July 11, 2017

books to support pastoral care

pastoral care;
is an ancient model of emotional and spiritual support that can be found in all cultures and traditions. It has been described in our modern context as individual patience in which  pastoral carers support people in their pain, loss and anxiety, and their triumphs, joys and victories.

Scar Tissue
An anguished philosophy professor watches his dying mother's measured steps into the mysterious depths of neurological illness: the misplaced glasses, kitchen catastrophes, and anecdotes told over and over to a family overcome with fearful sympathy. 
His strenuous efforts to make sense of his mother's suffering lead him to learn all he can about her illness, renewing contact with his neurologist brother in the process. But medical science can do nothing to ease loss, and genetics now routinely predicts destinies that medicine is powerless to avert.
Scar Tissue explores the fragile lines of memory, their configuration in identity, and the ways in which both are at one moment formed and the next shattered. Nominated for the Booker PrizeScar Tissue is an intensely personal novel about family, love in all its guises, and the ultimate triumph of life over loss.
"Ignatieff's novel impresses in its wisdom as much as in its restraint ... This is a rich novel written by a magnanimous writer with an exquisite talent for naturalism."— The Times

When your parent becomes your child : a journey of faith through my mother's dementia 
[available in book, CD or eBook or Audio-book online ]

As he chronicles his own mother's degenerative condition, New York Times best-selling writer Ken Abraham educates while offering inspiration to help readers cope with and manage their family circumstances. With humor and spiritual reminders of God's command to honor our parents, Abraham encourages readers through often-difficult responsibilities. And though in most cases patients will not recover this side of heaven, he suggests many practical things that families can do to make the experience safer, kinder, and more endurable for everyone involved.

In lieu of flowers : a conversation for the living
With the curiosity of a child and the wisdom of an old soul, Nancy Cobb meets death in the most vital of places: in the lives of everyday people. In doing so she has found a way to infuse this darkest of subjects with light and wit. In Lieu of Flowers proves that what makes us cry can also make us laugh, what depresses us can also enlighten us. 
Cobb's candor and refreshing perspective make the deaths of those she has loved -- and death itself -- a subject to explore rather than avoid.Cobb's personal experiences become a point of departure for what amounts to a longer conversation about loss. 
She shares moments of her own mourning and draws others into the conversation as well: among them, a bank teller who still dreams of her deceased grandmother, two small children who bury a wild bird in its final nest beneath a maple tree, and a hospice nurse who acts as an end-of-life midwife. 
Presented naturally, each anecdote is delivered in a true, clear voice rather than in the hushed tones that too often accompany words of consolation. In telling her stories Cobb opens us up to our own, and she encourages us to accept and honor the "divine intersections" where the living meet the dying.Candid, powerful, and enlightening, this is an extraordinary treatment of one of the most ordinary and difficult experiences of life. death and grief,grief and bereavement,inspirational,politics and social sciences,religion and spirituality,self-help,sociology,spirituality Grief & Bereavement, Pantheon

The four things that matter most : a book about living
Four simple phrases -- "Please forgive me," "I forgive you," "Thank you," and "I love you" -- carry enormous power. 

These four phrases provide us with a clear path to emotional wellness; they guide us through the thickets of interpersonal difficulties to a conscious way of living that is full of integrity and grace. 

Too often we assume that the people we love really know we love them. Dr. Byock reveals the value of stating the obvious and provides insights into how we burden ourselves by hanging on to old grudges unconsciously and unnecessarily.

He shows us how to avoid living with those awkward silences and uncomfortable issues that distance us from the people we love and erode our sense of well-being and joy. 

His insights and stories help us to forgive, appreciate, love, and celebrate one another more fully. The inspiring stories in The Four Things That Matter Most demonstrate the usefulness of the Four Things in a wide range of life situations. 
They also show that a degree of emotional healing is always possible and that we can experience a sense of wholeness even in the wake of family strife, personal tragedy, divorce, or in the face of death. With practical wisdom and spiritual punch, The Four Things That Matter Most gives us the language and guidance to honor and experience what really matters most in our lives every day.

God still remembers me : devotions for facing Alzheimer's disease with faith
This 52 week collection of daily devotions was written for all of God's children who are struggling with the daily demands brought on by Alzheimer's disease. The book is organized in weekly topics to help the Alzheimer's patient deal with their struggles, heartaches, joys, and especially their faith. This collection is an encouraging and uplifting look at how you can deal with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's and continue to live a rich life with faith. 

Spirituality and personhood in dementia 
In recent years, there has been a positive shift in attitudes towards caring for older people with dementia, with a new emphasis being placed on the person rather than the problem and towards a relationship-centred rather than individual approach. Within this context of person-centred care, there is a growing recognition of the significance of a person's spirituality in providing them with a sense of identity and a resource for coping. Spirituality and Personhood in Dementia offers an interdisciplinary discourse on spirituality in dementia care, bringing together wide-ranging contributions from leading theoreticians, theologians, researchers and practitioners. The book provides health care professionals with both a rationale and a practical understanding of the important role spirituality can play in the affirmation of personhood. This comprehensive and thought-provoking collection includes contributions from international authors, discussion of inter-faith relations and spirituality for the non-religious, as well as chapters approaching the subject from Christian and Buddhist perspectives. This book will be valuable reading for nurses, care workers, care commissioners and pastoral support professionals interested in a more holistic and contemplative approach to caring for older people with dementia.

Spirituality in Dementia Care

with Teepa Snow and Rev. Linn Possell
  1. Have you struggled to meet the spiritual needs of a family member living with dementia?
  2. Do you run a faith-based organization and would like to know how to best help a person living with dementia and their families stay connected to their community of faith?
  3. Learn with dementia expert Teepa Snow and Reverend Linn Possell about basic spiritual needs throughout life, what may or may not change when someone is living with dementia and how to best meet those needs.
Watch this program and learn
◾How to meet the spiritual needs that remain when a person is in the midst of brain change
◾How to connect with the spirit of someone living with dementia to create a “soul to soul” relationship
◾How to help family members better manage feelings of guilt, sadness and grief
◾How to offer the highest quality of life by focusing on what the person living with dementia is still able to

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