The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning

How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter

Author: Margareta Magnusson

Publisher: Canongate Books

ISBN: 1786891093

Category: Self-Help

Page: 144

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Döstädning, or the art of death cleaning, is a Swedish phenomenon by which the elderly and their families set their affairs in order. Whether it's sorting the family heirlooms from the junk, downsizing to a smaller place, or setting up a system to help you stop misplacing your keys, death cleaning gives us the chance to make the later years of our lives as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Whatever your age, Swedish death cleaning can be used to help you de-clutter your life, and take stock of what's important. Margareta Magnusson has death cleaned for herself and for many others. Radical and joyous, her guide is an invigorating, touching and surprising process that can help you or someone you love immeasurably, and offers the chance to celebrate and reflect on all the tiny joys that make up a long life along the way.

How to Have "the Conversation": Talking With Family About End of Life.

Author: Norman Crampton,Rev. Donald A. Jones

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 1483494497

Category: Reference

Page: N.A

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“A warm, reassuring, faith-based guide to some of the most important—and in their own way, sacred—acts of forethought and planning that you will ever confront.” —Katy Butler, bestselling author of Knocking on Heaven’s Door and The Art of Dying Well How this book fits into life plans A growing number of older people are beginning to think about having what’s called “the conversation” with family and close friends—talking about the practical and spiritual matters that become important toward the end of life. And that's new. Death is probably the last taboo topic in America. But this book is set before a crisis, when you're blessed with good health, can talk confidently—and expect to live forever! This book is for caring people. It’s practical, readable, and concise, providing both motive and plan for having the conversation with dear ones.

TIME the New Mindfulness

Author: The Editors of TIME

Publisher: Time Home Entertainment

ISBN: 154784468X

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 96

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We live in challenging times. How can we stay sane and balanced? The New Mindfulness, the new Special Edition from the Editors of TIME takes a look at mindfulness-becoming, and remaining centered with thoughtful practices for body and spirit, including breathing, yoga, healthy eating, restful sleep, meditation and prayer, and more. This Special Edition features thought-provoking articles on the benefits of mindfulness for overcoming anxiety, depression, chronic pain, problems of aging, and more. Distinct sections-"Modern Calm," "Life Balance," and "Body Harmony"-are filled with helpful how-tos, clear explanations of the latest scientific theory, insights into human psychology, and tips on fostering mindfulness in ourselves and our children. With dozens of illuminating full-color photos and illustrations, The New Mindfulness is a must-have for everyone who wants to rise above overstretched schedules and overtaxed lives to become truly present.

The Art of Dying Well

A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life

Author: Katy Butler

Publisher: Scribner

ISBN: 1501135317

Category: Self-Help

Page: 288

View: 8257


A reassuring and thoroughly researched guide to maintaining a high quality of life—from resilient old age to the first inklings of a serious illness to the final breath—by the New York Times bestselling author of Knocking on Heaven’s Door. The Art of Dying Well is about living as well as possible for as long as possible and adapting successfully to change. Packed with extraordinarily helpful insights and inspiring true stories, award-winning journalist and prominent end-of-life speaker Katy Butler shows how to thrive in later life (even when coping with a chronic medical condition), how to get the best from our health system, and how to make your own “good death” more likely. This handbook of step by step preparations—practical, communal, physical, and sometimes spiritual—will help you make the most of your remaining time, be it decades, years, or months. Butler explains how to successfully age in place, why to pick a younger doctor and how to have an honest conversation with her, when not to call 911, and how to make your death a sacred rite of passage rather than a medical event. This down-to-earth manual for living, aging, and dying with meaning and even joy is based on Butler’s own experience caring for aging parents, as well as hundreds of interviews with people who have successfully navigated a fragmented health system and helped their loved ones have good deaths. It also draws on interviews with nationally recognized experts in family medicine, palliative care, geriatrics, oncology, hospice, and other medical specialties. Inspired by the medieval death manual Ars Moriendi, or the Art of Dying, The Art of Dying Well is the definitive update for our modern age, and illuminates the path to a better end of life.