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In this practical helper's companion, the authors provide support and inspiration fo us in our efforts as members of the helping professions, as volunteers, as community activists, or simply as friends and family trying to meet each other's needs. Here too are deeply moving personal accounts: A housewife brings zoo animals to lift the spirits of nursing home residents; a nun tends the wounded on the first night of the Nicaraguan revolution; a police officer talks a desperate father out of leaping from a roof with his child; a nurse allows an infant to spend its last moments of life in her arms rather than on a hospital machine. From many such stories and the authors' reflections, we can find strength, clarity, and wisdom for those times when we are called on to care for one another. How Can I Help? reminds us just how much we have to give and how doing so can lead to some of the most joyous moments of our lives.
Chapter 1: Natural Compassion
Chapter 2: Who's Helping?
Chapter 3: Suffering
Chapter 4: The Listening Mind
Chapter 5: Helping Prison
Chapter 6: The Way of Social Action
Chapter 7: Burnout
Chapter 8: Reprise: Walking Each Other Home
"A treasury of compassion, made all the more valuable by its many examples of how individuals can interact for the better with people and, indeed, the world around them." —Norman Cousins, author of Anantomy of an Illness