Every person will experience the loss of a loved one and will personally face death – which makes the need for this type of resource universal. The goal of our book is to provide tools for individuals, family members, and professional care givers, to enhance relationships with elders and dying loved ones. While the primary emphasis of the book is on aging and end-of-life, these tools can be used to enhance any inter-generational relationship.
As we discussed, the book is both a compilation of inspiring stories and conversation starters, as well as a handbook, to help you and your loved ones engage in meaningful and healing conversations at this crucial time of life. There are stories and questions around key themes: getting to know them better, enhancing and mending relationships, finding peace and acceptance toward end of life, positive aging, what to do after a serious diagnosis, and loving them goodbye.
In our interview we discussed what is unique about healing conversations and how they support the notion of person-centered care. What makes them unique is the use of open-ended and positive questions that elicit powerful stories in the key areas mentioned above. By asking these types of questions, we get to know the whole person (beyond their usual day-to-day roles) AND strengthen the relationship – which, as you know, has positive benefits, both physically and psychologically.
Sonja Lyubomirsky’s research on aging correlates greater social interaction with improved health and vitality. Studies show that when people interact with others their sense of well-being increases. They take fewer medications and live longer. The core “dis-ease” of isolation and separation is healed.
While this book was originally conceived for individual family members and loved ones, there is a swell of interest from professional care providers to understand the link between healing conversations and how they can positively influence quality of care, patient satisfaction, and employee satisfaction. We see this a perfect complement to person-centered care.
We look forward to sharing more with you in the coming weeks – inspiring stories, conversation starters, and tips to create your own Healing Conversations Now!