Companioning the Dying: A Soulful Guide for Counselors & by Greg Yoder

By Greg Yoder

This consultant for counselors and lay caregivers explores the artwork of taking care of the demise and their households. according to the tenets first articulated by means of popular grief educator Dr. Alan Wolfelt, this respectful and enjoyable consultant to caregiving contains own bills that debunk the parable of the "good loss of life" and educate caregivers to discover the transformative capability of each second in each adventure. Written with wit and illustrated all through with the author's poetry and art, it comprises suggestion for comforting sufferers and their households in addition to suggestion for facing the interior tension universal to the career. The advice supplied may also help counselors believe affirmed of their skills to "be with" the death and aid them and their families.

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Acutely aware of becoming better Human bodies are indeed the primary vehicles that transacquainted with the port spiritual beings around the earth. The wannabe cowbeing inside the boy in me, by the way, wishes I could make home visits on body to which a a horse. But the last time I rode one was on a round-up in disease has attached southern Wyoming. I had what cowboys call a wreck, itself. falling off my horse and ending up in the emergency room. Alas, I now transport myself around in a 1990 Dodge pickup.

One of the best pieces of advice given to me when entering graduate school was to volunteer on a crisis hotline. That I did, and got some of the best training and practice in active listening I could ever imagine. It was even better than my Counseling 101 class in graduate school. Over the years I have refined those skills and added others of course, but “old reliable” continues to be my most valuable companioning tool. The art of “joining” through active listening Active listening helps us do the work of joining people where they are at any given moment.

Or we may honor their need to backtrack, frantically looking for answers around washed-out roadways of hope. No matter which highways or back streets the dying travel, honoring The Mystery can help liberate us from an urgency to always find the right answers. Companioning the dying never has to be an emergency. 37 Chapter 6 Tenet 3 Companioning is about walking alongside; it is less about leading or being led. ” — Ken Alstad E very person approaching death walks through the experience at her own pace.

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