FPH Teammate’s Book to Hit Shelves This Friday

Cindy Spence, Faith Presbyterian Hospice (FPH) massage therapist, has used her decades of experience to write a book designed to guide healthcare providers and therapists to comfort end-of-life patients with soothing touch.

“We will all face the loss of people we care for,” Spence said. “I wanted to write the book I wish I’d had 23 years ago when I began this work, with simple skills that anyone can use to improve the end of life, both for our patients and our loved ones.”

In a recent article for MASSAGE Magazine, Spence described the exponential growth of palliative care to support people with advanced and terminal diseases. Numerous studies indicate that massage can offer moments of comfort, wellbeing and beauty at a challenging time, yet most of us are not prepared with the right skills or knowledge to offer this help.

Based on more than two decades of field and inpatient hospice experience, Palliative Touch addresses topics from common end-of-life symptoms and stages of dying to cultural issues and how these can impact end-of-life care. Readers are guided to engage with the material at whatever level might be appropriate for their needs, with practical tips in every chapter. Beautiful color photographs, actual case studies, and stories from therapists, caregivers and patients bring this information to life.

Palliative Touch: Massage for People at the End of Life will be available this Friday, December 16. Click here to purchase it with free shipping from the publisher. The book is also available for preorder on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Click here to read Cynthia’s article in Massage Magazine.