Nancy Manahan & Becky Bohan
Authors and Activists

Living Consciously, Dying Gracefully

          Table of Contents

Foreword by Bill Manahan, M.D.


Part One: “This Long Journey with Cancer as My Companion”
   Chapter One: The Journey Begins: Diagnosis
   Chapter Two: The Journey Continues: Treatments
   Chapter Three: Remission
   Chapter Four: Metastasis
   Chapter Five: Playing on Three Strings
   Chapter Six: Orchestrating the Finale
   Chapter Seven: The End Draws Near

Part Two: A Graceful Death
   Chapter Eight: The Journey Ends: Home Free
   Chapter Nine: The Ritual of Washing
   Chapter Ten: The Viewing
   Chapter Eleven: The Cremation
   Chapter Twelve: The Wake
   Chapter Thirteen: The Life Celebration

Part Three: Living On
   Chapter Fourteen: The Portal
   Chapter Fifteen: The Gift of Lavender
   Chapter Sixteen: Two Visits and a Request
   Chapter Seventeen: The Dreams
   Chapter Eighteen: A Different Frequency
   Chapter Nineteen: A Second Chance


Guidebook: Lessons from Diane on Dealing with a Serious Illness Or Death
   If You Are Diagnosed with a Serious Illness
   If You Are Going through Treatment
   If You Are Facilitating a Support Group
   If You Are Terminally Ill
   If You Are Planning Your End-of-Life Experience
   Making Plans for After You Die
   Ideas for the Caregivers of a Person Who is Dying
   Helping Someone Who is Having a Seizure
   Caring for the Body
   Holding a Visitation or Vigil
   Accompanying the Body to a Crematorium
   Holding a Wake
   Holding a Memorial Service/Life Celebration

   Appendix A: A Summary of Healing Philosophies by Bill Manahan, M.D.
   Appendix B: Complementary Treatments Used by Diane
   Appendix C: Resolve to Get Organized by Vanda Manahan, Ph.D.
   Appendix D: An Open Letter to Tessa Manahan from Chuck Lofy
   Appendix E: Eulogy from Susie Symons
   Appendix F: “Diane’s Song” by Jon Olseth
   Appendix G: Timeline of Diane Jansen Manahan
   Appendix H: The Family Tree
   Appendix I: List of People Mentioned and Their Relation to Diane

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