A friend found W.C. Fields on his deathbed reading the Bible and asked him why he was reading it. Fields replied, "I'm looking for loopholes."
(Quoted in my book Coming Home in a section about the role of humor in our lives and in the dying process.)
I am very grateful to the many people who have shared comments about my blogs. If I can help you with a specific subject, I am happy to respond to you; otherwise, know that your comments are invaluable. They inspire and inform me.
If you find my writing valuable, please consider purchasing a copy of Coming Home, A Practical and Compassionate Guide to Caring for a Dying Loved One from my website. The book is generally about making friends with death and dying and specifically, a step-by-step guide for caregivers. Coming Home goes more deeply into subjects about which I've been blogging.
The most frequent reader response to the book is "Everyone should read it!" They also reported feeling less frightened or intimidated by the thought of dying after reading it. If you are not currently supporting a dying loved one, but friends or co-workers are, Coming Home will give you the information and wisdom to help you better support them. In buying the book and spreading the word, you and I become a team that hopefully lessons the pain and suffering in the world.
Your purchase of the book on my website also buys me time to continue writing blogs and complete a manuscript entitled Lighten Up, Seven Ways to Kick the Suffering Habit. Previously, Coming Home was published by traditional publishing companies. It always bugged me that authors spend years writing and rewriting books, and then the marketing machine takes most of the profits. So, this 4th edition of Coming Home is self-published. If the book sells through Amazon or retail book sellers, I receive $2.90 – that’s better than $1 received from traditional publishing companies - BUT, if you purchase it for approximately the same price from my website, I receive about $9. I hope you feel as I do that you'd rather support an individual author, rather than large corporations.
Again, thank you for your support. The subject of the next blog is "guilt", its role in our lives and specifically in the dying process.
One joy scatters a thousand griefs. – Chinese proverb.
I will not be doing longer posts until after I return Jan 30.