Presents a timely primer for readers who are facing the death of their loved ones, their own death, or are bereaved

Product Code: 8899
ISBN: 9781039114258
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Friesen Press
Pages: 216
Published Date: 11/09/2021
Availability:In stock
Price: $19.99

“You people are angels!”

This is how many respond to those who work in palliative care. How hospice care professionals manage the emotional tension of being surrounded by sick, dying, and grief-stricken people is unfathomable.

Over her 20 years of work as a hospice counsellor, author Dr. Breiddal, has collected stories of how ordinary people face death and dying. In this living body of work she reveals the skills needed, along with the struggles and rewards of providing hospice care. Bridging memoir and creative nonfiction, she weaves together theory and practice in the service of the dying and their families.

Breiddal aims to make the often-strange reality of death accessible through an intimate, raw, and realistic portrayal of the art of providing loving end-of-life care. Admittedly, being called to this work is to be pulled out of everyday life which requires a willingness to have one’s sense of safety and familiarity challenged: to be off-balance, to surrender to uncertainty, change, discomfort and growth. Encouraging a relational way to encounter mortality, she offers hope that caring for the dying and bereaved is a paradoxical opportunity to open up to life.

By entwining her personal and professional experiences, the author presents a timely primer for readers who are facing the death of their loved ones, their own death, or are bereaved. Additionally, both those currently working in the field or considering a career in palliative care will find In the shadow of angels: Intimate stories from a hospice counsellor a fascinating read.

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Beginnings: What it means to work in palliative care
Chapter One: Hearing the call to hospice
Chapter Two: Sharing my own story
Chapter Three: Councellors find being present challenging
Chapter Four: Being a counsellor requires empathy
Chapter Five: When resources are lacking counsellors have to make tough decisions
Chapter Six: Everyone on the team needs emotional support
Chapter Seven: Not living up to our own standards is painful
Chapter Eight: Ongoing professional development is required but not always helpful
Chapter Nine: When professional development really helps
Chapter Ten: This is why we stay

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by Jane Johnston
on 4/4/2022
from Victoria BC
In The Shadow of Angels: intimate stories from a hospice counsellor
This poignant memoir offers good food for thoughtful consideration. I think anyone considering a career in palliative care counselling, or  those interested in the broader topic will benefit from reading this book. I was most touched by the telling of Susan’s infant son’s unexpected death, and how their family navigated through the terrible and sacred time of grief, supported by community. These stories have really stayed with me.
by karen cunningham
on 4/2/2022
from California
Shadow of angels
This is a must read book and we need to hear more. Death is an important part of life that needs to normalized- as in not hidden away . The author deals well with a difficult subject 
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