Healing Through Illness, Living Through Dying: Guidance and Rituals for Patients, Families, and Friends

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       Healing Through Illness, Living Through Dying addresses a wide range of practical and emotional issues faced by patients and caregivers. The rituals not only guide readers through difficult and often unfamiliar territory, but also support them in growing and healing on many levels - whether the path leads into remission or through the end of life.        Many rituals are simple and can easily be slipped into everyday routines, such as finding moments to consciously relax and release tension. Other rituals are used in particular circumstances, such as releasing anger or creating meaningful connections with loved ones.        This book shines a light on options that otherwise might not be considered, and helps patients and caregivers gain a greater sense of control at a time when so much feels out of control. With warmth and wisdom, Courtney supports readers in bringing greater meaning into their journey, and empowers them to move through the challenges with greater strength and grace. 

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"This book covers a wide range of practical and emotional issues that every patient and caregiver faces when confronted with serious illness or the end of life. We should be grateful for people like Candice Courtney who are willing to share their experience and insights into one of life's most challenging and difficult times."
       Jimmie C. Holland, MD
      Attending Psychiatrist, Memorial Sloan-Kettering
      Professor Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College

Healing Through Illness, Living Through Dying       A guidebook offering rituals to help patients and their caregivers:

  • Reorient in the wake of diagnosis
  • Address anger, grief, fear, and hope
  • Maintain balance through treatment
  • Offer and receive meaningful support
  • Move gracefully into remission, or through the end of life
     "Ms. Courtney offers a wealth of practical suggestions and easy-to-follow rituals... well organized, and easy to read, this book helps us understand how rituals are about connection- with ourselves, each other, our surroundings, and our circumstances."
      Patti Anewalt, PhD
      Director PATHways Center at Hospice of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

"Beyond these powerful options for rituals, Courtney offers additional insights for patients and families as they cope with life-threatening illness. ... Therapists, counselors, clergy, and health professionals will find a treasure trove of useful ideas as they work with patients and families coping with life-threatening illness and loss. Patients, families, and friends will find both comfort and wisdom in this book."
       Kenneth J. Doka, PhD       Author of 25 books, including Counseling Individuals with Life-Threatening Illness

About the Author:

Candice Courtney's husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor in early 1997 and given only months to live. In the two years he survived, they both developed and grew throughout their journey together. After his death, Ms. Courtney drew upon her background in ritual to offer support to those fighting an illness or grieving a loss. Her study of ritual in diverse cultures informed her understanding of the essential - if sometimes unnoticed - role ritual plays throughout our lives. Ms. Courtney gives workshop and presentations for patients and professionals, as well as speaking at national and international conferences.

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