A Taboo Subject
Death is a natural part of living, but with dozens of ways to say anything but the word “dead,” it’s become a taboo subject which is often avoided. Whether we face the subject of death with acceptance, resistance, or fear, Exit Laughing gives us permission to laugh through our tears. Allowing people to acknowledge their feelings and be present in the way that they need to be.
An Approach To Communication
Neuro linguistic programming (NLP) is an approach to communication, personal development, and psychotherapy. The title refers to a stated connection between the neurological processes (“neuro”), language (“linguistic”), and behavioural patterns that have been learned through experience (“programming”). NLP is capable of providing people with resources that they need to cope with every circumstance. Especially the difficult times in our lives that change who we are, how we live, and the decisions we make.
Exit Laughing- How Humor Takes the Sting Out of Death
Best-selling author, Victora Zackheim shares true stories from some of our country’s finest authors, including Malachy McCourt, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Barbara Graham, Ellen Sussman, and so many others. Exit Laughing makes death more approachable as it reveals the funny side of “passing on.” As painful as it is to lose a loved one, Exit Laughing shows us that in times of grief, humour can help us with coping and even healing.
Meet Victoria Zackheim
Victoria Zackheim is author of The Bone Weaver, a novel, and the editor of five anthologies: For Keeps, The Face in the Mirror, and He Said What and Canadian bestseller The Other Woman. Her play based on five essays from The Other Woman will begin a six-week theater run in summer 2012. Zackheim teaches Personal Essay in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program and is a frequent speaker at writers’ conferences, non-profit educational and philanthropic organizations, and book fairs. A 2010 San Francisco Library Laureate, she is actively involved in the local and national literary community, including Redroom, Shewrites, and the AARP Writers Forum. A graduate of UCLA (BA) and San Francisco State University (MA), she lives in San Francisco.
Nursing the Dying Patient
Within the medical profession death is a large part of the healthcare professionals role, both nursing the dying patient and supporting the grieving relatives. For most people the thought of death is frightening, regardless of religious beliefs, it is very difficult to imagine oneself not being part of this world. Consequently, the care that nurses provide to terminal or dying patients may be affected by their own attitudes toward death. According to Rooda et al., (1999). “Determinants of attitudes toward death and dying encompass not only cultural, societal, philosophical, and religious belief systems, but also personal and cognitive frameworks from which individual attitudes toward death and dying are formulated and interpreted” (p. 1683). Therefore, nurses’ personal feelings also may influence how they cope with dying patients, Exit Laughing will provide the healthcare professionals with more insights and flexibility to support these patients and their families in their difficult times.
Tune in to this segment of The NLP View Radio Show, as host, Donna Blinston is joined by author, Victoria Zackheim to discuss her best-selling book, Exit Laughing, August 4th, 2012 at 7pm EDT/4pmPST! Stay Tuned!