September 22, 2017

For those who want to better understand depression...

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The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

Winner of the National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, The Noonday Demon examines depression in personal, cultural, and scientific terms. Drawing on his own struggles with the illness and interviews with fellow sufferers, doctors and scientists, policy makers and politicians, drug designers and philosophers, Andrew Solomon reveals the subtle complexities and sheer agony of the disease.

He confronts the challenge of defining the illness and describes the vast range of available medications, the efficacy of alternative treatments, and the impact the malady has on various demographic populations -- around the world and throughout history. He also explores the thorny patch of moral and ethical questions posed by emerging biological explanations for mental illness. With uncommon humanity, candor, wit, and erudition, award-winning author Solomon takes readers on a journey of incom-parable range and resonance into the most pervasive of family secrets. His contribution to our understanding not only of mental illness but also of the human condition is truly stunning.

Darkness visible : a memoir of madness
A work of great personal courage and a literary tour de force, this bestseller is Styron's true account of his descent into a crippling and almost suicidal depression. Styron is perhaps the first writer to convey the full terror of depression's psychic landscape, as well as the illuminating path to recovery.

Depression - the oldest cliches remain the truest. 

Time heals. 

The bottom of the valley never provides the clearest view. 

The tunnel does have light at the end of it, even if we haven't been able to see it

 ...Words, just sometimes, really can set you free

Reasons to stay alive

What Does It mean To Feel Truly Alive? Aged 24, Matt Haig's world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again. A moving, funny and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and feel more alive, Reasons to Stay Alive is more than a memoir. It is a book about making the most of your time on earth. "I wrote this book because the oldest cliches remain the truest. Time heals. The bottom of the valley never provides the clearest view. The tunnel does have light at the end of it, even if we haven't been able to see it ...Words, just sometimes, really can set you free."

Stephen Fry            
This short book that Haig has written is the best I have ever read on coping with depression. It is so RIGHT.

Defeat depression : 52 brilliant ideas for healing a troubled mine

.. average of 1 out of 18 people suffers from depression and yet most people don’t really understand what depression is or recognize many of the symptoms that accompany it. Those that admit to suffering from it very often feel ashamed. Those that have never suffered from it think it’s all a matter o ‘getting a grip’. Defeat depression is written by a psychiatrist who offers a full understanding of the condition and practical, tried and tested techniques to help overcome it. As a medical student, the author suffered from depression and ended up in hospital. Drawing on her first-hand experiences and her medical expertise, Dr  Dosani has put together 52 ideas, tips and strategies to help sufferers and their family and friends cope with this often difficult condition.Now updated in this second edition to include bonus chapters, Defeat depression is sympathetic, practical, pro-active and an empowering and positive tool for helping to heal a troubled mind.
Managing depression growing older : a guide for professionals and carers

Even when he's grey around the muzzle, the black dog of depression can still deliver a ferocious bite. Depression can strike at any age, and it may appear for the first time as we get older, as a result of life circumstances or our genetic makeup. While older people face the same kinds of mental health issues as younger people, they can find it more difficult to deal with them owing to the stressors which accumulate with age. There is also a high incidence of undiagnosed depression in older age, presenting extra challenges for carers.Managing Depression Growing Older offers a systematic guide to identifying depression in older people, supporting them at home or in an aged care setting, and the importance of diet, exercise and attitude in recovery. It is essential reading for anyone who works with the elderly.

Life is short ... wear your party pants : ten simple truths that lead to an amazing life

Loretta LaRoche has helped millions of people find ways to lighten up and overcome stress. Now, in Life Is Short—Wear Your Party Pants, she gives you the tools you need to not only reduce feelings of tension, but also to bring joy, passion, and gusto into your life. Her techniques are a brilliant blend of old-world common sense and the most contemporary research in brain chemistry, psychology, and mind-body studies. Loretta gives you dozens of proven techniques for recognizing the ten simple truths that will lead you to an intense, happy, successful life: resilience, living in the moment, optimism, acceptance, humor, creativity, moderation, responsibility, meaning, and connection.

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Ageing and Caring A Guide for Later Life

by Des O'Neill


Although it is something that affects all of us, directly or indirectly, ageing can all too often be perceived negatively. Ageing and Caring is an essential, positive guide for older people, their carers and their families. It seeks to outline not only the challenges that can arise from ageing but also how active and rewarding life can continue to be in old age. From practical advice on remaining active in retirement, to guidance on coping with a loss of independence, Ageing and Caring provides advice on the complexities of ageing, covering an array of issues that older people and their carers may face: What you need to know about ageing — healthy ageing, managing your finances, and accessing health services Common health problems experienced by older people, such as diabetes; sight, mobility and memory difficulties; and loneliness and depression The final years of life, such as moving into a nursing home, should it be required, and advance care planningAgeing and Caring underlines the importance of well-being in old age and offers practical advice on how to maintain a happy and fulfilling life, whatever the challenges. 

September 21, 2017

Dementia friendly communities and spaces

Staying in Life: Paving the Way to Dementia-Friendly Communities

We are constantly growing older, and there are an increasing number of elderly people living with dementia who are merely being taken care of. There is no question that we need alternatives to the established procedures. What can we do to create spaces where we can stay in life, rather than just staying alive? How can we turn the individual environments of people with and without dementia into places of human warmth? In Germany, initiatives attempting to answer these questions are on the rise. Committed individuals from politics, art, churches, and social and volunteer work are creatively working towards dementia-friendly communities. In this book, three authors intimately familiar with the topic explore initial movements, obstacles, and first attempts.

10 helpful hints for dementia design at home : practical design solutions for carers living at home with someone who has dementia 
It provides simple and practical design solutions to adapt the living environment for people with dementia so that they can live independently for as long as possible.
Covering topics such as lighting, interior d├ęcor, sound and use of assistive technology it gives advice on how these elements can be used to their best advantage in the homes of people living with dementia

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Creating Successful Dementia Care Settings

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book 1 Creating successful dementia care settings. Volume one: Understanding the environment through aging senses
 Contents: 1. THE SENSES -- Sensory Stimulation -- 2. VISION -- How Vision Changes with Age -- What Staff Can Do-- Before Personal Care -- Keeping Residents Active -- What the Environment Can Do -- Lighting -- Ways to Improve Poor or Inadequate Lighting -- Color and Pattern -- Room Features -- 3. HEARING -- How Hearing Changes with Age -- What Staff Can Do -- Communication Techniques -- Socialization -- What the Environment Can Do -- Excess Noise -- Acoustical Treatments for Hard Surfaces -- 4. SMELL and TAST -- How Smell and Taste Change with Age -- What Staff Can Do -- Incorporating Positive Smells and Tastes -- Using Smells with Personal Meaning -- Minimizing Negative Smells -- What the Environment Can Do -- Reducing Negative Odors -- Using Positive Smells and Tastes as Room Cues -- Using Aromatherapy -- Planting Therapeutic Gardens -- 5. TOUCH -- How Touch Changes with Age -- What Staff Can Do -- Incorporating Touch into Therapeutic Activities -- When Touch Is Not Appropriate -- What the Environment Can Do -- Improving the Textural Environment -- Avoiding Abrasive Elements -- Regulating Temperature.

book 2 Creating successful dementia care settings. Volume two: maximizing cognitive and functional abilities
Contents -- 1. WHAT ARE FUNCTIONAL ABILITIES?-- Functional Abilities in Older People -- A Myth About Aging -- When Functional Abilities Become a Problem at Home -- Moving into Long-Term Care Facilities -- What is Excess Disability? -- Functional Abilities in Older People with Dementia -- Physical Factors -- Cognitive Factors -- Social Factors -- Environmental Factors -- Assessment as a Multidimensional Process -- Assessment of Physical Factors -- Assessment of Cognitive Factors -- Assessment of Social Factors -- Assessment of Environmental Factors -- 2. ORIENTATION -- What Staff Can Do -- Orientation to Time -- Orientation to Place -- Reality Orientation Versus Validation -- What the Environment Can Do -- Spatial Adjacencies -- Cueing -- Rooms -- Where to Find Products -- 3. Mobility -- Mobility in Older People -- Psychological Issues -- Physiological Issues -- Falls -- Mobility in Older People with Dementia -- Apraxia -- Risk of Falling in Residents with Dementia Restraints -- Risk of Falls in Residents with Dementia Restraints -- What Staff Can Do -- Contributors to Resident Falls -- When Mobility Becomes Significantly Impaired -- The Truth About Restraints -- Mobility Aids -- Exercise to Promote and Maintain Physical Conditioning -- Difference Staff Can Make in Successful Rehabilitation -- What the Environment Can Do -- Environmental Aspects that Support Mobility -- Improving Mobility in Specific Areas -- Flooring -- Furniture -- Handrails -- Communication Devices -- Residents’ Rooms and Public Areas -- Where to Find Products -- 4. CONTINENCE -- Incontinence as a Part of Normal Aging -- Incontinence Compounded by Dementia -- Changes in a Resident’s Continence -- What Staff Can Do -- Interventions -- Reducing Embarrassment When Assistance Is Needed -- What the Environment Can Do -- Finding the Bathroom  -- Finding the Toilet -- Transferring to and from the Toilet -- Where to Find Products -- 5. EATING -- How Eating Changes with Age -- Social Issues -- Physical Issues -- How Dementia Affects the Experience of Eating -- Memory Problems -- Problems with Chewing and Swallowing -- When Residents Are No Longer Able to Eat -- What Staff Can Do -- Reasons that Residents May Reject Food -- Creating a Therapeutic Setting for Dining -- Administrative Support -- Interventions to Improve Eating -- What the Environment Can Do -- Finding the Dining Room -- Minimizing Excess Disability -- Where to Find Products -- 6. DRESSING -- When Older Adults Have Trouble Dressing -- Physical Issues -- Difficulties of Dressing for Residents with Dementia -- What Staff Can Do -- Understanding Residents’ Feelings -- Taking a Therapeutic Approach -- Stages of Dressing -- How It Feels to Need Help Getting Dressed -- What the Environment Can Do -- Closet/Wardrobe Modification -- Recognizing the Contents of Closets --  
Closet and Room Lighting -- Grooming Center -- Where to Find Products -- 7. BATHING -- How Important is Bathing? -- Why Do Some Residents Dislike Bathing? -- How Often Should Residents Bathe? -- What Staff Can Do -- Undressing Residents -- Privacy -- Running Water -- Air and Water Temperatures -- What the Environment Can Do -- Using a Tub that Fits Residents’ Needs -- Privacy Issues -- Controlling Air and Water Temperatures -- Creating Pleasant Tub Rooms -- Where to Find Products.

book 3 Creating successful dementia care settings. Volume three: minimizing disruptive behaviors
Contents : the senses and sensory stimulation – vision and changes with age ; lighting ; colours and patterns --   hearing – changes with age ; communication techniques ; socialization ; excess noise – smell and taste – changes with age ; incorporating positive smells and tastes ; minimizing negative smells – room cues and aromatherapy --  touch—abilities – orientation – mobility continence – eating –dressing – bathing – what is a disruptive behaviour – wandering – attempting to leave – rummaging and hoarding – combative behaviours --  socially inappropriate behaviours – overview of home based philosophy of care – personalization --  roles and activities --  privacy --  autonomy and control --  residential design

book 4 Creating successful dementia care settings. Volume four: enhancing identity and sense of home
How do the physical and caregiving environments of a long-term care facility influence the functioning of its residents with dementia? Viewers will learn to appreciate the sometimes insurmountable challenges presented by typical residential facilities when residents have to navigate daily activities with a host of age-related cognitive and sensory deficits. Deteriorating abilities to maintain independence are a hallmark of dementia, but they needn’t lead directly to helplessness. With simple changes to the environment, facility staff can maximize functional independence and minimize excess disabilities. Here is a step-by-step process for identifying barriers and finding respectful, supportive solutions. Through individual profiles of residents, viewers learn to apply this sensible problem-solving method to some of the common challenges presented by toileting, dressing, and mealtime activities in long-term care facilities. The reward for this approach is an enhanced quality of life for residents and staff alike.

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September 18, 2017

Caring for people with dementia eBooks available include:

5 short eBooks to help with dementia care 

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Caring for people with dementia : a shared approach

5 short books to help with dementia care 

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Caring for people with dementia : a shared approach

Skills in caring for people with dementia are increasingly demanded of all health care practitioners as the numbers of diagnosed increase. Caring for People with Dementia presents-latest research into improving dementia care for both non-expert students and junior staff as well as more senior managers.

Christine Brown Wilson is Associate Professor at the University of Queensland, Australia

Chapter 1: --  Common myths associated with the condition known as dementia   
Chapter 2: --  Developing relationship based approaches to dementia care   
Chapter 3: --  Role of organisation- leading & facilitating relationship- based dementia care   
Chapter 4: --  Developing a biographical approach in care practice   
Chapter 5: --  Managing relationship based approaches to care   
Chapter 6: --  Creating dementia friendly services   
Chapter 7: --  Developing community through dementia friendly environments   
Chapter 8: --  Supporting the families of people living with dementia   
Chapter 9: --  The role of technology in dementia care   
Chapter 10: --  Leading and managing change in dementia care

Person centred thinking with older people : 6 essential practices

 Person-centred practices are a key way to provide the best possible care and support for older people and help them to be active and valued members of the community. 

Each of the practices is designed to support the individual and put what is important to and for the person at the forefront of their care. 
Each practice has been tailored so that older people can express more easily what does and does not work for them. By actively listening and making each person feel appreciated, the practices represent practical tools for frontline practitioners to form good relationships with people in their care. With supporting stories and full colour photographs to illustrate how person-centred thinking and practice is used in real-life settings, there are many examples to help practitioners to overcome challenges and to really implement positive, effective changes to care. This practical book will be a valuable resource for care staff, social workers and healthcare workers who want to learn about person-centred practices to deliver best practice care and support.
* Introduction. 
1. One-page profiles. 
2. Relationship circles. 
3. Communication. 
4. Histories. 
5. Wishing. 
6. Working and not working. 
7. Person-centred thinking and care and support planning. 
8. Circles of support. Final Thoughts.

The dementia care workbook
This workbook builds upon the person-centred approach to dementia care and gives students, practitioners and carers a new way of looking at dementia and the people who live with it. 
The workbook is full of exercises and activities to try, all designed to help the reader to engage and connect with the person with dementia, empowering both them and their families/carers. Key topics explored in the workshop include: Understanding how it feels to live with dementia; Recognising the issues and feelings involved for family carers or healthcare professionals when caring for individuals with dementia; and questioning one's own care approach and attitude, to encourage more compassionate person-centred care. Throughout the workbook, vignettes featuring two fictional characters living with dementia provide examples of good and realistic practice. These encourage the reader to examine his or her own practice and explore ways in which care can be enhanced.

  • The felt experience: The person with dementia 
  • The felt experience: Carers 
  • Attitudes 
  • The environment of care
  • The person with dementia 
  • Engagement - connecting with the person 
  • Empowerment and dis-empowerment 
  • Facilitating person-centred care:
  •  Worksheets and activities 

Positive Psychology Approaches to Dementia
  • Foreword by Christine Bryden. 
  •  Ageing, Health and Positive Psychology.
  • A Positive Psychology Approach to Dementia
  •  Wellbeing in Dementia
  •  Hope and Dementia.
  •  Humour and Dementia.
  •  Resilience and Living Well with Dementia
  •  Creativity and Dementia. John Killick.
  •  Spirituality and Wisdom.
  •  Positive Psychology and Relational Dementia Care: Creating an 'Enriched Environment'.
  • Positive Experiences in Dementia Caregiving.
  • People with dementia really do draw on these strengths as they navigate their predicament, and they do so surprisingly deep into their illness.
  • Building on the tradition of Tom Kitwood, Steven Sabat, and myself, this book shows us with unmistakable clarity and good science that there is a deeper and more hopeful way of looking at the person underneath dementia that we often miss. This book is a work of genius.

The best friends approach to Alzheimer's care
This comprehensive program builds on the essential elements of friendship: respect, empathy, support, trust, humor. They’re the building blocks of a care model that’s both effective and flexible enough to adapt to each person’s remaining strengths and abilities. It’s easy. It’s natural. It works. Learn how to ensure the highest quality of life for people with Alzheimer’s disease, not just by preventing catastrophic episodes but by making every day consistently reassuring, enjoyable, and secure

The Best Friends™ Approach --  
1.Starting with the Person: The Life Story and Human Rights ◦Life Story of Rebecca Matheny Riley --  ◦The Best Friends Dementia Bill of Rights --  
2.Introducing the Best Friends Approach ◦Building Blocks of the Best Friends Approach --  ◦How Friendship Works in the Context of Dementia Care --  
PART 2. Best Friends in Your Care Setting --  
3.The Life Story ◦Preparing the Life Story --  ◦Ingredients of the Life Story --  ◦How to Use the Life Story --  ◦Best Practices for Enhancing Preparation of the Life Story in Your Dementia Program --  
4.The Best Friends Approach to Communication ◦How Best Friends Communicate --  ◦Communicating Skillfully --  
5.The Knack ◦Elements of Knack --  ◦Knack in Dementia Care --  
6.The Calendar Is Just the Beginning: Celebrating Activities with Engagement ◦The Purpose of Activities --  ◦Activities versus Engagement --  ◦Activities Done the Best Friends Way --  ◦Getting Started Putting Your Knack to Work --  
7.Best Friends and Behavior That Is Challenging for Staff ◦Empathy Is the Key --  ◦Creative Problem Solving to Address Behaviors in Dementia --  ◦Intimacy and Sexuality in Dementia --  ◦Protecting Yourself from Aggression --  ◦Avoiding Judgmental Language --  ◦Bring It All Together: Patricia Estill --  
PART 3: Creating and Sustaining a Best Friends Program --  
8.Being a Best Friend to Family Care Partners ◦Family Caregiving and Dementia --  ◦Supporting Families --  ◦Encouraging Early Use of Services --  ◦Best Friends Approach to Family Interactions --  
9.Growing a Volunteer Program ◦Effective Volunteerism --  ◦Steps to Starting a Successful Volunteer Program --  ◦Involving Student Volunteers and Interns --  
10.Creating and Sustaining Your Best Friends Program ◦Steps for Creating a Best Friends Culture --  ◦Sustaining Your Best Friends Program --  ◦Bringing It All Together: Americare --  11.Conclusion ◦Informed Love --  ◦Looking Ahead --  ◦Thank You For Sharing Our Journey --  Biographies --   Suggested Resources

September 15, 2017

Inspiring new books in the library this week

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Daring Greatly : How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Every time we are introduced to someone new, try to be creative, or start a difficult conversation, we take a risk. We feel uncertain and exposed. We feel vulnerable. Most of us try to fight those feelings - we strive to appear perfect. In a powerful new vision Dr. Brene Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability, and dispels the widely accepted myth that it's a weakness. She argues that, in truth, vulnerability is strength and when we shut ourselves off from vulnerability - from revealing our true selves - we distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives. Daring Greatly is the culmination of 12 years of groundbreaking social research, across every area of our lives including home, relationships, work, and parenting. It is an invitation to be courageous; to show up and let ourselves be seen, even when there are no guarantees. This is vulnerability. This is daring greatly.

Magical journey : an apprenticeship in contentment

No longer indispensable, no longer assured of our old carefully crafted identities, no longer beautiful in the way we were at twenty or thirty or forty, we are hungry and searching nonetheless."

From the author of The Gift of an Ordinary Day, this intimate memoir of loss, self-discovery, and growth will resonate deeply with any woman who has ever mourned the passage of time, questioned her own purpose, or wondered, "Do I have what it takes to create something new in my life?"

With the candor and warmth that have endeared her to readers, Kenison reflects on the inevitable changes wrought by time: the death of a dear friend, children leaving home, recognition of her own physical vulnerability, and surprising shifts in her marriage. She finds solace in the notion that midlife is also a time of unprecedented opportunity for growth as old roles and responsibilities fall away, and unanticipated possibilities appear on the horizon.

More a spiritual journey than a physical one, Kenison's beautifully crafted exploration begins and ends with a home, a life, a marriage. But this metamorphosis proves as demanding as any trek or pilgrimage to distant lands-it will guide and inspire every woman who finds herself asking "What now?"

Penguin Bloom : the odd little bird who saved a family

Penguin the Magpie is a global social media sensation with 140k followers on Instagram. People the world over have fallen in love with the stunning and deeply personal images of this rescued bird and her human family.

But there is far more to Penguin’s story than meets the eye.

In April 2016, ABC Books published Penguin Bloom – a unique journey of recovery and an extraordinary celebration of life featuring Cameron Bloom’s exceptional photographs and a captivating narrative by New York Times bestselling author Bradley Trevor Greive.

This is a true story of hope and courage. It begins with a shocking accident, in which Cameron's wife, Sam, suffers a near fatal fall that leaves her paralysed and deeply depressed. Into their lives comes Penguin, an injured magpie chick abandoned after she fell from her nest.

Penguin's rescue and the incredible joy and strength she gives Sam and all those who helped her survive demonstrates that, however bleak things seem, compassion, friendship and support can come from unexpected quarters, ensuring there are always better days ahead. This plucky little magpie reminds us all that, no matter how lost, fragile or damaged we feel, accepting the love of others and loving them in return will help to make us whole. see

The book is soon to be a motion picture starring Naomi Watts and produced by Reese Witherspoon.!

A good life to the end : taking control of our inevitable journey through ageing and death

Many of us have experienced an elderly loved one coming to the end of their life in a hospital - over-treated, infantilised and, worst of all, facing a death without dignity. Families are being herded into making decisions that are not to the benefit of the patient. 

Professor Ken Hillman has worked in intensive care since its inception. But he is appalled by the way the ICU has become a place where the frail, soon-to-die and dying are given unnecessary operations and life-prolonging treatments without their wishes being taken into account.

A Good Life to the End will embolden and equip us to ask about the options that doctors in hospital should offer us but mostly don’t. It lets us know that there are other, gentler options for patients and their loved ones that can be much more sympathetic to the final wishes of most people facing the end of their lives. 

An invaluable support for the elderly as well as their families, and a rallying cry for anyone who’s had to witness the unnecessary suffering of a loved one, A Good Life to the End will spark debate, challenge the status quo and change lives.

Wishes to die for : advance care directives that grant caregivers lasting peace

How to Let a Loved One Die with Dignity Do you know how to comfort a family member who is dying without letting your own emotions get in the way? Or would you do everything possible to keep your loved one alive because you can't bear the thought of losing them? Do you know how to follow a patient's Advanced Care Directive, a legal document that specifies how their family and doctors are to care for them if they become incapacitated? Caregivers are rarely able to let go of the ones they love. “I’m not there yet” or “I don’t know what to do” becomes a cry for help. Dr. Kevin Haselhorst, who has spent 25 years working in hospital emergency rooms, says caregivers need to be prepared, do what is best for the patient and know how to "let go." In Wishes to Die For, you will learn: • How to honor your loved one's final wishes, even if that means no feeding tubes or ventilators. • How to view death as a spiritual journey. • Why writing your own Advanced Care Directive helps you become a better caregiver.

I can't stop crying : it's so hard when someone you love dies

"I Can't Stop Crying is a down-to-earth book for all those who think they are alone."
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, MD
The death of someone close -- a spouse or partner -- can result in overwhelming grief. At the same time, society unrealistically expects people to recover from grief as quickly as possible.
I Can't Stop Crying looks at grieving as a painful but necessary process. The authors emphasize the importance of giving yourself permission to grieve and suggest steps for rebuilding your life without your loved one. They also look at how such a loss affects your relationship with family and friends, as well as your lifestyle, work habits, and hopes for the future. A useful appendix lists bereavement groups and other self-help organizations you can contact for assistance.
There is no way to lessen or quicken the grieving process. Recovery is possible only by taking the time to work through your pain. This compassionate and sensible book will help you take the first steps down that road. It can, and should, be read by anyone who has experienced a significant loss.

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