Every hospitalization, period of convalescence, or visit to a patient can be an opportunity for healing to happen. Since most hospitalizations are sudden and unexpected, few patients and family members are prepared to take advantage of these healing opportunities. Help Me to Heal is a “just-in-time” resource that anyone can pick up and immediately use—to help realize this great healing potential. It provides the empowering tools, strategies, and resources that will enable readers to turn their bedside environment and illness experience into a sacred space and time where healing can occur. When patients, caregivers, and family members are provided with these strategies, they become participants in the healing process—and are then able to communicate their needs to doctors and staff simply and effectively, thereby creating a healing team where everyone is moving in the same direction.
About the Author
Bernie Siegel, M.D. embraces a philosophy that is at the forefront of a society grappling with medical ethics and spiritual issues. His books have broken new ground in the field of healing.
Yosaif August, an award-winning bedside environmentalist, acquired the paient's perspective the hard way-first as a patient and later as an advocate and caregiver for his parents. In 1995, because of his personal experiences as a patient and caregiver, he founded Healing Environments, International (HEI), a company that creates products that promote patient-centered healing. For that innovation he received the "Best of Competition" award in the 1996 Nightingale Healthcare Design Competition, First Prize/Professional Category in the 1996 Healthcare Design Competition, and a Design Award in 1998 from the American Society on Aging. Yosaif lives in Woodstock, New York, with his wife and two cats.