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Sue Knight Deutsch, a cantor – a Jewish spiritual leader – has written this wonderfully helpful book from her own experience and deep love for people and God. The issue here is and how we can most deeply and with meaning help those at life’s ending as well as ourselves. This is a tribute to her late husband, Michael, and the many people whose lives have touched her. She is “in turn paying it forward to others both in my professional and personal life…” Sue has touched many lives with compassion and love and this book will serve to reach myriads of others. I find it hard to put down and is a book I know I will be revisiting many times.
– Cantor Jaclyn Chernett
As a Geriatric Social Worker and Strategic Intervention coach I am amazed and appreciative of the depth of Sue’s message in The Healing Hand. I heard about the book online, and immediately ordered it. I deal with aging, caregiving and end of life concerns with many of my clients and this book has such authenticity and clarity. End of life is a time when even the most eloquent of us are stuck…”what to say, how to say it??” The Healing Hand gives us a gift at a most crucial time in our relationship with a loved one.
Thank you Sue for sharing your wisdom. I will recommend this to my clients, friends and family who are facing a loved one’s decline. Wait a minute…we are ALL facing our own or loved one’s decline at some point, so I correct my last statement. I will recommend this to all my clients, friends and family.
Hazzan Deutsch’s book is a must-read for those not only clergy but for lay people as well. Often a pastoral visit does not go as expected and the presence of mind and accessibility is often blurred by the unexpected situation. Hazzan Sue provides a myriad of examples of how we can connect with one another in the most meaningful , natural ways. In this ever evolving world of technology and instant computerized accessibility , the face to face, touch to touch human experience is becoming less practiced but yet more than ever needed. I keep this book in my office and refer it out to those who are faced with difficult situations not only for end of life, but also as a tool for communication as it is wonderfully geared to be read by all.
Cantor Penny Myers
I keep a copy in my car. So often a person in my life finds themselves with a terminally ill loved one and feeling alone. So this book is a resource for me, I flip through the pages and refresh my understanding of how to navigate the important conversations or I gift the book on.
Cantor Sue’s book is an easy read and packs a punch. This book shows that in dying we can still have powerful transformative conversations. The stories add depth and insight into the five conversations- thank you, please forgive me, I forgive you, I love you and goodbye. I’m so thankful for this book.
This book has helped me navigate some very difficult situations and has been a crutch for me and my loved ones. I actually keep spare copies with me, as there seems to always be a need, as with life comes dying. I am so grateful for the knowledge held in this book!
This is a fantastic book. Got my hands on a copy on Saturday and it is chock full of impactful vignettes and stories that help define values, open discussion, and leave all who read it richer for having done so. Highly recommend!
Rabbi Heather Ellen Miller
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