helped them continue living, loving, and even laughing. You don’t have to feel alone. Think of this as your portable support group, with 101 new friends who care about your situation and understand what you’re going through. Chicken Soup for the Soul books are 100% made in the USA and each book includes stories from as diverse a group of writers as possible. Chicken Soup for the Soul solicits and publishes stories from the LGBTQ community and from people of all ethnicities, nationalities, and religions.
Teens!! It isn't fair that you have depression or bipolar disorder. You can continue along the same path, but chances are, if someone gave you this workbook, that path isn't the best. Working through these pages will help you understand what the heck everyone is talking about. You might even see some of your behaviors and thoughts. It has practical suggestions to help you cope. What does it hurt to try? Ultimately, it is your choice to work through the issues. But, it's kinda nice to see that you aren't the only one to have these crazy thoughts.
Today, more than ever, people are taking charge of their health, and want to know about effective alternative treatments in order to heal themselves and avoid costly medical procedures. Dr. Goliszek provides easy-to-follow directions you need to harness the healing power that exists within your own brain. Mind-Body Health and Healing shows how to use the power of the mind-body connection to not only relieve stress, but to prevent disease and strengthen the immune responses that trigger healing. Brimming with expert guidance, practical tips, new scientific breakthroughs, and the latest research findings, this book will forever change the way you approach your health. Andrew Goliszek, PhD, is an associate professor of anatomy and physiology at North Carolina A&T State University. During the past twenty-five years, he has been both principal investigator and co-investigator on several National Institutes of Health biomedical grants. Goliszek is a recipient of the prestigious College of Arts & Sciences Faculty of the Year Award. He is the author of two previous books: 60 Second Stress Management (New Horizon Press, 1993 and 2004) and In the Name of Science (St. Martin's Press, 2003).
Loss and consequent grief permeates nearly every life changing event, from death to health concerns to dislocation to relationship breakdown to betrayal to natural disaster to faith issues. Yet, while we know about particular events of loss independently, we know very little about a psychology of loss that draws many adversities together. This universal experience of loss as a concept in its own right sheds light on so much of the work we do in the care of others. This book develops a new overarching framework to understand loss and grief, taking into account both pathological and wellbeing approaches to the subject. Drawing on international and cross-disciplinary research, Judith Murray highlights nine common themes of loss, helping us to understand how it is experienced. These themes are then used to develop a practice framework for structuring assessment and intervention systematically. Throughout the book, this generic approach is highlighted through discussing its use in different loss events such as bereavement, trauma, chronic illness and with children or older people. Having been used in areas as diverse as child protection, palliative care and refugee care, the framework can be tailored to a range of needs and levels of care. Caring for people experiencing loss is an integral part of the work of helping professions, whether it is explicitly part of their work such as in counselling, or implicit as in social work, nursing, teaching, medicine and community work. This text is an important guide for anyone working in these areas.
"…excellent…" -- Choices - Choice on Dying Newsletter "Toombs, Barnard, and Carson have organized and edited a valuable series of papers that provide a rare perspective on the impact of chronic illness. Beginning with the person who is experiencing the chronic condition, they are able to weave an important blend of personal, social, and policy themes." -- Choice "This volume of collected essays is a solid contribution to the medical humanities literature on chronic illness... the contributors have produced a cohesive, systematic, and sensitive examination of issues in chronic illness and disability." -- Medical Humanities Review "Although it may seem to be intended largely for health care providers, this thought-provoking volume has much that will interest a wider lay audience." -- Medical and Health Annual An often moving exploration of the human, moral, and policy aspects of a health issue that affects each of us. Through first-person accounts and the perspectives of literature, medicine, philosophy, and religion, this book explores what it means to live with chronic illness and the implications of this experience for social policy, health care, bioethics, and the professions.
The International Handbook of Art Therapy in Palliative and Bereavement Care offers a multicultural and international perspective on how art therapy can be of help to individuals, groups, families, communities, and nations facing death and dying as well as grief and loss. Over 50 art therapists from around the world write about the transforming power of art therapy in the lives of those facing terminal illness, dementia, loss, and grief. They offer practical descriptions and techniques for working with adults and children to guide professionals, including those new to using art therapy and creative approaches in end-of-life care services. This international handbook is essential reading for arts therapists, social workers, medical personnel, faith leaders, and psychologists interested in a collaborative and accessible approach to working with patients and families affected by loss.