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Finding Peace at the End of Life
A Death Doula’s Guide for Families and Caregivers
Henry Fersko-Weiss, LCSW
ISBN: 9781590035023
Book (Paperback)
Red Wheel Weiser, Red Wheel
6 x 9
256 pages
August 1, 2020


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“Beautiful, poignant, pitch perfect and accessible . . . a road-map for clinicians, patients, family members, and caregivers”—BJ Miller, MD, author of A Beginner’s Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death

This groundbreaking book encourages us to face our fears and engage in an open, honest dialog about death. Here, longtime “death doula” Henry Fersko-Weiss helps the dying discover meaning in their lives, express that meaning in powerful and beautiful legacies, and plan for their final days with dignity.

The doula approach to death emphasizes thoughtful planning for how the last days should look, sound, and feel, and encourages the use of touch, guided imagery, and ritual during the dying process. It also calls for around-the-clock vigil care, which provides emotional and spiritual support for both the dying person and their loved ones.

“Henry Fersko-Weiss’s helpful book reflects over two decades of experience facilitating meaningful and instructive transitions of the dying, offering the potential for tremendous growth and maturation through the experience. An indispensable gift for family members and for those interested in facilitating such experiences.”

--Eben Alexander, MD, and author of Living in a Mindful Universe, Proof of Heaven, and The Map of Heaven

Henry Fersko-Weiss, LCSW, is executive director of the International End-of-Life Doula Association. In 2003, Henry created the very first End-of-Life Doula Program in the US at a hospice in New York City and has built many other programs based on his model. His work has been featured in the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and elsewhere. He is on the faculty of the Open Center’s Art of Dying Institute.
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