Monday, October 29, 2012

Review:Peaceful Passage by:Kim West

About the Book:
 Taking care of a loved one on their final journey can be one of the richest, most life-affirming experiences you'll ever have. And perhaps the hardest one you'll ever go through. There's far more involved than just hospice details and your loved one's constant physical and emotional needs. There are your needs as well-as your "regular" life obligations collide head-on with this potentially all-encompassing commitment.
 Enter Peaceful Passage, a true labor of love from professional counselor Kim West. West was at her mother's side during her last months of life, and chronicled the whole process in order to provide a comprehensive and proven blueprint for others to follow.

Determining first steps once you've heard the news

Charting a course with hospice as your partner

Dealing with your loved one's emotional roller coaster

Navigating demands of marriage,family, children and career

Handling the daily, ongoing physical challenges and demands

Confronting common fears and unresolved emotional issues

Working through inner conflicts around faith and God

Managing the myriad post-passage details and arrangements

Finding closure, returning to routine and reflecting on the journey

Peaceful Passage is your essential, all-in-one guide to handling every aspect of this often heart-wrenching and heartwarming journey.

About the Author:
Kim West holds a PhD in Clinical Pastoral Counseling and a M.Div. in Counseling and Family, but when her own mother became ill with terminal cancer she found that she had no hands-on knowledge of how to take care of her.
As a counselor she knew to journal her own experience to help her process her grief at losing her mother and she knew how to help her mother finish her life well and be prepared for the life to come. But the day-to-day of taking care of her mother as she died would require learning a whole new set of caring skills. And learn she did.
After completing her own journey with her mother she knew she had to help others who would travel this same path. Peaceful Passage is a merging of her years of counseling experience and the new skills she learned caring for her mother combined with her heart to help and to heal. You can also learn more about this book on Kim's website  

Kim is also on Facebook here is that link:

My Review:
 Hearing that your loved when has limited time left on this earth is not an easy thing to hear. As I am sure it wasn't for Kim West author of Peaceful Passage. She decided to bring her mother to her home to wait out her final days. As the one that has to care for the ailing loved one you are caught between loving this person, caring for them and ultimately mourning over them even before you lay them to rest. Caring for that person while struggling with so much of the feelings and memories that you still hold dear is like climbing a mountain in a snow storm.
 Kim West decided to let us in and walk each step of the way with her. Be it the feelings she experienced or be it the things that she as well as us all that get the chance to show the person we love the honor it is to care for them in their final days. In this book the author finds out that her mother has a brain tumor and only has a few moths to live. So she decides it is best that her mother comes to her home to spend the remainder of her days. And in doing so she shows us the steps her family and she had to take to prepare their mother for her final journey.
 This book will guide through the process of what it takes to finalize,if you will, your loved one's  remaining time here.Kim has included places in the book to journal your thoughts. She has also included in the book names, numbers and organizations that can assist you in this ordeal. And there is even a workbook included throughout the pages of the book to work through some of those emotions. If you are facing the emotional upheaval of having to care for an aging family member this is just the book to iron out some of those uncertainties.

 Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

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