Ministries for Life Transitions
For Further Study:
Bankson, Marjory Zoet, Creative Aging: Rethinking Retirement and Non-retirement in a Changing World (Skylight Paths Publishing), 2011
Bateson, Mary Catherine, Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom (Knopf) September, 2010
Nelson, John E. and Bolles, Richard N., What Color Is Your Parachute? For Retirement, Second Edition: Planning a Prosperous, Healthy, and Happy Future (Ten Speed Press, Random House) 2010
Raines, Robert, A Time to Live: Seven Tasks of Creative Aging (Plume) 1997
Trafford, Abigail, My Time: Making the Most of the Bonus Decades After Fifty, 2004
- National Council on Aging
- National Alliance for Caregiving
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association
- National Institute of Mental Health
- National Alzheimer’s Association
- National Institute on Aging: pamphlets on specific topics
- Alzheimer’s’ Caregivers
- Area Chronic Disease Self-Management Program Workshops: MD (Montgomery County), Kristen Wheeden, Holy Cross Health, 301-461-9881; MD, VA, DC, Lisa Carpenter, Kaiser, 301-816-5776, (workshops offered wherever they have medical centers)
- DC Department of Health, Joni Eisenberg, 202-442-5925
For Further Study:
Coping with a Serious Illness
- Huegel, Kelly, Young People and Chronic Illness: True Stories, Help and Hope. True stories about teens with asthma, diabetes, lupus, hemophilia, Crohn’s disease, and epilepsy and strategies for how to cope with chronic illness. (Free Spirit Publishing) 1998
- Mace, Nancy L. and Rabins, Peter V., The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementias, and Memory 2012
- Droege, Thomas, With Open Arms: Receiving Care with Grace and Gratitude 2005
- Byock, Ira, M.D., The Best Care Possible: A Physician's Quest to Transform Care through the End of Life (Penguin Group) 2013
Support for Caregivers
- Langshur, Eric and Sharon, We Carry Each Other: Getting Through Life's Toughest Times. Founders of CarePages. (Conari Press) 2007
- Pogrebin, Letty Cottin, How To Be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick (Public Affairs, Perseus Books Group) 2013
- Sheehy, Gail, Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos into Confidence (HarperCollins) 2011
- Umbreit, Alexa and Mark, Pathways To Spirituality and Healing: Embracing Life and Each Other in the Face of a Serious Illness (Fairview Press) 2002
- Fulljames, Michael and Harper, Michael, Prayers for Healing (Canterbury) 2004
- Bauer-Wu, Susan, Leaves Falling Gently: Living Fully with Serious and Life-Limiting Illness through Mindfulness, Compassion, and Connectedness (New Harbinger Publications) 201
The Mourner’s Bill of Rights
- You have the right to experience your own unique grief.
- You have the right to talk about your grief.
- You have the right to feel a multitude of emotions
- You have the right to be tolerant of your physical and emotional limits
- You have the right to experience “griefbursts”.
- You have the right to make use of ritual.
- You have the right to embrace your spirituality.
- You have the right to search for meaning.
- You have the right to treasure your memories
- You have the right to move toward your grief and healing
- Iona Senior Services. Iona offers one-on-one counseling by licensed clinical social workers on topics, including
- depression, anxiety, memory loss, chronic illness, caregiving, and grief and loss.
- Sibley Senior Association. Sibley Senior Association is a free community service that has been providing bereavement support to newly widowed persons in the community since 1992. The senior association offers one-on-one help, support groups, social activities, educational events, and a newsletter.
- The Wendt Center for Loss and Healing. At The Wendt Center, "professional, experienced counselors work with children, teens, and adults individually, as families, and in support groups. We believe there are many paths to healing, but they all begin with providing support to people in times of illness, loss, and death. We offer counseling in our main office in Northwest Washington, DC, or in our satellite offices in SE and NE Washington."
- The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and Its Caring Connections Page
- National Hospice and Palliative Care - Moments of Life Website
- The American Hospice Foundation's education website
For Further Study
End of Life
- Lynn, Joanne, MD, Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for People Facing Serious Illness
- Byock, Ira, MD, Dying Well (Riverhead Books, Penguin Putnam) 1997
- “The Go Wish Game: Decide What’s Important, Together,” www.codaaalliance.org
- Hickman, Martha Whitmore, Healing After Loss - Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief
- Lewis, Clive Staples, A Grief Observed (HarperOne) 2009
- Tatelbaum, Judy, The Courage to Grieve - The Classic Guide to Creative Living, Recovery and Growth Through Grief, 2008
Walking the Labyrinth
Take time for reflection. Labyrinths are simple: you follow a single path to the center and back out. Unlike a maze, there are no decisions - leaving you free to focus on inner thoughts
- Metropolitan United Methodist Church - Indoor Labyrinth
- National Cathedral - Indoor Labyrinth
- Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington - Indoor Labyrinth
- St. Thomas' Parish - Outdoor Labyrinth
- Brookside Gardens - Outdoor Labyrinth
- Georgetown Water front - Outdoor Labyrinth
- St. Luke's Episcopal Church - Outdoor labyrinth