"When Stacey Canfield shared The Soul Sitter Handbook with me, I was delighted to read it. Although talking about and preparing for death is not an easy subject, Stacey addresses it directly and with such care and heart. Her experience and gentle words carried me past the upset of thinking about losing a loved one into the wisdom that knowing her or his desires is such a blessing. I know this book will serve many women in midlife who are helping aging parents as well as partners, friends, and siblings who are ill. And as much as we may dislike thinking about it, we can help our families by communicating our desires for our own exit. This book will help us have the tough but meaningful and essential conversations about leaving. I wish I had it 25 years ago when my father was dying. I am glad I have it now to help my mother make her departure and to prepare for mine, which of course I hope is many years away."
Adele Michal, Midlife Zest Mentor
"At a time of passing when most people feel inept and awkward about to how to be appropriate to their departing beloved, your book shows exactly how to see into the entire journey as sacred and the exact steps to take to satisfy each one's soul. "Soul Sitters" helps to lessen the anticipated dread and fear of losing a loved one. And it shows the reader how to say farewell in a deeply connected, heart-filled, sacred, loving way - as well as how to continue the relationship in a new and perhaps equally meaningful way from the other side. Stacey, you're a Soul Master!"
Shannon & Scott Peck, Intimacy experts & authors
“Stacey Canfield has done a wonderful job explaining how people can provide love and care to the dying in her book, The Soul Sitter’s Handbook. Not only will this book help the ordinary person facing the death of a loved one, but also professional care-givers. She has a unique story to tell, plus provides useful insights that will encourage many people. I wholeheartedly recommend it!”
George Pratt, PhD Past Chairman of Psychology, Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, California; coauthor: Code to Joy; Instant Emotional Healing: Acupressure for the Emotions; and A Clinical Hypnosis Primer
“This book transforms our cultural beliefs of fear and denial into beauty, grace and inspiration. Read it and allow your heart to be touched and restored.”
Dr. Michael J Sasevich, Founder of the Inspirational Heart Center
“Until now the conversation for families, friends and individuals supporting loved ones in transition has been largely unspoken. Stacey Canfield explores the power behind the conversation to break this silence. In doing so she moves you to new insights about yourself, family, friends and the power of love in death.”
Dr. Sarah Farrant, Author of The Vital Truth: Accessing the Possibilities of Unlimited Health.
“Finally, a guide to help through the toughest of times. Stacey's Soul Sitter's Handbook is like a good friend's arm around your shoulder. Comforting and thoughtful. This is one of the best books I have read on loss and the healing power of staying in the present moment. I recommend this handbook for anyone struggling to make sense of loss and for those who want to find the sacred moments in challenging times.”
Rebecca Williams, PH.d Author of The Mindfulness Workbook for Addiction: A Guide to Coping with the Grief, Stress and Anger that Trigger Addictive Behaviors
“How wonderful to have some universal guidelines and tools that anyone can adopt and apply to be the most comforting and effective when called upon to help your loved ones at the time when you are most needed.”
Dr. Bob Uslander, Doctors On Purpose
“Stacey holds your hand through a difficult process so that you can hold the hand of your loved one with confidence, love, grace, ease and a calming peace in your heart. This book will transform your relationships and your own peace with transition.”
Joyce O’Brien Speaker, Vitality Specialist, Author of #1 Best seller Choose to Live
“Stacey’s book provides an avenue for those soul sitting and caring for the dying to embrace the experience for themselves while ensuring a quality of life while dying for those facing the reality of death.”
Linda Strause, PhD Executive Director and Head, Clinical Operations, Vical Inc., Research Scholar & Founding Research Ethics Chair for San Diego Hospice and Institute for Palliative Medicine, and Adjunct Prof. UCSD Dept. Biology
“The mission of Soul Sitters is more than a method, it is a movement from fear to love.”
Sara G. Gilman, M.F.T., F.A.A.E.T.S Marriage & Family Therapist, Fellow, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, EMDR Approved Consultant