Book is available, virtual book launch, and ways to engage with dying and death.
Book Release - 21 Days to Die: A Canadian Guide to End-of-Life
If you order it, it will come! This book is now available to purchase. Many of you have already purchased one, either directly from me or from my publisher. Coming soon, it will also be available through Amazon. I thank you all in advance for your faith in me and my expertise, and trust that I've written something worth reading. I promise that no matter who you are and your background or expertise, you will learn something new about the dying process.
Virtual Book Launch October 19, Tuesday on Zoom, 7:30-9:00pm
I really wish we could meet indoors in person for a real book launch in the old school, pre-Covid way. I had such fun meeting last Thursday with those of you who dropped by the in-person book launch for a book signing. You can from all over the GTA and from all parts of my life. I even met some of you for the first time! I am pleased to know so many interesting people, and honoured that so many of you came out to celebrate with me.
For those of you living further away, or more comfortable with virtual events, I look forward to having you join me on Tuesday. I hope to share with you my experience of writing this book and how my passion for death literacy has driven this effort. My dear colleague, Carolyn Gibson Smith, will be co-hosting the event, and we hope to take questions and comments for the audience. Many of you have already registered and I hope to see even more of you yet.
What's this book really all about? Another way to talk about what's in the book is to peak at its contents. Here's what you'll find: Introduction
1. Introduction to Hospice Palliative Care
2. Body at End of Life
3. Speech at End of Life
4. Mind at End of Life
5. Final 24-48 hours
7. Grief Support
8. Death as Opportunity
Quick Reference for Practical Lists
Palliative Performance Scale v.2 full version
Quick Reference for Websites and Books
This gives you a good sense of what you'll find in the book. It covers a range of topics related to those final 21 days.
And I'm told that one of the things that readers like the most about the book is its tone. Unlike most other books about dying, this one is actually encouraging and makes one drop one's fear about death. Yes, it's another challenge, but one that can be prepared for, and that might be mighty interesting!
Book Events This book is meant to be read, discussed, and engaged with. As such, it's really good to have other people around to talk to about the ideas in this book. It's meant to be provocative and disrupt your every day life and the trajectory you think you're on. In short, it's meant to remind you of the impermanence of life, and to motivate you to live more urgently and more fully. Here are a few ways to 'meet the author' and learn about the book, in addition to just buying the book and reading it by yourself. There will be more options in the months ahead, but here are the current opportunities.
Monthly Discussion with the AIT Dying, Death, and Community group - Thursday on Zoom October 28, 21 Days to Die: Recognizing Death
Cost: Dana donation
Single session discussion on the signs of death, including body, speech, and mind indications. This is a group that meets monthly to discuss all matters of dying and death, including practical, emotional, spiritual, and existential concerns.
Weekly Meditation Class With the Awaken in Toronto group for 4 sessions - Wednesdays on Zoom, 7:30-9:00pm November 3 - 24, Recognizing the Dying Stages
Cost: Dana donation
Includes a review of portions of the book, as well as question and discussion times. Includes 30 minute meditations on traditional Buddhist death practices and meditations.
Voluntary Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED) - Online November 9, 7:30-9:00pm ET on Zoom
Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) has been legal in Canada since 2016, and many proclaim to be interested in applying for it. However, people tend to overgeneralize it as the best option for limiting suffering at end of life, and too often they wait too long to ask for it.
Voluntary Stopping of Eating and Drinking (VSED), on the other hand, is an intervention that is much closer aligned to palliative care and is appropriate in many end-of-life scenarios. I write about VSED in my book, and I'm told it's one of the least known options, and yet one that aligns so well with natural death philosophy that it really should be better understood and considered. Come learn about how choosing the right moment to stop eating and drinking, and having your family on board for this decision, is one of the best ways to achieve a natural and pain-free end-of-life experience.
Recognizing the Final 21 Days of Life - online public education / meditation retreat January 21, 7:30pm ET - January 23, 2022, 4:30pm ET on Zoom
Join me as I share a public education training on recognizing the final stage of dying. I will describe what happens at the body, speech, and mind levels, and I will embed this information in hospice palliative care options in Canada. I will describe many of the terms and interventions unique to end-of-life care, and ensure that you are equipped to make decisions that align with your values.
In addition to learning knowledge about the dying process, participants will be encouraged to do traditional Vajrayana Buddhist meditation practices on dying and death to in an experiential way. Death is so much more real when imagined beforehand.
Participants are encouraged to read the book - 21 Days to Die: The Canadian Guide to End-of-Life, in advance of the weekend. To purchase a copy of the book from the publisher, click here.
Classes will be held on Zoom, and the link will be sent one week prior to the first class. Recordings will be made of the classes, and will be available for one week after the last class.
Class schedule (6 sessions):
Friday - 7:30-9:00pm ET
Saturday - 9:00-10:30am ET, 3:00-4:30pm ET, and 7:30-9:00pm
Advance Praise for 21 Days to Die I can't wait to hear more feedback about the the book. Soon you'll be invited to give reviews on GoodReads and Amazon. For now, you get to hear from others who have read the book in advance. Here's the latest endorsements from my esteemed colleagues.
"21 Days to Die is a welcome and important addition to the field of end of life care. It is delightful to have Linda’s voice and experience in the urgency and tenderness of this work." — Koshin Paley Ellison, author of Wholehearted: Slow Down, Help Out, Wake Up and Co-Founder of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care
"With spot-on timing, Linda Hochstetler has provided the ideal guidebook for anyone who believes they will die one day. With practical tips, relatable examples and a huge list of resources, Linda helps us prepare ourselves and others for this natural transition." — Julie McIntyre, MD, CCFP, FCFP, semi-retired family physician providing counselling in advance care planning and end of life issues.
Podcasts and Media I've had interest in participating in some podcasts and interviews, and you'll be getting links about these opportunities in the coming months. I would be open to other opportunities, if you're in a position to have such connections.
For more information about my background, please refer to my website - www.lindahochstetler.com or my contact -email@example.com.
Interview with the Buddhist Door Global
I was interviewed by my publisher, John Negru, for a blog on his website. If you'd like to learn a little bit about my views on end-of-life while waiting for the book, here you go!