Sacred Vigil Press Testimonials

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I wanted to let you know how much my co-workers and I appreciated the three booklets that you wrote – ‘If I Should Die’, ‘Telling My Life’s Story’ and ‘Sacred Vigil.’ Excellent! They have so many helpful suggestions on caregiving, on communicating with a loved one, about story telling and creating lifetime memories. Thank you for all of the work that went into writing these and for giving such support to so many folks who need a guide when going through such life changing experiences.

— Penny Ender, Hospice and Palliative Care Center – Winston Salem, NC


I use your booklets in my graduate class on Foundations of Pastoral Care (which teaches how to be with people who are sick, dying and grieving). I also promote them when I teach sessions to financial professionals who have clients that are aging and getting sick. Your booklets are small, easy to read and so very helpful.

— Amy Florian, Hoffman Estates, Illinois


Sacred Vigil Press Testimonials

I’m involved with folks from the home funeral movement. Often, we work with people as they are planning their final disposition arrangements and that is when your books are very helpful in working with families. They are short, factual and the information you present is practical, unbiased, well-written so it is understandable and very helpful to people.

— Donna Belk, Home Funeral Consultant, Austin, Texas


I use your booklets in my graduate class on Foundations of Pastoral Care (which teaches how to be with people who are sick, dying and grieving). I also promote them when I teach sessions to financial professionals who have clients that are aging and getting sick. Your booklets are small, easy to read and so very helpful.

— Amy Florian, Hoffman Estates, Illinois


I can’t tell you how much my families have appreciated both “Anticipatory Grief” and “If I Should Die” – but especially “If I Should Die”…It really helps to prepare them.

— Danielle Gilbert, MSW, Aseracare Hospice – Richmond, Virginia


I am a social worker at Hospice of the Valley. I find your publications very helpful in my practice.

— Susan Weisberg, Hospice of the Valley – Santa Clara County, CA


Marty, you have created a gift for every person walking the path of end of life and especially for those of us who have chosen to walk beside them. I applaud you, I admire you and I am grateful to you for your energies, your wisdom and your willingness to share with the world what you have learned from your work.

— Sean Jeung, Chaplain/Volunteer Coordinator – Hospice of the Valley, Basalt, Colorado


Marty, Thank you for being so prompt, and, mostly, for being you. The work you have done and the pamphlets you have made available to all of us are awesome. I am so grateful for you and the work you have done, and continue to do. I am so impressed with them as they say what I want to say to clients, in such a warm and loving, caring way. I don’t need to reinvent the wheel. You are such a blessing. Thank you again.

— Chaplain Barb Smith, Sun Tree Hospice, St. George, Utah


I work as a NODA (No One Dies Alone) volunteer and SACRED VIGIL was in the bag we carry to visit patients. It was beautiful to read as I sat with my patient. I even sang a hymn because all the words were there.

— Deni Callahan, No One Dies Alone – Providence, Alaska


My father has dementia and time is short to share the memories he has held close to his heart for 93 years. TELLING MY LIFE’S STORY was invaluable…with suggestions in how to gently draw those memories to the surface. I was surprised at what I learned

— Joanne Hebert, Medford, Oregon


I wanted to let you know how much my co-workers and I appreciated the three booklets that you wrote – ‘If I Should Die’, ‘Telling My Life’s Story’ and ‘Sacred Vigil.’ Excellent! They have so many helpful suggestions on caregiving, on communicating with a loved one, about story telling and creating lifetime memories. Thank you for all of the work that went into writing these and for giving such support to so many folks who need a guide when going through such life changing experiences.

— Penny Ender, Hospice and Palliative Care Center – Winston Salem, NC


I just ordered a shipment of your books… We love the misconceptions vs. reality format and straightforward discussion of hospice concerns and benefits [in “Is Hospice Right for You?”]. I’m also happy to have a neutral source of accurate information to offer our clients when they begin to wonder “When is the right time?”

— Bob Daley, Benton Hospice Service, Corvallis, OR