The Art and Science of Caregiving - a guidebook

The Art and Science of Caregiving: Stories of Inspiring Elders with an End-of-Life guidebook, by Annelise Schinzinger, an expert in caring for the elderly and dying.

A resource by Natural Deathcare Initiative (NDI)

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"If you are helping a loved one at the end-stage of life, this book is an invaluable resource and guide. Annelise inspires and informs through her stories about elders, the Action Points for Caregivers that follow each story, and her thoughtful guidebook. Readers will gain valuable insights on how to help someone live as fully as possible during the end-phase of life, enjoying what is available to them."

- John Gray, author of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.

"The science of caregiving is essential to support physical function; the art of caregiving nourishes both the heart and the soul."

- Mary Dixon, hospice and palliative care nurse.

The Art and Science of Caregiving: Stories of Inspiring Elders with an End-of-Life Guidebook is available on Amazon.

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Watch a video of Annelise speaking about courage and losing her fear of death.

In The Art and Science of Caregiving you will learn:

· How to navigate end-of-life situations with confidence and skill

· Foundational tools to bring ease, joy, and comfort to daily life

· The importance of music, pets, storytelling, and essential oils

· How to develop good listening and communication skills

· How to talk to people with dementia and Alzheimer's

· How to find, interview, and hire a caregiver

· Normal death activity and signs and symptoms of approaching death

· Practical steps to take after a death and the grieving process.

It is an invaluable opportunity to help someone who is losing their capacity to function in the world and to assist in their preparation for passage. Annelise reaches deeply into the heart and soul of what it is like to be present with someone on their dying journey.


Annelise learned about the importance of competent and loving caregivers when she was recovering from a serious illness at nineteen. When her grandmother and mother were dying, she applied what she had learned from them. Her grandmother’s peaceful passage when she was twenty-nine took her fear of death away. She gravitated towards elders who showed her how to live, and how to die. After caring for her mother, Annelise left the corporate world to become a professional end-of-life caregiver.

Annelise has a bachelor’s degree in Portuguese and Spanish and a Certificate in Human Resources Management, both from the University of California, Irvine. Since 1991, she has immersed herself in the study of end-of-life care, and over the decades has become an expert in caring for the elderly and dying. She is passionate about improving the quality of life of the person who is dying, their loved ones, and the caregivers.

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