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Midwife For Souls

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This understanding can only serve to make us all more tender and compassionate emissaries of love to one another. It deals with only with living people preparing to die, but with dying people preparing to live......Fr. Michael Mannion
Paperback, 2nd Edition (revised), 145 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Pauline Books & Media
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May 13, 2009 Laurence rated it it was amazing
There's a beautiful symmetry between natural birth and natural death, and the author, a Catholic nurse who works in hospice care, humbly shares her experiences about easing the soul into eternity. I haven't seen anyone die or accompanied people in their journey toward death, so I learned a lot about the physical, psychological and spiritual aspects of death as well as what it takes to make your peace with God (sometimes very little) to be happy ever after. No two stories are alike, some are mira ...more
Dec 14, 2011 Carol rated it liked it
This book had a lot of good information for people that work with / care for the dying.The hospice nurse that wrote it was advocating that hospice nurses should be sure patients are spirtually ready to die - meaning "Christians." There is still a lot of good information and insights. Some interesting stories/ examples, but the lack of respect for spiritual diversity was hard for me. I do understand that hospice nurses build relationships with families and might encounter spiritual issues especia ...more
Oct 27, 2014 Kristin rated it liked it
I feel like the book should have been called
"Christian" care for the dying, or "Catholic" care for the dying - it was far from a general spiritual perspective, which is why I purchased the book. I am looking forward to reading other 'how to be a soul midwife' books to fill in the cultural and spiritual gaps. I did enjoy the personal stories at the end.
Lisa Shultz
May 03, 2016 Lisa Shultz rated it it was amazing
A book about dying that was heartwarming, informative and filled with grace. Even though it was a guide to hospice care workers, it was very fitting to anyone who is with a terminally ill person. I am grateful it was recommended to me and will shout out its praise to all who need guidance as a loved one approaches death.
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Jul 08, 2012 Heidi Browne ricks rated it really liked it
As a midwife I really appreciated this book. No one who has attended a deaths and births could fail to see the similarities in the processes. I loved the collaboration between a hospice worker and a midwife. I was concerned that the Christian basis would be tough to take but it was not overwhelming.
Dec 26, 2015 Laura added it
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Tackled a difficult subject with tender grace. A few passages were helpful to address the issues of what happens to our body as/when we die. Suggestions for how to engage and provide care were helpful, but overall the book is a helpful tool for professionals in hospice work.
Heather Spiegel
Jul 10, 2016 Heather Spiegel rated it it was amazing
As a new hospice worker, her insight is priceless. It is a master giving knowledge to the apprentice. It is hard to put spiritual feelings and situations into words, and she has done so.
Nancy Groves
Jan 22, 2015 Nancy Groves rated it it was amazing
This book gently prepares families when a loved one is terminally ill. The author's in-depth information, shared compassionately, reduces some of the anxiety for families.
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Feb 23, 2016 Elizabeth Doggett rated it really liked it
Fascinating and true to my experience with my dying mother. Profound testimony that dying is a true birthing to something else.
Stacey Canfield
I couldn't put it down! Kathy's intimate journey teaches the grace needed in the care of the transitioning soul. A must read for anyone preparing to say goodbye to a loved one.
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