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A Place of Healing
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A Place of Healing: Working with Nature & Soul at the End of Life

by Michael Kearney, M.D.

ISBN: 978-1-228670-58-1
292 pp.

Dr. Michael Kearney demonstrates in this book that while the medical model has undoubted strengths in easing pain, it is limited in its ability to alleviate the psychological and spiritual suffering that often accompanies terminal illness. Complementing physical treatment with such depth approaches as dreamwork, poetry, divination, and a revitalized connection with nature, Kearney, a palliative care specialist, allows us to begin to integrate scientific and psychological metaphors. We may thereby forge a more comprehensive and holistic response to the greatest challenges we all have to face: suffering and dying.

Through imaginative re-envisionings of the mythology and rites of ancient Greek Asklepian healing, Kearney helps us discover a way of recognizing and caring for the soul in its most critical moments and proposes a new model for the healing of suffering which draws on the best practices of both the medical and Asklepian traditions.

A Place of Healing: Working with Nature & Soul at the End of Life
Foreword Balford Mount
Chapter 1: Beyond the Medical Model
Chapter 2: Ways of Seeing
Chapter 3: The Mythology of Asklepios
Chapter 4: The Rite of Asklepian Healing
Chapter 5: The Containment of Care
Chapter 6: Towards a Therapeutic Use of Self
Chapter 7: Working with Nature
Chapter 8: Dreamwork as Earth Ascending
Chapter 9: Educating the Wounded Healer
Chapter 10: Workshops on the Therapeutic Use of Self
Chapter 11: An Introductory Workshop on Dreamwork
Chapter 12: Rosalinda
Chapter 13: Bill
Bibliography and Further Reading

Introduction to A Place of Healing

About the Author:

Stephen Aizenstat

Michael Kearney, M.D., has spent over 25 years working as a physician in end-of-life care. He trained and worked at St. Christopher’s Hospice in London with Dame Cicely Saunders, the founder of the modern hospice movement, and subsequently worked for many years as Medical Director of Our Lady’s Hospice in Dublin, and later with Professor Balfour Mount at McGill University in Montreal. He is currently a Medical Director of the Palliative Care Service at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and an Associate Medical Director at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care, also in Santa Barbara. He also acts as medical director to the Anam Cara Project for Compassionate Companionship in Life and Death in Bend, Oregon.

Other Spring Journal Books about Medicine and Healing:

Mortally Wounded

Mortally Wounded: Stories Of Soul Pain, Death And Healing

Author: Michael Kearney, M.D.

Imagination & Medicine

Imagination & Medicine: The Future of Healing in an Age of Neuroscience

Editors: Stephen Aizenstat and Robert Bosnak