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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.
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|Section 1: How To Help When Someone You Care For Is Sick|
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.
Course Photo by By Ian MacKenzie (Flickr: Old Couple)
This lecture discusses the nature of suffering, and provides tools to better cope and dissolve suffering on many levels.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This lecture gives final inspiration and direction for participants.
The Nature of Suffering
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.