Journey’s End: Death, Dying, and the End of Life- Xlibris

In Journey’s End, multiple personal, professional, and societal perspectives provide valuable insights. Victoria Brewster and Julie Saeger Nierenberg compiled these many and varied quotes, chapters, and resources to serve as a tool for death and dying education, professional training, and grief and bereavement support. Ideal for anyone who will experience death and dying, the book’s intended readership includes, whether now or in the future… everyone.

Though few of us know when we will die, we and our family or friends can be well prepared. We can have discussions and create written directives for what we want, if we are unable to verbally state them ourselves. Do we want life support? Do we want interventions that may or may not have any benefit to our quality of life if we are in the hospital or in an accident? Do we want to be involved in planning our funeral, memorial, or celebration of life?

The submissions within are from professionals in the field of death and bereavement support and from laypeople, all of whom share stories of dying family members, friends, clients, and patients. Julie and Victoria, the coauthors of this book, also share stories from their personal and professional experiences. Journey’s End is a broadly comprehensive book about death, dying, and the end of life.


Julie Saeger Nierenberg

Inspired equally by her professional backgrounds as a biomedical researcher and long-time educator, Julie values open and lively discussions based on interview and research findings, trends in health and wellness, and exciting new modalities of treatment and professional education. She believes it will be through such discussions that we will create new and more satisfying cultural paradigms within which we may live all the days of our lives with dignity and quality of care.

Victoria Brewster

Victoria has a master of social work degree and a CEOLS (Certified End of Life Specialist certificate). She has worked as a case manager with older adults for the past nineteen years and as a group facilitator for eighteen years. Her past work experience was as a therapist with children and families, and as a case manager for adults with mental health issues. Her consulting business, NorthernMSW, focuses on end-of-life issues, planning, training, and advocacy, along with memoir writing, editing, and proofreading.

*We are republishing this book into 2 parts as the first book is over 500 pages which appeared to overwhelm people. We are currently creating a new book cover.

Because of the current COVID-19 pandemic, this book will be even more important. Julie and I will write a perspective about Canada as a whole and include information from each of our respective provinces; Julie – Ontario and me – Quebec. We also have an individual from India writing a perspective on the topic as well.*

The book is available at:

Xlibris,, Chapter’s-Indigo,, Barnes & Noble, and if you live locally in Montreal, the book can be bought directly from me for $20 Canadian.

Contact me:

on September 3, 2017Published on
Brewster and Nierenberg, invite us ALL, layperson and professional alike, to “lean in” to the subject of death, dying and the end of life. In an open-hearted and comprehensive approach, the authors gather in perspectives of those who are intimate with the face of death and offer the rest of us a glimpse of the issues which live in that sphere. The author’s themselves have had transformational experiences regarding death and dying and for that very reason, are able to lead others in transforming their own thoughts about the end of life. ADD THIS BOOK TO YOUR LIBRARY!
on September 2, 2017Published on
Some 53 contributors to this book of essays on death and dying. Comprehensive and unique views of the subject. Beautifully compiled by the 2 editors, Brewster & Nierenberg. Great teamwork by them! I hope it will be useful to all those working in the field of thanatology, to folks who are just curious about such work and especially to the people who are dying + the survivors who grieve their loss. All of us will die. Death is a stage in every life. All of us will always fear death. This book may bring some comfort in the face of those fears. BUY it, read it, keep it!
on September 26, 2017Published on
Journey’s End is uplifting, informative, and inclusive. I recommend it to anyone who works in healthcare or deals with end of life issues, caregiving, and eldercare.
on August 31, 2017Published on
The myriad perspectives contained within the pages of “Journey’s End” will serve to ease conversations about and planning for death, dying and end of life. This book is a valuable resource for all ages.
**The book was featured in Seniors Lifestyles Magazine
Interview with Death Matters on Co-op Radio in Vancouver-  November 8, 2017:
**Interview with Cheryl Jones on ‘Good Grief” – January 3, 2018: