Tell Me Everything You Don't Remember: The Stroke That Changed My Life is a memoir of survival. Christine Hyung-Oak Lee woke up with a headache on New Year’s Eve 2006. By that afternoon, she saw the world quite literally upside down. By New Year’s Day, she was unable to form a coherent sentence. After hours in the ER, days in the hospital, and multiple questions and tests, she learned that she had had a stroke. For months, Lee outsourced her memories to her notebook. It is from these memories that she shares her experience.
We have many books that give advice on how to reorganize or enrich your life. One of these is Let it go: downsizing your way to a richer, happier life by Peter Walsh. Walsh doesn't see downsizing as a difficult chore, rather, it's a freeing, rejuvenating process. In Let It Go, you'll access Walsh's many tips and practical takeaways, such as how to understand the emotional challenges that accompany downsizing; how to create strategies for working with your spouse, adult kids, or siblings without drama; how to calculate the amount of stuff you can bring into your new life; and how to identify the objects that will bring you real happiness, and the rest that you should let go.
For those facing the end of life for themselves or a loved one, Caring for the Dying: The Doula Approach to a Meaningful Death describes a whole new way to approach death and dying. It explores how the dying and their families can bring deep meaning and great comfort to the care given at the end of a life. Created by Henry Fersko-Weiss, the end-of-life doula model is adapted from the work of birth doulas and helps the dying to find meaning in their life, express that meaning in powerful and beautiful legacies, and plan for the final days. The approach calls for around-the-clock vigil care, so the dying person and their family have the emotional and spiritual support they need along with guidance on signs and symptoms of dying. It also covers the work of reprocessing a death with the family afterward and the early work of grieving. Emphasis is placed on the space around the dying person and encourages the use of touch, guided imagery, and ritual during the dying process. The guidance provided can help a dying person, their family, and caregivers to transform the dying experience from one of fear and despair into one that is uplifting and even life affirming.
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