'Lasting Words' Author Addresses End-Of-Life Concerns

Claire Willis, a clinical social worker, lay Buddhist chaplain and co-founder of Facing Cancer Together in Newton, has spent the last two decades leading writing and support groups for people living with life-threatening illnesses.

Ms. Willis will be reading from her book, “Lasting Words: A Guide to Finding Meaning Toward the Close of Life” (Green Writers Press, March 21, 2014), at Eight Cousins Books at 189 Main Street in Falmouth on Friday, June 27. The reading begins at 6 PM and will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the author and a book signing.

Based on research and the author’s work with profoundly ill people, “Lasting Words” focuses on addressing special end-of-life concerns such as “How do we want to be remembered?” and “What difference did our lives make?”

Through her work, Ms. Willis has found that written words never matter more than they do at the end of life. Expressions of joy and sorrow, the desire to connect with loved ones, the wish to find comfort for oneself and strength for others and, most of all, the pressing need to find meaning are all vital when time is short.

The book speaks to baby boomers entering the last third of their life, as well as to those living with a life-threatening illness. It is also intended as a resource for healthcare professionals, caregivers, chaplains, and hospice workers for leading groups or working with people individually.

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