RRP: $29.99 | 25th February 2015
256 pages | Hardcover with Jacket
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Journeys of the Heart is a book about love and compassion and the resilience of the human spirit.
It is a serious but uplifting book; it is the beginning of a conversation about the value of being a carer in today’s world.
In 2012, Jodi Rose cared for her beloved husband Murray in his final months of life. She describes the experience as her greatest test, but one that gave her inner strength. In Journeys of the Heart, Jodi shares her own story and presents the stories of many others who have cared for a loved one as they faced death. Some, like Jodi, lost their life partner. Others cared for parents and siblings as they travelled towards the unknown. Yet others were faced with the terrible knowledge that they would lose a precious child. Despite these profound challenges, each carer ultimately found the courage to be present for their loved one and to achieve a level of acceptance following their loss.
Each story is unique and gives us beneficial insights into the carer’s role—its challenges as well as its rewards. In talking about their experiences, the contributors reveal some of the lessons in healing and transformation they learnt along their journeys. Jodi and her fellow carers have generously and bravely opened their hearts and their lives to us. For anyone travelling the way of a carer for a loved one, their stories offer comfort and inspiration and may lessen the feeling of being alone.
‘No physician has the skill to match the impact of words coming from one who has walked or is walking the same path; the wise counsellor helps to make these contacts, either personally or via the provision of written material. I believe that Journeys of the Heart has the potential to make a substantial contribution in this context.’
Professor Graeme Stewart AM,
Director, Clinical Immunology, Westmead Hospital, and
Director, Institute for Immunology & Allergy Research, Westmead Millennium Institute, Sydney
‘Jodi … has invited others to join in sharing their stories of love and grief, resulting in a book that we believe will be invaluable to those who find themselves in the role of carer.’
Dianne McKissock OAM and Mal McKissock OAM
Co-Clinical Directors of The Bereavement C.A.R.E. Centre
and The National Centre for Childhood Grief, Sydney
‘Jodi Rose is to be congratulated for sharing her personal journey and the stories of other palliative care givers, which is an inspiration for all. Her outstanding book is of benefit to those who are providing palliative care now or who may be called upon to do so in the future; accordingly, it is of benefit to the community as a whole. I commend Journeys of the Heart to you.’
Charles Curran AC,
Chairman of Trustees, St Vincent’s Curran Foundation