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PASSAGES- Support and Education in End of Life Issues


Support and Education in End of Life Issues

helping you face your fears… and find your way

It’s OK to ask.

It’s important to talk about it.

Whether newly diagnosed with life-threatening illness, facing advancing illness or age, people think about dying.

Thought about dying can bring fear, often the result of misconceptions, misinformation or simply the lack of information.

We can help.

Whether for yourself or someone you care about, we can help replace fears with knowledge, preparation and a feeling of compassionate support.

We can help you start those difficult conversations with family, friends and your healthcare team.

We can help you ask the right questions to find the answers you need on which to base your healthcare decisions.

You are not alone.

We can help guide you through the maze.

Facing the Fears.

. Not having your wishes honored

. The dying process

. Not being able to talk openly with your love ones

. Being a burden

. Pain and suffering

. The unknown

. Making an uninformed decision you may regret

Finding your way

. Understand your rights and responsibilities

. Communicate more effectively with your physician and your loved ones

. Understand medical terminology

. Undertand the benefits and burdens of treatment options

. Make sure your wishes are known

. Identify and access community resources

We DO NOT offer medical advice or make treatment recommendations.

We DO arm you with information, compassionate guidance and education, and support you as you navigate the maze of healthcare.

It is not just your right to know…it is your responsibility

How Passages can help you:

Individual & Family Consultation
With the Compassionate Guidance Program, we meet you in the comfort of your own home or facility. The 90 minute session allows for time to examine the issues and provide the support and tools you need to understand your choices and take the next steps.

Community Classes
We offer a number of free talks on a variety of end of life issues such as decision-making, caregiving, quality of life, dying process, communication and more.

Please visit our website to see current offereings: http://www.passageseducation.org

Contact Us.

For information or to schedule a consultation or presentation, Email: info@passageseducation.org

Visit our website: http://www.passageseducation.org

Our Mission

Passages offer compassionate guidance in end of life issues through education, support and research.

Our Beliefs

We believe that dying is a natural part of the life cycle and should be talked about and prepared for with the same respectful attention, knowledge and caring as other significant rites of passage.

We believe that each person approaches dying differently and we respect the beliefs, values and traditions of each person involved.

We believe that support and education must be available to everyon who seeks it, regardless of ability to pay.

Our Vision

In partnership with our community, Passages will inform and empower individuals, families and healthcare professionals to better talk about and prepare for death and dying.

Passages is a U.S. registered 501c3 non-profit; contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

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by Denice Fecketter

This is the story of the author’s unexpected encounter with the spirit of her deceased husband, and their year-long commitment to writing, learning, healing grief and developing a new way of being that includes communicating with loved ones who have passed over. A book that is comforting, thought provoking, loving and wise.

300 pgs ISBN: 1-932636-00-5 $19.95 Trade Paper


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Barbara Victoria Author- RESOLUTIONS


by Barbara Victoria

In the space of twelve months the author experienced the death of her beloved mother-in-law, her mother and her father,thereby launching her on a self-described “crash course” in both the practical and spiritual mechanics of those transitions, grounded in the Hospice experience. She offers us a touching and uplifting account of those experiences in luminous prose that will touch the reader on the deepest level-that place where we all live, love and eventually die.

176 pgs ISBN: 1-932636-17-X $16.95 Trade Paper


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Brenda W. Clough Author- DOORS OF DEATH AND LIFE


by Brenda W. Clough

What do you do with a secret?

Whisper it in a desert at high noon.

Lock it up and bury the key.

Tell the nation on prime-time TV.

Choose a door…

Tor Books

ISBN 0-312-87064-7

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James F. Weinsier Author- WHERE DO WE GO? A Child-friendly about Death


      By James F. Weinsier

      The award-winning book, Where Do We Go?, delicately explores the theme of death in a comforting, child-friendly fashion with reassuring, thought-provoking text and cheerful illustrations. Its non-secular approach compatibly blends with any religious, spiritual or nondenominational framework, opening a pathway for a discussion about the hereafter. Weinsier conceived the book after his tragic loss of three immediate family members over a nine-month period. As he lovingly responded to his young grandchildren’s questions about their loved ones’ fates, the book naturally evolved, becoming an invaluable tool for parents, caregivers and other adults challenged with talking about death with little ones.

Publisher: Wondrous Publications L.L.C.
Fernandina Beach, Florida Price: $12.95 U.S.
Softbound / Nonfiction Size: 9.3″ by 9.01″ / 44 pages ISBN: 978-0-61523-805-0 Pub Date: 2008 Website: www.WondrousBooksOnline.com

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      Judy Stong is pleased to announce the January publication of her second book, A CHILD’S GRIEF: SURVIVING THE DEATH OF A PARENT.  Judy began this book in response to the trauma her family experienced when her first hustand died.  She saw first hand how their father’s death affected her children then, and how it contines to impact their lives today.  Helping a grieving child can be difficult because children cannot always articulate what they feel, and adults are often very deep in grief themselves. 

      Personal interviews with survivors attest to the pain and turmoil of such children.  In addition, Judy gathered data from professional educators, theapists, and socialogists whose body of information bears witnes to the needs of grieving children.  Some facts to consider:

      On child in twenty will lo0se a parent by the time he or she is a senior in high school. 

      Children who had a parent who died suddenly have three times the risk of depression than those with living parents. 

      A CHILD’S GRIEF is a practical and insightful resource for parents, family members, teachers, or anyone helping our most important citizens cope with the grief of loss. 

      A CHILD’S GRIEF: SURVIVING THE DEATH OF A PARENT is published by Beaver’s Pond Press, Edina, MN.  To order visit www.beaverspondpressbooks.com.   The book is also available on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com or from Judy’s website www.judystrong.com

      Taken from THE WRITE WORD, the newletter of The Society of Southwestern Authors Vol. 39.  No. 2  Apr./May 2010


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