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A Chance to Say Goodbye: Reflections on Losing a Parent

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Award winning author, Lisa J. Shultz, is of the Baby Boomer generation and lost her father, age 89 in 2015. She embraces a challenging and often avoided topic of facing the end-of-life stage of a loved one. With courage, vulnerability and love, she recounts her dad's storied life, including its difficult ending. Wrought with what she felt was unnecessary suffering in for a ...more
Paperback, 242 pages
Published April 19th 2017 by High Country Publications
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Gwen Velsor
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This personal narrative of a universal experience is both touching and useful. Lisa gently guides the way through navigating the death of a parent, an experience many will face but few will be prepared for. Her honesty on a difficult topic is refreshing. After reading this book, I feel more confident in facing what lies ahead.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed Lisa's latest book. She is a dear friend and one of the most dedicated and talented woman I know. I applaud her courage to share her story with the sincere intent to make other's journeys more gentle, loving and responsible, both for the family members, the dying and the community at large. I agonized with the pain that she shared and triumphed with the honor she bestowed upon her father. Her amazing girls share from their heart and their words were so sincere and inspiring. ...more
Debie Monax
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lisa did a wonderful job sharing with us her relationship with her father who lived well. I was fascinated to hear the stories relating to his role in the Navy fighting in World War II. This book is an invaluable tool for people to use to research many end of life issues, and the resources provided were priceless! Most importantly what I learned and what we all need to know, is to communicate and love now in the present moment, since it is, after-all, the one sure thing we have!", Debie Monax, A ...more
Amy Simper
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Written from the heart, Lisa shares personal insight about family relationships, changing dynamics and rebuilding/recovery during the dying process of her father. This is a loving tribute to the reconciliation with, the caring for, and the grieving the loss of a father. Lisa emphatically pours out her personal struggles with dealing with the health care community, abrupt changes in the health of someone seemingly bigger than life, the entanglement of emotional mood changes and the exhausting rol ...more
Summer Johnke
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In A Chance to Say Goodbye, Lisa Shultz bravely addresses a topic that most people are hesitant to talk about. In doing so, she gives her readers a language with which to talk to their loved ones about death. Lisa is honest about the dying process and all that comes after it, and her honesty comes from a place of depth and compassion. I would recommend this book to anyone who is dealing with the death or illness of a loved one, or anyone who just wants to be more prepared for when this time does ...more
Ted Dreier
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book captured my attention. I wanted to keep reading to the end. The feelings shared add a personal tone that helps one become a part of Lisa's journey. Lisa has done a good job of sharing feelings, history and words of wisdom as we look at our own relationships. ...more
Bart Windrum
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a layperson end-of-life author myself, since 2004 I’ve read over 120 books delving one way or another into our troubled engagement with our end days. Lisa’s stands out in several ways.

First, its organization…thirty-plus chapters in a 220 page book indicate an analytical orientation. My own approach to EOL matters is analytical so I am drawn to and appreciate this in EOL writings although I know many people are not and don’t. Yet analyze we must given our troubled times, and Lisa usefully con
Dr. Lisa Cowley
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This well written tribute where the author recounts her father's life, paying special attention to his last days and months is both powerful and thought provoking. In addition, the author expands upon her personal story by helping others through creating a section toward the end where she asks the reader questions that can be used in group discussion or personal reflection. These questions regard end of life preparation and other important prompters are listed. In a book I co-authored, "Pack Lig ...more
Rick Bava
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It is my honor to write this review of the poignant book-" A Chance to Say Goodbye," by Lisa J. Shultz. The story of Lisa and her father, is the readers story. As a Baby Boomer, we face the challenges of caring for our Elderly Parents, and when we lose them, it can be heartbreaking and devastating. Fortunately, their are award winning Authors, like Lisa J. Shultz, to guide you through this process from her own experience, and deliver a story that shares her family history, and learned lessons, w ...more
Tara Becker
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Losing a parent can be difficult to say the least especially if there is unfinished business. I appreciate the transparency Lisa reveals about her father/daughter relationship and the healing that occurred. The valuable resources shared in A Chance To Say Goodbye on how to prepare for navigating the complexities of the “end of life” path are precious.
TheReadingCornerforAll Lopez
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a beautiful book that generously imparts all the emotions that arise after the death of someone you love.
Giselle McDonough
I enjoyed reading this book because Lisa made me feel like I really got to know her father and their relationship. She made it very personal by sharing so much about the emotional side of her love, fears and frustrations as the daughter and caregiver to her dad.

I am going through the same thing right now caring for my elderly parents and watching them decline both physically and cognitively. Many times I feel overwhelmed caring for them and have to have so much patience in dealing with their dai
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