Peer Reviews: The Heart Knows the Way
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, M.D. said ….
Through communion with God, Fern Stewart Welch had the trust and faith to share her husband's last life journey in a profound adventure that brings new insight into one of life"s most misunderstood and feared experiences: death. In recounting her story she has pointed the way for others who desire to meet this natural life event with vulnerability, love, compassion and, yes, joy. This is Fern's love story with her husband, herself and God. Brava, Fern Stewart Welch for the courage and commitment to go there, and to blaze a trail for others.
[Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, M.D., was the internationally known author and lecturer who changed the way the world thinks about death and dying. Through her life work, numerous books, including the best selling "On Death and Dying,” and her hands-on tender ministrations, she brought comfort and understanding to millions coping with their own death or the deaths of their loved ones.]
Larry Dossey, M.D. says ….
Throughout human history, the illness and death of those we love has proved to be a path that opens one to a greater understanding of life"s mysteries. This book is an unflinching account of Fern Stewart Welch’s journey through her husband’s decline and death. It is a poignant reminder of the meanings that can be found even in life’s most difficult moments, and a testimony to the precious love that can bind two people together.
[Larry Dossey, M.D. is the author of eight books including, "Healing Words,” “Reinventing Medicine,” and his latest “Healing the Body.” An internationally known advocate of the role of spirit and mind in healthcare, the hallmark of his work is scientific legitimacy.]
Stephen Levine says….
Fern, I thank you for sending me your love story with your husband, Ken. What a melody of faith and trust in something greater everywhere we look. Your search confirms that the heart knows its way by heart.
[Stephen is internationally known as a lecturer, counselor and author in the field of conscious death and dying. His best-selling books include “Healing into Life and Death,” “A Gradual Awakening,” and “A Year to Live.]”
C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D. says….
We are all extraordinary beings engaged in our unique search for God. Fern’s journey is an outstanding example of our individual treasure hunt.
[C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D., was the founding president of the American Holistic Medical Association. He has authored 22 books, including “Youthful Aging—Secret of the Fountain,” and over 300 publications.]
Cathleen Fanslow-Brunjes, R.N., M.A., C.N.S., says….
Fern Stewart Welch takes us on an extraordinary journey into the world of those who choose to walk with a loved one on their path into dementia and death. She openly shares her love, pain and faith; teaching clearly and gently by word and example how she accompanied her husband until his last breath. Her book has practical tools that will allow an ordinary person to take heart, follow in her footsteps, and know they too can share a loved ones last life journey.
[Cathleen Fanslow-Brunjes, R.N., M.A., C.N.S., was one of the first hospice nurses in the U.S., and the first Clinical Nurse Specialist in Oncology and Thanatology. She studied with Elisabeth Kubler Ross, M.D., and is internationally known for her workshops on Death, Dying and Bereavement.]
Gladys Taylor McGarey, M.D., M.D.(H), the “Mother of holistic medicine in America” says ….
In this inspirational and tender book, Fern Stewart Welch has given the reader tools, which can be used not only in dealing with a loved one that is going through dementia, but also any difficult relationship where communication is a problem.
[Gladys Taylor McGarey, M.D., M.D.(H) is widely recognized for her pioneering work in holistic and complementary medicine. A family physician since 1949, she is also a noted lecturer and author of “The Physician Within You.” She was a founding board member of the American Holistic Medical Association, and served as its first female president. Analea McGarey’s book “Born to Heal,” is the intimate and inspiring story of her mother’s life journey.]