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Facing Death and Finding Hope: A Guide to the Emotional and Spiritual Care of the Dying Paperback – 2 Apr 1998


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd; New edition edition (2 April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099176920
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099176923
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 April 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful and inspiring book for all involved in care of the dying, for all those who mourn a loved one, and actually for all of us who will face death at some point. Christine Longaker draws on her experience both as a bereaved spouse and as a hospice worker to provide very helpful advice and techniques on how to face our own mortality as a prerequisite to be able to support others. Much of the book draws on the rich spiritual tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, but it is equally applicable in any other religious or spiritual context.
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I echo the sentiments of the review published above and provided some 11 years ago by "A Customer". Please read that review - it is an excellent and succinct summary. I have found this book to be a wonderful source of inspiration; from which ever angle you come into contact with people and the subject of death, this book gives enlightenment on sensitively helping people emotionally and spiritually. I highly recommend this book.
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Undoubtedly the best book on this topic written by an expert who continue to improve it with each edition.
Thank you Christine
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By christine on 6 Aug 2014
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Purfect, as ususl
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
A Guidebook to the Process of Dying 27 Oct 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My sister just died of cancer and spent her last 2 months in hospice care. This book served as my guidebook through the process, taught me how to let my sister go with peace and love and left me in a better state of mind afterwards. It seemed that each time I picked it up, I was at the exact chapter I needed at the time. The chapter where she writes from the viewpoint of the dying person is worth the cost of the book alone! It gave me so much insight into what my sister must be going through and helped to frame all of the rest of my time with her. Longaker's Tibetan Buddhist writing can be heavy going, but she makes her concepts applicable to many different faiths and uses many examples from these faiths throughout the book. The chapter on bereavement is also excellent, offering practical suggestsions based on her own experience (interesting that she uses that term, based on its genesis from the word "bereft," instead of "mourning"). For anyone who has to deal with someone who has faced a long-term disease which erodes the body, her touching poem "You Can Grow Less Beautiful" is so meaningful. In addition to helping readers to deal with the practical aspects of dealing with a loved one's death, she also focuses on how each of us can prepare every day for our own deaths (through meditation and letting go); it will probably take another reading for me to be able to focus on this area, but I look forward to doing so.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
An excellent vision of life's final transition 4 Nov 2004
By Rinchen Choesang - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book both inspired me and annoyed me. Some of its contents brought tears to my eyes, partly due to realising that my input into a dear friend's final year was more valuable than I had believed at the time.

The best thing about this book is Christine Longaker's ability to tell her own and others' stories about the highs and lows of the journey toward death. It is very honest about the pitfalls of having unrealistic expectations of ourselves and others when faced with mortality. The book is a useful guide for people of any cultural or religious background, despite the author's Buddhist beliefs.

The aspect of the book that frustrated me was the too-frequent repetition of some of the concepts set out in the book. This may be a reflection of the author's Buddhist background, as repetition is often used in Buddhist teachings to reinforce important points. This is only a minor gripe, as I too have Buddhist beliefs and have bought the book anyway, after having read a library copy.

Overall this is a compassionate and realistic overview of a spiritual approach to death and dying that is well worth the outlay. May we all have the determination to live well so that we can create the conditions to die well, which is so important both for us and for those who love us!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Facing Death and Finding Hope: A Guide to the Emotional and Spiritual Care of the Dying 10 Jan 2012
By Bo Tep - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is insightful and instructive for those facing death and their caregivers. It provides a reflective and experienced perspective of a spiritually aware and professional caregiver of her own experience and those she has helped and learned from. Caring, kindness, insight from a secular non-religious and spiritual traditions (Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism...) in addressing fear, grief, pain, and developing honest, loving, and caring communication. Understanding the depth and gravity of the end of life; (r)establishing connections, healing relationships, and letting go; loving and letting go; and appreciating the deep meaning and spirituality of life. I appreciate the insight, instructions, examples, kindness, and spirituality of this author.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Highly recommended book - special appeal to hospice movement 22 Nov 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The power of "confrontation" and the necessity for it as a keystone in the spiritual dimension of bereavement is especially warmly written of by Christine Longaker in this book, which is of stimulating to the general reader and also of great interest for the professional person.
Eugene McGloin/ North West Hospice Rep of Ireland.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
a practical, inspiring view of dying and witnessing death 17 Jun 1998
By Janice M Stensrude - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Twenty years ago, Longaker lost her husband to an incurable disease at the age of 25. In the ensuing years she has become internationally known for her pioneering work in the hospice movement. Though she writes from a Buddhist perspective, the advice offered can be adapted to any spiritual tradition. Facing Death and Finding Hope is an excellent guide for hospice volunteers and professionals, yet is well suited for anyone who has questions about how to deal with a dying loved one -- or even how to face one's own death.
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