Ramos to sign copies of book

Published 10:35 pm Friday, March 18, 2011

Suffolk author Sandi Ramos will hold a book signing today for her book “He Carries Me: A Message of Hope and Understanding for the Caregivers of Terminally Ill Loved Ones.”


The book signing will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at Healing Time Coffee Café, 3235 Bridge Road, Unit 8.

Written from a first-person perspective, the book recounts Ramos’ experiences caring for her husband, Roy, who died of cancer in September 2007, 10 months after he was diagnosed.

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“You’re in a grieving process, from the very beginning, once you realize it’s terminal,” Ramos said in a September interview. “It’s a very traumatic, emotional, illogical, devastating challenge you’re put into.”

Throughout the process, Ramos was unable to find many resources to help her learn to be a caregiver. She began keeping a journal and soon realized her insights could help others.

Ramos discusses the various programs available through hospitals and hospices, as well as the benefits of a professional grief counselor and support from her church.

“This is material that will help those going through this situation totally cold,” Ramos said. “It will give you insight into things that might be challenging you, and things that you face that you don’t realize are going to come up.”