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Ten Thousand Joys & Ten Thousand Sorrows by Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle, 2010.
An American Buddhist documents six difficult but rewarding years of caring for her husband, a professor and Buddhist teacher, who developed Alzheimer’s Disease.  She explores the spiritual dimensions of caregiving.

(previously published as The Majesty of Your Loving, 2008)

 

 

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The Moon in the Water: Reflections on an Aging Parent by Kathy J. Phillips, 2008.
A professor at the University of Hawaii describes her experiences caring for an aging parent by drawing on allusions to Water-Moon Kuan Yin (Guanyin), a mythical East Asian Buddhist teacher/goddess associated with compassion.

 

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Dying with Confidence: A Tibetan Buddhist Guide to Preparing for Death by Anyen Rinpoche & Eileen Permut Cahoon, 2010.
Encouraging readers to honestly look at both life and death, and to contemplate our impermanence deeply, the author shows us how to use the very process of dying to further our goal of enlightenment, compassion, and a wise and fulfilling life in the here-and-now.

 

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The Mindful Caregiver: Finding Ease in the Caregiving Journey by Nancy L. Kriseman, 2014.
This book seeks to give caregivers inspiration, encouragement, and guidance for finding ease in their caregiving journey.  It provides suggestions and tips that caregivers can use to care for themselves as well as the person with whom they are caring.  It also highlights the practices of mindfulness and honoring “the spirit-side” of caregiving.

 

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Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death by Joan Halifax, 2009.
This book seeks to provide comfort, inspiration, and practical skills for those who are dying or caring for a dying person.  The author’s teaching, based on Zen Buddhist principles, emphasizes our ability to rely on our inner strength and help others who are suffering to do the same.  She offers stories, guided exercises and contemplations to help readers meditate on death without fear, develop a commitment to helping others, and transform suffering and resistance into courage.  The author is a former medical anthropologist and a Buddhist teacher who founded the Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she serves as abbot.

 

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Leaves Falling Gently: Living Fully with Serious & Life-Limiting Illness through Mindfulness, Compassion, & Connectedness by Susan Bauer-Wu, 2011.
This book is meant to help those with a life-limiting illness to live more fully and openly than ever before.  It explores ways to make peace with yourself and deepen connections with friends and family.  It is a guide to the mindfulness and compassion practices that will help you embrace the present moment, despite your illness.  Each simple practice, personal reflection, and guided meditation is designed to deepen your joy and enhance your capacity for gratitude, generosity, and love.  The author, who is the Director of the Compassionate Care Initiative at the University of Virginia School of Nursing, seeks to help you regain the strength to live fully, regardless of the changes and challenges that come.

 

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The Tibetan Book of the Dead or The Great Liberation by Hearing in the Intermediate States (Tibetan Title) by Karma-glin-pa, Padma Sambhava, Gyurme Dorje, Graham Coleman, Thupten Jinpa, and Bstan-dzin-rgya-mtsho, 2006.
Contains a translation of the key Buddhist text that follows a Buddhist priest and student as they guide a deceased person into afterlife, chronicling the progress of the soul through death and rebirth in three stages.

 

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Gone From My Sight (the dying experience) by Barbara Karnes, 1986.
This large print, bestselling booklet, helps caregivers recognize the signs of approaching death in a person they are caring for.  Guidelines are succinct and easy to understand. Summaries of what to expect during various periods are given.  They include, one to three months, one to two weeks, and days, hours and minutes.  Also available in Spanish.

 

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Aging as a Spiritual Practice: A Contemplative Guide to Growing Older and Wiser by Lewis Richmond, 2012.
Offers a Buddhist perspective on aging well, with anecdotes of the author’s experiences with illness, aging, and transformation, as well as guided meditations.

 

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Healing Lazarus: A Buddhist’s Journey from Near Death to New Life by Lewis Richmond, 2002.
The author, a successful Buddhist teacher, software designer, musician and author, contracted viral encephalitis, a rare brain disease, and went into a coma for 10 days.  While recovering, he experienced an acute neuropsychiatric complication from a therapeutic drug that posed a second life-threatening challenge.  This book is both a Buddhist teaching story and an account of the deeply rooted fears and anxieties that became Richmond’s companions on the healing journey.

 

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Creating Mandalas for Insight, Healing and Self-Expression by Susanne F. Fincher, 1991 (Rev-2010)
This book describes the history and practical application of creating mandalas as a form of insight and therapy.  Mandalas are seen as arising from many ancient cultures and continue to be useful, such as ancient Tibetan sand painting and “thangka” mandalas, which serve as visual aids to Buddhist spiritual and religious practice.  The author’s section on creating and interpreting mandalas draws on the psychological theories of Jung, Neumann, Von Franz, Edinger, Rhoda Kellogg and Joan Kellogg.  It has instructions for beginning mandala work, including: kinds of art materials, setting, relaxation techniques for preparation, dating each work and ordering sequence, and affixing a spontaneous title.  From guided self-interpretation of each mandala, a pattern of meaning can emerge.  Keeping a journal of the sequential process is a key part of the healing journey.