"Christine, I agree 100% with your attempts to bring change to the end-of-life experience. Death is inevitable, and we need to treat the person's experience not just their diagnosis and help them live while realizing death is not a failure."
- Bernie Siegel, MD, author of Love, Medicine and Miracles
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Soul Service: A Hospice Guide to the Emotional and Spiritual Care for the Dying (Balboa Press, 2013) is a book that is focused on providing information for anyone interested in making the death process a natural and good one.The approach to mortality is not to be feared; yet a process to be better understood by the patient,caregiver,family member, friend and loved ones. It is a guide to servicing all aspects of the soul in transcendence.
Soul Service information is inspired by the work of oncology surgeon and hospice pioneer, Dr. Robert Cowgill, prior to his sudden death in 2006. We offer ideas on which the dying can be best serviced on all levels. We concentrate on the need for spiritual, emotional and complementary care to the terminally ill patient.
An idea that is long overdue is to change the way we perceive the topic of death and dying in America. Currently in America, most upcoming doctors and nurses are trained for the birth process with an OB/GYN rotation but there is no rotation or training for the death process. Coursework is not currently available that focuses on the importance of emotional, psychological and spiritual care to our dying population. Yet only some of us will have a baby but we will all die. We need to improve the training programs for medical and nursing schools.