The Validation Breakthrough

Naomi Feil, M.S.W., A.C.S.W., The Validation Breakthrough – Simple Techniques for Communicating with People with Alzheimer’s-Type Dementia, Health Professionals Press, Baltimore, Sydney, London. Though this book focuses on Alzheimer’s-Type Dementia, the principles for communication are valid and useful for relationships in general. This is a highly recommended core resource expecially for caregivers and pastoral care providers.

Multigenerational – Wings

Christopher Myers, Wings, Scholastic Inc., New York, NY. Beautifully illustrated story of a modern day Ikarus, challenges stigma and offers the opportunity to view differences as gifts. This is a recommnded core resource for Meetings, and for friends and family of people with challenges.

The Moon in the Water

Kathy J. Phillips, The Moon in the Water – Relections on an Aging Parent, 2008, Vanderbilt University Press, Nashville, Tennessee. A first person exploration of compassionate caregiving through a spiritual lens. This is a recommended resource especially for childrenwho are caring for aging parents.

Share the Care

Cappy Capossela and Sheila Warnock, Share the Care – How to Organize a Group to Care for Someone Who is seriously Ill, 2004, Fireside, New York, NY.  A how to book of guidelines and support for families, groups of friends, spiritual communities that covers many issues and concerns that may arise as well as practical tips for organizing. This is a recommended core resource for Meetings, pastoral caregivers, families or any group organizing to care for a person.

Hard Choices for Loving People

Hank Dunn, “Hard Choices for Loving People”: CPR, Artificial Feeding, Comfort Care and the Patient with a Life-Threatening Illness, Fifth Edition
(ISBN 978-1-928560-06-7). This is a recommended core resource for Meetings. Provides thorough information for people who may be facing decisions about end of life care or who are interested in learning more as they make decisions for advance directives.