Diary of a Death Doula
By: Debra Diamond, PhD - O-Books, $18.95
Description: Sooner or later, everyone eventually asks questions about end of life. What happens to me when my physical body dies? Is there an afterlife? If so, where do I go? Do my loved ones meet me? Will they usher me to the next plane of existence?
Verdict: In Diary of a Death Doula: 25 Lessons the Dying Teach Us About the Afterlife, psychic medium, and near-death experience researcher Debra Diamond presents the story of life as a hospice Death Doula, revealing 25 critical life lessons from those at the threshold of the afterlife, and those who have already crossed over, ultimately revealing a new way of understanding death.
In all honesty, I can say that I knew nothing of this position in life, but having now finished the book in two easy sittings, I have to say that it is, without a shadow of a doubt, a very helpful book for all who want to be prepared for their own end-of-life or for that of their loved ones.
This would be great long before knowing about our dying process. Oh, and it is a good resource for those wanting to become a death doula, which is about helping to escort others to a peaceful end-of-life experience.
For those curious, but now wholly knowledgeable, much like myself, a death doulaís work ranges from logistical planning for the time before, during and after of death; conducting rituals or comforting practices; helping the dying person reflect on their life and values; and explaining the bodily functions of dying to caregivers.
When people say someone had ďa good death,Ē they usually mean that someone was comfortable and not in pain. But what if you could help their final days include the things they treasure - like their favorite song playing, who is at their bedside, even the scent of a candle in the room - so they feel at peace.
Thatís why some people turn to end-of-life doulaís. They are among the professionals who can help someone prepare for their death and reflect on their life: their greatest joys and regrets, any fears or worries on their mind, and how they want to be remembered
Itís work that many people donít want to think about, let alone be present for, but here in Diary of a Death Doula, Debra provides a unique perspective on dying and death, topics we tend to fear but that each of us needs to understand.
And believe me, Diary of a Death Doula is not only a story of Debraís own personal experiences, but also a guide, a general oversight to help families and loved ones understand the processes involved in the death of the physical body.
With the unique perspective of both a caregiver and a medium, the end of physical life is presented with an insight and detail that includes both the physical and spiritual connections between the patient, their families, caregivers and non-physical beings who join in to facilitate the transition.
About the Author - Debra Diamond, Ph.D. is a psychic/medium, author and death doula. A former Wall Street money manager, CNBC commentator and Johns Hopkins University professor, life took a turn in 2008 when a transformational experience left Debra with unconventional powers as a clairvoyant.
She has a Ph.D. in Metaphysics from the Esoteric Interfaith Theological Seminary, an MBA from The George Washington University. Debra lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
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