In Journey’s End, multiple personal, professional, and societal perspectives provide valuable insights. Victoria Brewster and Julie Saeger Nierenberg compiled these many and varied quotes, chapters, and resources to serve as a tool for death and dying education, professional training, and grief and bereavement support. Ideal for anyone who will experience death and dying, the book’s intended readership includes, whether now or in the future, everyone.
Though few of us know when we will die, we and our family or friends can be well prepared. We can have discussions and create written directives for what we want, if we are unable to verbally state them ourselves. Do we want life support? Do we want interventions that may or may not have any benefit to our quality of life if we are in the hospital or in an accident? Do we want to be involved in planning our funeral, memorial, or celebration of life?
The submissions within are from professionals in the field of death and bereavement support and from laypeople, all of whom share stories of dying family members, friends, clients, and patients. Julie and Victoria, the coauthors of this book, also share stories from their personal and professional experiences. Journey’s End is a broadly comprehensive book about death, dying, and the end of life.
Julie Saeger Nierenberg
Inspired equally by her professional backgrounds as a biomedical researcher and long-time educator, Julie values open and lively discussions based on interview and research findings, trends in health and wellness, and exciting new modalities of treatment and professional education. She believes it will be through such discussions that we will create new and more satisfying cultural paradigms within which we may live all the days of our lives with dignity and quality of care.
Victoria has a master of social work degree and a CEOLS in progress (Certified End of Life Specialist). She has worked as a case manager with older adults for the past seventeen years and as a group facilitator. Her past work experience was as a therapist with children and families, and as a case manager for adults with mental health issues. She just launched a consulting business, NorthernMSW, to focus on end-of-life issues, planning, training, and advocacy, along with memoir writing and life legacy writing.
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