Already an Amazon best-seller within seven days of its debut launch, The Soul Sitter's Handbook has been embraced by Moores Cancer Center and local hospice organizations. And now the authors have been gratified to find that many other hospice organizations throughout the country have been requesting the book to incorporate into their volunteer trainings.
The book provides a simple, practical, step-by-step blueprint for those feeling confused and lost as a result of the experience. The authors define a “soul sitter” as a person who is present at the final passing of a loved one, and a person or group of people who are present for the journey of someone’s terminal illness. They then stress the differences between a “caregiver”
The book goes on to delve into some of the most sensitive aspects of death, dying, grief, guilt, and feelings of abandonment that can arise with loss. And it offers practical advice and emotional support for soul sitters by dispensed this advice with grace and dignity, helping them cope with resulting stresses frequently suffered by them, further offering reassurance that they will survive the experience, and even emerge more resiliently from it.
“Facing loss, even when we are prepared for them, is not easy, especially as we enter the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays,” Canfield notes. “Having gone through this experience myself and having been present for four of my relatives (some who passed away near or during the holidays), I knew there would be a place for a supportive book and website to help comfort others also going through the experience of losing a loved one, regardless of the time of year.”
Observes Conradi: “Losses can't be avoided. But having proper information and knowing what to expect places us in a better place to walk through it with peace of mind, knowing we have done all that we can to have made the experience complete.”
Among the many valuable insights the authors share throughout the book with their readers:
-How to create a comprehensive blueprint to equip and comfort one's loved ones physically, emotionally, and spiritually at one's passing.
-How to overcome anxiety over having the tough conversation about death
-Five core elements that will provide peace of mind for one's end-of-life desires and care.
-How to remove any doubt or question in family members’ minds as to how a dying loved one wishes to live out their final days.
-How to advocate for a dying loved one and clearly inform personal caregivers by sharing exact needs and desires with them, thereby removing stressful guessing games and or misunderstandings.
-How to leave behind the legacy that one truly wants to be remembered for, in a way that will last for generations to come.
-How to fulfill a dream to say goodbye to all of the important people in one's life, and more importantly, create a space for resolution and healing with those who matter most.
-How to give one's family and friends the opportunity to know one in a way they do not (or would not) ordinarily experience on a daily basis.
Dr. Michael J. Sasevich, Founder of the Inspirational Heart Center observes: "Death is inevitable. This book transforms our cultural beliefs of fear and denial into beauty, grace and inspiration. Read it and allow your heart to be touched and restored."
And Rebecca Williams, PhD., author of “The Mindfulness Workbook For Addiction: A Guide To Coping With The Grief, Stress, And Anger That Trigger Addictive Behaviors” states: “...Stacey's Soul Sitter's Handbook is like a good friend's arm around your shoulder. Comforting and thoughtful. This is one of the best books I have read on loss and the healing power of staying in the present moment. I recommend this handbook for anyone struggling to make sense of loss and for those who want to find the sacred moments in challenging times.”
The Soul Sitter website provides additional articles, experts, and support for those facing loss. The authors proudly note that all information and underlying support is free to those who visit. And for a limited time, in advance of the holidays, the authors have decided to offer a special free gift entitled “Passage Plan” that describes how to become one's own “soul's advocate.”
The 40 page free report provides unique guidance on how to carefully share one's spiritual, emotional, and physical desires with loved ones, and eliminate guessing games (especially in the event of an accident or unexpected tragedy). The report further illustrates how to make life becomes richer and more fulfilling once death is accepted as an inevitable part of life's experience.
To learn more about the book, related events, the authors' book signing schedule, or to book the authors as featured speakers at future events, readers can visit: www.soulsitters.com
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