Spiritual Care Resources
Free Guided Meditations
These spiritual care meditations, including Essential Phowa and the Heart Practice, are a support for healing, greiving or preparing for death. They are also a very powerful form of spiritual care for people facing serious illness and, at the time of death and after.
What is Essential Phowa?
Read more about Essential Phowa here.
This photo was taken in the Sacre Coeur Cathedral in Paris, 1988. ©1988. Christine Longaker
Rainbow body Buddha, from a Tibetan painting
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Essential Phowa for Oneself, Introduction
Essential Phowa for Oneself
Essential Phowa for Others, introduction
Essential Phowa for Others
The Heart Practice, Introduction
The Heart Practice
Spiritual Care: Recommended Books
FACING DEATH AND FINDING HOPE has been used as an essential handbook for those facing life-threatening illness, their families, and medical professionals working in hospice and palliative care throughout the world.
Those experiencing the loss of a loved one have found understanding, solace, and and valuable insights and methods for healing their grief.
I’m offering the best two chapters from Facing Death and Finding Hope: The Needs of the Dying, and Understanding Grief.
Free download 2 chapters English!
Free download 2 chapters Deutsch
Link to buy the print or e-book: “Facing Death and Finding Hope” (English, USA)
Link to buy the Deutsch print or ebook: Dem Tod Begegnen und Hoffnung Finden
Link to buy the Nederlands print or ebook:Het Licht van Afschied.
Français print and ebook: Trouver L’Espoir Face a la Mort
A few spiritual care resources I highly recommend
Present to the End by Kirsten DeLeo
Effective and simple spiritual guidance for how to support a loved one from the time of diagnosis until the moment of death. Highly recommended.
The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death can Teach Us About Living Fully by Frank Ostaseski
Frank has spent decades by the side of those facing death at the Zen Hospice in San Francisco – both giving and receiving support and love. He wisely shows us how to live with meaning and grace in the light of our own mortality.
The Arts of Contemplative Care: Pioneering Voices in Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Work by Cheryl Giles and Willa Miller
Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of death by Joan Halifax
The Art of Being a Healing Presence: A Guide for those in Caring Relationships by Susan Cutshall and James Miller
The Four Things That Matter Most by Ira Byock, MD
No Time to Say Good-bye: Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One by Carla Fine
One of the most informative and supportive books for those who have survived a suicide and a sudden death, written by a survivor herself.
From Georgetown University Nursing School: discussing with loved ones their values and preferences for end-of-life care decisions – a wonderful guide for asking the right questions.