Holy Dying: Stories and Struggles

Human beings do not want to die we spend infinite resources to sustain life, without regard to cost or quality And yet we do die Facing terminal illness and unprepared for death, we can feel abandoned by both secular and faith based institutions, whose focus on restoration can fall short of the wisdom and grace needed to embrace a holy death as a part of life.Ellen RichHuman beings do not want to die we spend infinite resources to sustain life, without regard to cost or quality And yet we do die Facing terminal illness and unprepared for death, we can feel abandoned by both secular and faith based institutions, whose focus on restoration can fall short of the wisdom and grace needed to embrace a holy death as a part of life.Ellen Richardson hopes to change things by offering stories from her work in hospice and palliative care, and the rich resources of the church s Scripture and tradition, to create safe space for exploring questions we carry about dying Her book is intended for individual readers, and to be used in group, workshop, or retreat settings within the church, so that practices of prayer and healing can become once a source of comfort and strength, not simply tools of defiance against illness and weakness No amount of faith will buy immortality for earthly bodies, but death need not be a time of failure and isolation Holy Dying helps us lay claim to our scriptural stories as hard teachers of our mortal heritage.Audience Adult Education in parish settings book clubs professional caregivers retreat and workshop participants
Holy Dying Stories and Struggles Human beings do not want to die we spend infinite resources to sustain life without regard to cost or quality And yet we do die Facing terminal illness and unprepared for death we can feel abandoned

  • Title: Holy Dying: Stories and Struggles
  • Author: Ellen Richardson
  • ISBN: 9780819233363
  • Page: 239
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. This is a remarkable collection of stories about dying by Ellen Richardson, a physician and Episcopal priest. Even though the book is written from a clear Christian perspective, I think the accounts of the dying process are useful for everyone. She does not sugarcoat the dying, and many of the chapters had me in tears. Highly recommended for persons contemplating this difficult topic.

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