Along the Road-Tales of the Journey
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Description: Along the Road-Tales from the Journey is a practical guide for patients and families going through some very serious and difficult issues. It is here to enable focus and meaning in a time that is fraught with confusion and pain. It is also for people who are not involved in hospice--people that recognize the value of keeping track of the journey for others to have ''in case'' they should suddenly be removed from the trail of life. It is for those who recognize the personal value in journaling their days for self-reflection and perspective. It is for those who know they are dying, and for those whose dying is ''a long ways off.'' This workbook is a series of prompts that will help you notice the trail markers in your life and journey. It is a guidebook that you will write to show others the path you have taken. It is a place to reveal who you are so others may learn. So, go at it with a poetic relish for words and the telling. Endorsements: ''I had every intention of documenting the lives of my father and mother somehow, before they left this life. But time slipped by, and now I have so little to remember them by . . . and, so much of their histories are unknown to me. This workbook is brilliant, and it's easy and fun. Get to work on it with your loved one now. You'll be so happy that you did.'' --Karen Taylor-Good Grammy-nominated songwriter, speaker, author, and Hospice ''groupie''! ''You are one of a kind, there will never be another, quite you like you. But just think about all you have seen and done! Think of all of the people you know and have known. Will you please tell us what the world has looked like from behind your eyes? How has life seemed, sounded, and felt like to you all these years? Please tell us some stories, so that we can share them with people you love and love you. Let them share your memories, wisdom, and wit, and perhaps, pass them along to others, even years from now, so that they, too, can know you. Have a seat, sip a beverage, flip through this book in your hand and take us Along the Road. With the help of someone to listen, write, or record what you have to say, it's time to begin . . .'' --Ira Byock, MD author of Dying Well and The Four Things That Matter Most About the Contributor(s): Tom Johnson-Medland is the Food Services Manager for Pocono Plateau Camp and Retreat Center in Cresco, Pennsylvania. He is the author of Turning Within (1998). He worked in hospice care for twelve years. Tom continues to publish articles on end-of-life issues, spiritual direction and formation, and food service management. He lives at the camp with his wife Glinda and sons Zachary and Josiah.