Is there a Better Way To Deal with Death and Dying? with Henry Fersko-Weiss & Marissa Moss
Tuesday May 16 – 6pm
Oblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck
Death is inevitable, and most of us will have to deal with the death of a loved one at some point in our life. Not that long ago most people would have expected to die at home and family members would have been actively involved in the care and preparation of close relatives for death, with accepted grieving rituals to follow that helped us heal. Death was accepted as part of life. More and more, Western culture seeks to shield us from aging, illness and death in a way many believe is harmful. Is there a better way? Join us for an evening of discussion with Henry Fersko-Weiss & Marissa Moss.
In Caring for the Dying: The Doula Approach to a Meaningful Death, Henry Fersko-Weiss describes a whole new way to approach death and dying, and explores how the dying and their families can bring deep meaning and great comfort to the care given at the end of a life. The end-of-life doula model is adapted from the work of birth doulas and helps the dying to find meaning in their life, express that meaning in powerful and beautiful legacies, and plan for the final days. The approach calls for around-the-clock vigil care, so the dying person and their family have the emotional and spiritual support they need along with guidance on signs and symptoms of dying. It also covers the work of reprocessing a death with the family afterward and the early work of grieving.
Henry Fersko-Weiss, LCSW, is executive director of the International End-of-Life Doula Association. In 2003, Henry created the very first End-of-Life Doula Program in the US at a hospice in New York City and has built many other programs based on his model. His work has been featured in the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and elsewhere. He is on the faculty of the Open Center’s Art of Dying Institute. Author image Dylan Robbins.
Last Things is the true and intensely personal story of how the author coped with the devastating effects of a catastrophic illness in her family. Using her trademark mix of words and pictures to sharp effect, Marissa Moss presents the story of how she, her husband, and her three young sons struggled to maintain their sense of selves and wholeness as a family and how they continued on with everyday life when the earth shifted beneath their feet. After returning home from a year abroad, Marissa’s husband, Harvey, was diagnosed with ALS. The disease progressed quickly, and Marissa was soon consumed with caring for Harvey while trying to keep life as normal as possible for her young children.
Marissa Moss has written more than seventy books, from picture books to middle-grade and young adult novels. Best known for the Amelia’s Notebook series (over 5 million sold), her books are popular with teachers and children alike. Her picture book, Barbed Wire Baseball, won the California Book Award, Gold medal. Marissa is also the founder of Creston Books, an independent children’s publishing house.