A Lifeline Series
These books provide a lifeline for anyone dealing with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s for a loved one, as well as facing end of life care and decision making. After my husband was diagnosed, we went through the normal stages of grief, but in the midst of all those emotions were overwhelmed with many of the practical and pragmatic decisions that needed to be made. Having this series of books at my fingertips is comfort for “our” journey as the information is right at our fingertips as it is needed and we are saved an enormous amount of time.....precious time, as it all is. Thank you for this priceless gift to families who find themselves living with this disease, as well as all of us who will be able to face the death of loved ones, as well as our own, with the grace and dignity it deserves.
Caregiving with no regrets
If you read this book and the other two books in the Comfort in their Journey series as soon as you step into the caregiver role, you will feel that you have done your best. Book 1, "A Most Meaningful LIfe: My dad and Alzheimer's," will show you that a diagnosis, particularly of Alzheimer's, plays out as individually as the person who lives with it. Laub's personal story will guide you through soul-searching, planning and providing care. She will show you how to make your loved one's time and yours as uplifting and worthwhile as possible.
Alzheimer's is a a reminder to smile about what was.... not cry about what is...
A few days after reading "A Most Meaningful Life," my mother died at age 95 after suffering from Alzheimer’s for two years. I wish I had had this book and the companion reference guides at the beginning of our family journey with my mom and the many challenges and decisions we faced. The book and its' companion pieces, "Peaceful Endings" and "Through the Rabbit Hole," contain so many stories, situations and decisions, that we also faced as a family. The books provided good, solid direction and advice that is almost impossible to find from the normal sources: the assisted living facilities, the skilled nursing facilities, the professional caregivers including the doctors, the nursing staff and the staff that run these facilities. I would recommend that anyone facing the care of a love one at the end of life take the time to read thru these books for the simple preparation that is required for that care. Trish Laub has spent the time to document all the areas that need consideration and planning. Thank you Trish!
No one wants to talk about the administrative parts of end-of-life care. But Trish walks you through many of the legal, financial and estate planning components that are so necessary to address. She also carefully explains hospice and palliative care and what to consider with burial or cremation. Use this book to plan for yourself and your loved ones. You will be so thankful you did.
Gives a voice to those who are dying and the ones who care for them
Trish gives life and meaning to the difficult topic of death. She helps the reader move forward starting from crisis management, to creating a plan and on to the final stretch. In addition, Trish addresses the need for caregivers to also take care of themselves. She reminds us that this journey is best when not walked alone, remembering the importance of surrounding yourself with people who are compassionate, supportive and caring.
The author is a strong capable writer in regard to providing care
This third book in the series brings us to a well-written narrative in regard to all things difficult and reveals some of the mystery behind the journey of caregiving. The idea of caregiving moves from being an impossible labyrinth to a clearer pathway. This series of books would be an excellent addition to any assisted living facility, skilled nursing facility, and the desk of every social worker and gerontologist.