About The Authors
Gail Cason-Reiser , (center) Death Doula, hasbeen a strong, outspoken, patient advocatesince contacting a life-threatening illness andbeginning her own battle over 40 years ago.In addition, she was the devoted caregiver to her husband during his battle with cancer. She has led support groups and given individual counseling to those living with life-threatening and terminal illness and to their significant others, families, and friends. A frequent speaker on death and dying issues, she gives lectures to the public and caregiving professionals, provides in-service training, and often is requested to eulogize at memorials and funerals. A former business executive, she is now devoted to providing a voice for, and in support of, patients.
Michael J . Demoratz , (right) Ph.D., MSW, LCSW, CCM, has over 35 years’ experience in hospice and palliative care. Nationally, as a recognized expert (Case Manager of the Year Award, CMSA), he has presented at hundreds of conferences and published numerous articles on end-of-life, bereavement, pain management, and catastrophic case management. He is a Board Member of the Commission for Case Manager Certification and was a 6-year former Board Member of the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California. Currently, he provides consulting services to the Memorial Healthcare System for patients and families seeking hospice and palliative care support. He has provided support for over 10,000 patients and families.
Richard J . Reiser , (left) MA, LMFT, Certified Hakomi Therapist, is a licensed family psychotherapist who has devoted himself to volunteering with the homeless, the chemically dependent, and the significant others, spouses, family, and friends of those facing life-threatening and terminal illness. A retired marketing executive and former advertising agency owner (Lifetime Achievement Award), he has experienced his own battle with cancer and his wife’s 40-year struggle with her illness.
Although this book may be titled DYING 101:,
it’s really about living and how you choose to live
the time that you have left.
It’s important to have these options explained to you so that you can use whatever time is remaining to be honest, to be open, to be direct, to be candid, and to deal with your life as you choose.