Here are some samples of correspondence I receive from readers. Names, locations & personal information have been deleted.
My baby sister, age 52, lost her five+ year struggle (she made her "battle" look like a struggle) with pancreatic cancer on June 5th of this year.
She wanted to move from this life to heaven via a hospital setting, so memories of her death would not linger in her daughter's home. Two weeks before her passing, she was admitted to a (Hospice) Inpatient unit.
The first hospice volunteer to greet us introduced us to your spiritually-inspired book, "Crossing the Creek." The (volunteer) told us that your book would be a practical & informational guide through what (my sister) would experience, and would help the family navigate through our emotions and our understanding of all that we would share and observe in our final days with her. The information was invaluable!!!
We had a 24-7 schedule in place for family & a few friends so that (my sister) would never be alone. This gave us quiet time to read and digest the information. When our precious alone time with (my sister) would be given over to the next scheduled person, we would share our new knowledge & compare to where she was in her processing..... and where we were. The "knowing" gave us peace and the "sharing" deepened our love and appreciation for each other and, of course, for (my sister.)
(The Volunteer) professed how much your book had helped her and countless others as they moved through the journey of dying. However, she begged us to PLEASE, when we were done with the book, leave it behind for the next family. She said all copies of "Crossing the Creek" had disappeared.... except for our copy and one remaining in the library.
For my entire family, but especially for (my sister's) two daughters (who unexpectedly lost their father at ages 8 & 5)and for my mother, our eternal gratitude to you for writing this book!!
I live in Cape Town, South Africa and our currency is Rand. I would like to buy the ”pdf book” for a colleague. She is really taking a lot of strain with her mom being terminal. They suspect she might only have a few days left. I am also a Biblical councillor and she relies on my help at stages. I try to give her as much info as I can, but I think your book would actually be a much better guide through this very tough time.
How do I purchase your book for her, it would be an honour if I could help her to make the next few days a bit more bearable.
Thank you for sharing your experience.
I wanted to thank you for your thoughtful book on the process of dying. I recently lost my father, and I can't begin to tell you the comfort that your wisdom provided for all of my family.
I feel certain that you understand the power of your message. We not only need each other, but also, we need the comfort that is provided for one another through sharing our experiences. I wanted you to know that I am a fan. I have sent my friends and family the e-mail below, along with the link to your website. In my e-mail,
I only touch on my reaction to your book, but I am hopeful that it will make folks curious. I am in the process of writing a different kind of guide, and I will reflect on your book for it's structure and progressive approach. It is incredibly well written, and for me, had a profound impact. I was at first, curious about the relationship between your own loss of sight, and the in-sight that you are able to provide to others through the pages of this book, I now understand the connection perfectly. I
Thank you again!
Hi, Michael---a friend shared some of your information she had received from a hospice agency and after reading it, I visited your website. One nurse to another, your website is first-class ! Having been a nurse 30+ years and doing case management for most of those years, I wish I had had access to your insights and writings a long time ago. While I’ve been at the bedside of many dying patients, walking through the dying process with my husband 5 years ago really opened my eyes to the wonders of the process and the need to approach it as something spiritual and enlightening. Thank you so much for putting your experiences and knowledge “out there”. I wish you much continued success with your books and educational efforts.
Thanks so much—
For starters, I want to say how much your essays helped me and my family during my mom’s passing this past May. For me personally, you really helped me understand what was happening to my mom right before my eyes. It was as if you were holding my hand during her dying process.
Thank You And God Bless
My Dad passed in Oct
2009, one month to the day after his 80th birthday. We moved him to
a hospice center a week before he passed.
I recently returned from Oregon where my mother was just "set up" on Hospice. After working in the homecare business for over 22 years I found out how little I really knew until I read your book. It was provided by her Hospice company called name withheld.
It is not that I am uneducated but when it's you, personally, living the experience, it is amazing how much I had forgotten.
Your book brought things into perspective, answered questions and provided me and my family with a peace about what is happening, why and we thank you.
I am currently a Vice President for Home Health (name withheld) responsible for the medical equipment division but we also have a Hospice program. I was so impressed that I have sent a link to your site to both the VP of Clinical and the Director of Hospice.
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