Doorways into Dying: Innovative Teachings for End of Life

Author(s): Ingrid Ross & Kay Ryan

Grief & Loss | Palliative Care

In Doorways into Dying: Innovative Teaching for End of Life, Ingrid Rose and Kay Ryan present techniques and tools for communicating with those in out-of-ordinary states of consciousness such as those found in dementia, coma or the dying experience. Methods are presented that are useful to medical staff, caregivers, relatives and friends in making links between the outside world and the inner worlds of those who are ostensibly unable to communicate. The slight movement of a finger, the flicker of an eyelid, and other signals, are the building blocks of communication, useful in gaining understanding of the needs of the patient.

This book describes how we can approach those who are ill, near death, or dying, in a way that values all experience as holding potential meaning for the person. How to connect with others in order to support them on their journeys is laid out here through the introduction of theoretical concepts, case studies and examples, as well as exercises for reader to practise


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Ingrid has been in private practice for more than 30 years working with a large range of presentations, as well as being a clinical supervisor and group facilitator. She has taught at college level, and offers training and workshops in many countries of the world. Ingrid also has a long history of yoga and meditation practice, and a strong interest in shamanism.


Kay is a registered psychotherapist in private practice and a founding member of Process Oriented Psychology in New Zealand. She has been on the faculty of Australian/New Zealand Process Oriented Psychology She has a long term interest in how dreams and dream-like experiences assist us through life's transitions. She is the Spiritual Support Coordinator at a local hospice where she assists patients, families, staff and volunteers in care of the dying.

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  • : 9781786126344
  • : Austin Macauley Publishers
  • : Austin Macauley Publishers
  • : books

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  • : Ingrid Ross & Kay Ryan