I am very proud of the initial reviews of the book. These first six blentries appear on the back of the jacket. A few later testimonials follow and more are on the blog
"Through powerful images and empowering messages, Love, Loss, and Laughter offers a glimpse of the disease through an important new lens. This groundbreaking book provides honor, respect and dignity to people living with dementia and delivers comfort, support and understanding to their caregivers. Equal parts inspiring and informative, this book will go a long way in enhancing the quality of care, and the quality of life, of everyone touched by this disease." — Maria Shriver, Journalist, activist and best-selling author of six books, including What's Happening to Grandpa?
"This remarkable collection of photographs and commentaries creates an eye-opening perspective on persons with Alzheimer's Disease -- still human, still loved, and still capable of joy. It will inspire anyone --professional or lay person -- who has been touched by Alzheimer's." — Harvey Fineberg, President of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences
“The secret of this book is the secret of what really moves people to action. First, faces that express the full range of our humanity, vivid images that span the planet and test our emotional range. And second, stories of care that provide the backdrop for solid information on how to approach persons with dementia and their carers with respect and dignity.” — Michael Splaine, Splaine Consulting, Former Director of Policy and Advocacy Programs in the Public Policy Division of the Alzheimer’s Association
"As someone with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, I can identify with the joy that people still feel in living and being involved, despite their cognitive decline due to the condition. This exceptional collection of photographs captures this beautifully. You can almost touch the joy, love and laughter that emanates from the people involved; it is so tangible, you are lovingly invited into each picture to share the moment". —Lynda A Hogg, Board member, ADI, author of the report Dementia: Impact on Relationships
“Seeing is believing. These vibrant in-the-moment images and brilliantly brief program and practice pearls will change teaching and conversations about "caring" among aging services and healthcare professionals. Love, Loss. and Laughter will alter expectations, relationships, perspectives, talking and behavior. Everyone affected by dementia stands to gain. Buy this book.” —Lisa P. Gwyther, Co-author, The Alzheimer's Action Plan: A Family Guide, Director, Duke Center for Aging Family Support Program
“People with illnesses are more than their disease. This fact needs to be borne in mind especially with Alzheimer’s, a (so far) irreversible brain disease whose most obvious effects are the steady deterioration of cognition and accompanying changes in the patient’s interpersonal world . This inspiring book with its extraordinary photographs and text goes a long way towards reminding us of the basic humanity of those afflicted and of how we can meet the challenges Alzheimer’s poses.” — Gerald C. Davison, Ph.D., Dean, Davis School of Gerontology, University of Southern California
I receive many touching emails telling me of responses to exhibits and the book. Here are a few that I reread often...
This is not work related.
During the weekend, I had the occasion to go through the text of your book and I found it excellent and so touching. As it was inevitable, it brought up lots of emotion, but that was healthy and pleasant after all. Just for you to know that I am reading and appreciiating your entire work on a personal basis having lost my mother because of Alzheimer's. I was 24 and she was 54 when she started to lose memory and gradually was not any more able to recognie us. I thank God that I could share this with my sister and that we could, after the first period of anger and depression, accept that my mother was simply another person deserving our love and attention. Your business card with the lady with hair curlers made me think that in the last year I used to take care of her appearance to let her always keep the dignity which characterized her in her whole life. And it was often by laughing at the things she would do as a little child that my sister and I could cope during those difficult days.
Just wanted to share this with you, confidentially congratulating you for the work you are doing.
Maria ([ Geneva} She has given me permission to reprint this here)
I am writing from my office at the Alzheimer's Society of Montreal. I am the intake worker and most of my contact with caregivers is by phone to provide emotional support, active listening, information and guidace to the many caregiers on the island of Montreal. I am writing however, not to speak abaout my work but rather to thank you for capturing in your photography many special moments from around the world. I fnd your work and project extremely inspiring! I am certain that you have touched many lives by being a voice for sometimes the voiceless --- Thank you for exposing the everyday, sometimes overlooked, lives of these brave individuals living life with AD as well as those who have dedicated their personal and professional lives to these individuals. It is tremendous.
I hope that you can visit us one day and maybe we can share your work with our community in Montreal
All the best,