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How To Best Help When Someone You Care For is Sick.

Learn to view serious illness and death in a new way.
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What Will I Learn?
Offer the best care possible to a family member, friend or patient who is struggling with a serious and/or prolonged physicall illness.
Skillfully treat, from an emotional, psychological, and spiritual perspective, an individual who is sick and needs your help.
Provide healing and new hope as you care for a loved one, friend or patient who is challenged with a physical illness.
Care for yourself under times of strain and stress.
Identify the root causes of different problems, and offer life giving solutions.
Release stress and anxiety for both yourself and the patient.
Pinpoint emotional, psychological and spiritual issues, and address them in a way which is most effective.
Alter negative beliefs and attitudes.
Become able to perceive illness in a new way.
Become a guiding light to a family member, friend or patient who is sick.
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  • This course is about going through journey from illness to healing. Not only neccessarily physical healing, but emotional, psychological and spiritual healing as well.
  • You do not need have any former training or understanding of how to best care for a person who is sick.
  • You are asked to download worksheets. For this you will need adobe reader. Also, to get the most value from these worksheets, we recommend that you print them. Therefore, a printer is recommended.
  • You are provided with an ebook which is in PDF formate. So, again, Adobe reader is needed.
  • This will be an interact learning experience. There will be homework, exercising and live appearances by Dr. Shoshanna.

Many questions and challenges arise both for patients and caregivers during serious or prolonged illness. Various emotional, psychological and spiritual needs arise that cry out to be understood and addressed.

How To Best Help When Someone You Care For Is Sick, is a new online course dedicated to assisting to family, friends and professionals. The material provides a unique approach to illness, suffering and care giving. Once we have a deeper understanding of our true questions and needs during this time of life, and a way to address them, all kinds of pain diminishes. As this takes place, this time of life can become uplifting and inspiring for all.

Each student receives a free copy of the acclaimed book Journey Through Illness and Beyond, as a complimentary study guide. The course also includes many specific tools, exercises and techniques so the material can be applied directly in one’s life. Worksheets are provided, so you can easily practice what you've learned.

This course is taught by Dr. Brenda Shoshanna, an award winning author whose books have been published in thirteen languages. She is a psychologist, speaker and workshop leader. As seen on ABC, MSNBC, FOX, CNN, Dr. Shoshanna appears frequently on television and radio.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is great for family members who are caring for a sick loved one.
  • This course is also meant for friends, professional caretakers, and anyone in the position of caring for someone who has a medical illness.
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How To Help When Someone You Care For Is Sick
7 Lectures 01:08:08

A concise and important introduction to the course.

1. Please download the attached course book 'Journey Through Illness and Beyond.' Please consider this your course reading. As your first piece of homework, please read this book as you participate in this course. You may do so at your own speed and pace.

2. Most of the lectures have attached exercises available for download. Though they are not mandatory, these exercises can help you get the most out of the course.

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Preview 05:58

This lecture discusses the nature of suffering, and provides tools to better cope and dissolve suffering on many levels.

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When we speak about healing we are also speaking about finding balance. It is not just the body that is out of ease, the mind, the heart and spirit can be as well. This lecture is about how to find balance between all the parts of a person, so healing can better take place.

The Foundation of Healing

One of the pains a person experiences, when they are really ill, is the pain of meaninglessness. The feeling that the life we have lived, and the way we have lived it, may have been wasted, is a very real and difficult feeling for many people who are sick. This lecture shows how to discover new value and meaning for our patients.

How To Find Deeper Meaning

Something most patients do when they are ill, especially a prolonged illness, is what is called a life review. This lecture provides healing tools to improve the quality of each day for the those who are sick. As a caretaker, it important to know how to extend an invitation to a patient, to help them review and resolve important parts of their lives.

The Life Review

This lecture teaches how to release blame, anger and guilt, which are natural and common feelings for those who are ill, and their family members and friends. You will learn the nature of blame, anger and guilt, and how to release them from the life of the patient, and the caregiver as well.

Blaming Yourself and Others

This lecture gives final inspiration and direction for participants.


The Nature of Suffering
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Psychologist, Workshop Leader, and Professional Speaker

As seen on CNN, Fox, ABC, MSNBC, Inside Edition, Geraldo Rivera and more, Dr. Shoshanna is a renowned psychologist who has taught the seriously ill, their families, friends and caretakers to find new ways of healing during times of sickness.

She is an award winning author. Her books have been published by major publishing housing in over 13 languages worldwide.

She is a professional speaker, and has taught hundreds workshops on all aspects of relationship building, and personal development.

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