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About The Book

When her father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Jessica Cording’s family turned their lives upside down to care for him during what he coined his “Farewell Tour”—a nod to his career in the music business. But when your loved ones need you most, who’s taking care of the caregivers?

Through the lens of this heartbreaking and intimate journey, Cording offers a funny, heartwarming, and unique approach to end-of-life care or caring for someone with ongoing needs. She seamlessly blends her own expertise as a dietitian and health coach with humor and personal anecdotes while featuring interviews from other wellness professionals, world-renowned musicians, and music industry professionals. The book includes a playlist based off of songs Cording and her father were each listening to during his Farewell Tour, with suggested listening for each chapter. Cording reminds you it’s okay to laugh, it’s okay to date (if you want to), and it’s imperative to take care of yourself along the way.

Whether you’re feeling burned out or isolated, whether dealing with terminal illness or ongoing needs, The Farewell Tour is an invaluable guide to navigating the burdens of caregiving that often go unspoken.

About The Author

Jessica Cording, MS, RD, CDN, INHC is a registered dietitian, health coach, and author with a passion for helping people simplify their wellness routine and build sustainable healthy habits. Through her writing, consulting, public speaking, and counseling, she works with individuals, corporations, and the media to help make drama-free healthy living approachable and enjoyable. She is the author of The Little Book of Game-Changers: 50 Healthy Habits For Managing Stress & Anxiety and the upcoming The Farewell Tour: A Caregiver’s Guide To Stress Management, Sane Nutrition, and Better Sleep (Viva Editions). 

She also runs the Drama-Free Healthy Living podcast and has recorded guided meditations for Simple Habit. She also has created educational content for CARAVAN Wellness. Cording is a part of the mindbodygreen Collective and a frequent contributor to media outlets such as Forbes, SHAPE, and more. Additionally, a big believer in the mental and physical benefits of exercise, she is a certified Pilates mat instructor.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Viva Editions (October 11, 2022)
  • Length: 240 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781632281326

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Raves and Reviews

Exceptionally well written, The Farewell Tour: A Caregiver's Guide to Stress Management, Sane Nutrition, and Better Sleep is as inspiring as it is informative, encouraging, and inherently interesting.

– Midwest Book Review

The Farewell Tour is so much MORE than a book— it's a guidepost for anyone, anywhere who is (or will become) a caregiver. It's truly THE book that I so desperately wanted to read (and searched for to no avail!) when my dad was sick, and I laughed, cried, and yelped affirmations aloud as I devoured it start-to-finish in an afternoon. Jess is as masterful at writing and storytelling as she is at applying science-based evidence to her patients' real lives as a health practitioner. Yes, this book is filled with compassion, love, humor, resilience, and grief; but it's also an exceptionally practical guide that provides tangible, actionable strategies that can help make life less difficult so that you can make the most of the time you have with the people you love.

– Jaclyn London, MS, RD, CDN, Consultant, Brand/Media Expert, and Author, "Dressing on the Side (and Other Diet Myths Debunked): 11 Science-Based Ways to Eat More, Stress Less, and Feel Great About Your Body"

Jessica Cording has utilized the best of her massive talents as a storyteller, interviewer, and dietitian/health coach to create this extraordinary book that I know I will continue to pick up and read for years to come.

– Adam Wade, 20-Time Moth StorySlam Winner and Author of You Ought to Know Adam Wade

This caregiver’s guide is so much more than a self-care tool. Cording weaves in personal anecdotes of her own caregiver journey, star-studded interviews, and yes, even music playlists. This framework makes it an interesting read that’s also chock-full of tips to help you take care of yourself so you can show up better for those you’re tending to.

– Samantha Cassetty, MS, RD, nutrition and wellness expert and co-author of Sugar Shock

This is an important resource for caregivers of all kinds. Jess’s engaging combination of storytelling, actionable tips, and mind-body wellness insight makes this an approachable, relatable tool for the overwhelmed caregiver.

– Jason Wachob, Founder & Co-CEO, mindbodygreen

I know all too well how difficult caregiving can be and this book, which blends approachable advice, personal story, and even a playlist, is an essential tool to help avoid or recover from burnout. You’ll learn the basics of what to eat to keep your energy and mood up, how to improve sleep, make movement part of your life even with minimal time, and more. No matter where on your journey you are, The Farewell Tour can help lighten the load.

– Max Lugavere, NY Times Best-selling author, science journalist, and podcast host 

The Farewell Tour is a life resource tool that the entire world could use right now — not just caregivers. Clever and heart-warming, illuminating and raw, Jessica shares her expert ingredients and soundtrack for a well-lived life.

– Kate Eckman, award-winning author of The Full Spirit Workout

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