Caring for the Dying: The Doula Approach to a Meaningful Death Audiobook, by Henry  Fersko-Weiss Play Audiobook Sample

Caring for the Dying: The Doula Approach to a Meaningful Death Audiobook

Caring for the Dying: The Doula Approach to a Meaningful Death Audiobook, by Henry  Fersko-Weiss Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Barry Abrams Publisher: Tantor Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 4.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.50 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: June 2017 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781541474499

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Longest Chapter Length:

57:34 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

06:19 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

30:02 minutes

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Publisher Description

Caring for the Dying describes a whole new way to approach death and dying. It explores how the dying and their families can bring deep meaning and great comfort to the care given at the end of a life.

Created by Henry Fersko-Weiss, the end-of-life doula model is adapted from the work of birth doulas and helps the dying to find meaning in their life, express that meaning in powerful and beautiful legacies, and plan for the final days. The approach calls for around-the-clock vigil care, so the dying person and their family have the emotional and spiritual support they need along with guidance on signs and symptoms of dying. It also covers the work of reprocessing a death with the family afterward and the early work of grieving. Emphasis is placed on the space around the dying person and encourages the use of touch, guided imagery, and ritual during the dying process.

Throughout the book Fersko-Weiss tells amazing and encouraging stories of the people he has cared for, as well as stories that come from doulas he has trained and worked with over the years.

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“Experiences from the author’s many years as an end-of-life doula illustrate the concepts presented and provide examples that readers can apply and adapt to their own situations. This book appears to be the first and only title available on end-of-life doulas…Written for families and caregivers, this book provides a clear overview of end-of-life doulas and a compelling case for their wider use in terminal care. It also supplies some wonderful ideas and techniques for all readers who want to have a more peaceful, meaningful death for themselves or their loved ones.”

— Library Journal (starred review) 


  • “With Buddhist calm and a sense of thoughtful presence, Fersko-Weiss shares the core tools doulas use to help the dying approach ‘ego integrity’…Enough detail is included that families without access to a doula could successfully use many of the ideas on their own…A desperately needed reminder of the value of facing life’s most difficult transitions with open eyes and hearts.”

    — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • Fersko-Weiss's perspective is a desperately needed reminder of the value of facing life's most difficult transitions with open eyes and hearts.

    — Publishers Weekly Starred Review


  • A Library Journal Best Book of 2017 in Health & Medicine

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About Henry Fersko-Weiss

Henry Fersko-Weiss is executive director of the International End-of-Life Doula Association. In 2003, he created the very first End-of-Life Doula Program in the United States at a hospice in New York City and has built many other programs based on his model.

About Barry Abrams

Barry Abrams has narrated and produced audiobooks for a variety of publishers. Since 2012, he has also hosted and produced ESPN’s In the Gate podcast. Based in Danbury, Connecticut, he also engineers and calls live webcasts of his son’s ice hockey games.