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A Companion in Words and Images
By Linda Watson, M.R.E., M.Div., Th.M.
Winner of the 2010 Benjamin Franklin Award!
(Gift Book Category)
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Winner of the 2009 National Best Books Award!
(Spirituality: Journals & Quotes category)
"Highly recommended as a gift book for anyone confronting the end of their lives, as well as and [sic] those closest to them."
Midwest Book Review
"This book could be very helpful for some patients and their carers. The texts cover a range of situations, and while many might be categorized as 'warm and fuzzy', several express the distress and strong emotions often experienced by patients facing end of life situations . . . I would see the book as a useful addition to the pastoral care section of the library of a palliative care unit, as well as being available for patients and relatives to use, with information on how to order the book for individual use."
"This easy to read mini-book is filled with inspirational ideas, thought-provoking sentences and incredibly stunning photographs. Much of the general public can relate to the universal themes illustrated. Anyone interested in self-reflection can read a page at a time to provide 'food for thought'. In addition, the book can be used by health care professionals as springboard to open dialogue, particularly with clients facing life-limiting illness. We believe this to be a simple yet potentially powerful tool that can provide comfort to those grieving."
-Rose De Angelis, RN, MSc (A), CHPCN (C), Assistant Executive Director/Nursing Director, and Teresa Dellar, MSW, PSW, CT, Executive Director /Founder, The West Island Palliative Care Residence
"Author Linda Watson and photographer Maggie Sale have combined their considerable talents to produce a visually stunning book entitled Facing Death: A Companion In Words and Images. Drawing upon the teachings of the Abrahamic faiths, Native American wisdom, poets, and sages, they have crafted a volume with words to live by, comfort for those facing the end of life and a balm for those who are grieving. Part inspiration and part diary for collecting your own thoughts, reflections, and pictures, this beautiful book stands as a lovely gift to someone who is struggling with illness or mourning or for yourself as you make meaning of the journey."
-Eunice Gorman RN, BSW, MSW, PhD, RSW, Thanatology, Department of Interdisciplinary Programs, King's University College at U.W.O.
"Linda Watson has created a brilliant journal filled with awe-inspiring photography whose beauty is only surpassed by the poignancy of the written messages. A simple yet profound work, it offers a way out of suffering and into peace for people who are dying and bereaved."
Rev. Linda M. Amador, MDiv, MPH, CT, CRP, Christian Minister, Certified Thanatologist, Spiritual Director, Grief Facilitator, Hospice/Hospital Chaplain
"This book will touch your heart and soul with hope, even in the midst of grief, through inspirational sayings and pictures. This book also provides a unique opportunity for the reader to capture their thoughts as well as sayings that have inspired them during their grief journey. Facing Death: A Companion in Words and Images combines the thoughts and inspirations of the writer and the reader."
-Jan Borgman, LISW-S, FT, Bereavement Manager, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
"I opened the book and found a beautiful gift. The images quicken my heart and remind me of the beauty I’ve experienced at the bedside of dying loved ones and clients. Each page invites me to stop, meditate and appreciate. Exquisite images and words will lighten any heart facing death . . . and life."
-Joan Chadbourne EdD, Founder of Healing Conversations Now and author of Healing Conversations Toward End-of-Life
"The quotations, reflections, and affirmations collected in this book can be used by a wide variety of individuals…. I'm sure my colleagues in Hospice will add it to their resources to share with patients and their families, as well as occasionally using it for their own reflection and renewal." Catherine Parsons Emmett, MSN, ARNP, Ph.D. Candidate Clinical Nurse Specialist, LifePath Hospice (Tampa, FL)
"This book is particularly valuable because it provides the opportunity for thoughtful dialogue and allows for families to evolve their own unique perspective."
-The Honourable Sharon Carstairs, P.C., Canadian Senate
Watson masterfully weaves stunning photographs with poems and verses that
provoke thoughts and images of peace and spiritual awareness for those
on their final journey in life. I highly recommend this book to those
facing death, or their loved ones, as a means of creating a positive connection
to the world as they leave their legacy behind on this earth."
O. Long, Ph.D., RN, Co-Director, Palliative Care for Advanced Dementia