Reflections on a Dying Life

Reflections on a Dying Life

Author: Donald X. Burt

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 0814630170

Category: Religion

Page: 194

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"An eminently accessible and deeply pastoral book of Christian eschatology. The author uses his masterful knowledge of St. Augustine's writings to create a classically Catholic spirituality of aging, integrting a deep faith with his disciplined reason, he gently, lovingly sculpts an Augustinian spirituality of death and resurrection." [Back cover].

Faithful Living, Faithful Dying

Faithful Living, Faithful Dying

Author: End of Life Task Force of the Standing Commission on National Concerns

Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 9780819218308

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 175

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An important examination of the theological, spiritual, and ethical issues surrounding death. At the end of a life of faithfulness comes our dying. To approach it as faithfully as we have our living calls for some serious forethought. Because one of the simplest facts of life—that we all die—seems like the most complicated thing we do. Not only have advances in medical technology saved lives, but they also have prolonged death, and raise a number ethical, moral, social, and theological issues. How far should we go to sustain life? Is it right to withdraw artificial feeding from the dying? Is it wrong to end the lives of those in pain? No matter who we are, dealing with these sorts of choices near the end of life is difficult to do on our own.Faithful Living, Faithful Dying: Anglican Reflections on End of Life Care brings together the wisdom of a task force created by the 72nd General Convention of the Episcopal Church to study what faithful living and faithful dying mean today. The task force’s reflections, published for the first time in this book, assist individuals, congregations, and the Church as a whole to disentangle the thicket of ethical, theological, pastoral, and policy concerns.

Reflections on Mortality

Reflections on Mortality

Author: B. Glenn Wilkerson DMin

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781532007675

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 322

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Many of us fill our lives with so much work, entertainment, and fluff that we fail to consider the reality that our personal journeys on earth must someday come to an end. This collection of essays and articles points out that human existence is a fragile, terminal gift. Accepting that encourages us to live dynamic, purposeful lives. Combining insights from thought leaders in the fields of medicine, mental health, and religion, as well as hospice, funeral directors, and those who have faced life-threatening situations, the writers and editors of this book share their honest, open views about death, dying, and the possibilities of an afterlife. Enormously compelling and easy to read, the book calls us to engage in passionate, meaningful living in the here and now. Start making every day count with Reflections on Mortality. I found the book helpful in setting out so many issues surrounding our death and dying. His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops I found myself asking, Why wasnt a book of this scope and impact available until now? It is a true gift to all of us. Robert J. Wicks, Psy.D., author of Perspective: The Calm within the Storm; Bounce: Living the Resilient Life

Glimpse After Glimpse

Glimpse After Glimpse

Author: Sogyal Rinpoche

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061759567

Category: Religion

Page: 416

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New from the bestselling author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying--365 thought-provoking meditations on life, death, doubt, mindfulness, compassion, wisdom, work, and more!

Reflections on Life in Ghettos, Camps and Prisons

Reflections on Life in Ghettos, Camps and Prisons

Author: Simon Turner

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000752687

Category: Social Science

Page: 130

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Reflections on Life in Ghettos, Camps and Prisons explores the relationship between ghettos, camps, places of detention and prisons with a focus on those people who are confined, encamped, imprisoned, detained, stuck, or forcibly removed through the lens of ‘stuckness’. From a point of departure in anthropology, with important contributions from criminology, geography and philosophy, the chapters explore how life is lived in and across these sites of confinement by focusing on the tactics of everyday life, while being mindful of how forms of abjection are constitutive elements of these sites. Stuckness, from this inter-disciplinary perspective, is not simply a function of the spatial form it takes; we need to understand how temporality animates stuckness as an important dimension of confinement. Death, the ultimate temporal boundary, emerges as particularly significant in this regard. With case studies from Palestine, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Northern Australia, Rwanda, Ivory Coast and Nicaragua, the contributors focus on the empirical question of how structures of stuckness, confinement and forced mobility impact on the possibilities of ‘making life’. Suggesting new ways of thinking about how temporality and spatiality intersect and overlap in the lives of people struggling to manage conditions of stuckness, Reflections on Life in Ghettos, Camps and Prisons will be of great interest to scholars of anthropology, geography, criminology and philosophy. The chapters in this book originally published as a special issue of Ethnos.

The Art of Dying Well

The Art of Dying Well

Author: Ian M. Kilgour

Publisher: Independently Published

ISBN: 1091701474

Category: Self-Help

Page: 82

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This book will help you face your own death with courage and faith. Some simple things can help ease your mind and bring peace to your heart. Much of the book is written in the first-person singular to help you personalise your reflections. There are many prompts for you to write in a notebook or journal your reflections and memories of significant people, places and events in your life, and ideas for your funeral. Dip into the book where and when you want, pondering only one or two paragraphs at a time. It includes readings and meditations from a wide range of perspectives and faith traditions.Praise for The Art of Dying Well: "To those who reflectively read these pages as they knowingly approach the completion of their lives, and their death, Ian Kilgour has offered a map and a compass.There is realism, compassion and inclusiveness in what he offers in this text-The Art of Dying Well. Not only that, he offers the wisdom and inspiration of others, as well as his own.When we all harvest our experiences, offer thanks for all that has been and what we have learnt, then we can say a confident 'Yes' to whatever lies ahead, including death, where an embrace of undying Love awaits us."Bishop Bruce Gilberd CNZM, S.Th., B.Sc.Former Bishop of Auckland"Working in the pastoral care team environment of a retirement village, a need was identified for a resource that could offer people a pathway to help them face their fears about aging, illness and death.Ian's writings allow people, to reflectively examine their lives and prepare for their final journey in a positive and hopeful way. His writings come from the heart and personal experience supported by inspirational writings, poetry and verse from throughout history and from all faith traditions and none.The format Ian has chosen allows for those who may be struggling with concentration to absorb sections at their own pace and in whatever order they choose."Patsy Cochrane, Chaplain, St Andrew's VillageAbout the author: Ian Kilgour is a Salvation Army officer and Christian minister with wide experience in pastoral care and the deeply human issues we all struggle with. Although now retired, he remains actively involved in church, chaplaincy, community and social justice work. After a serious health event that caused him to face his own mortality, he gathered together the reflections that comprise this book-a work in which he was encouraged and assisted by the people of his home congregation, St. Heliers Presbyterian Church in Auckland.Ian believes that everyone has the capacity to find meaning in life, to deepen their spirituality, and to become all they can be. He has an inclusive understanding of life in which everything and everyone is interconnected and of immense value. Ian dedicates this publication to those whom he has had the privilege of laying to rest.

Your Year for Change

Your Year for Change

Author: Bronnie Ware

Publisher: Hay House, Inc

ISBN: 9781401946937

Category: Self-Help

Page: 256

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Having spent several years listening to, and then writing about, the regrets of dying people, Bronnie Ware understands the importance of acknowledging death and finding the courage to live a happy and authentic life in the meantime. In this tender yet influential collection, Bronnie Ware shares 52 inspiring stories, woven among observations from her daily life, strengthening you with the values needed for regret-free living. You can read one story a week or read them all right through. Either way, Bronnie’s ability to open your eyes to new perspectives will also open your heart to new strengths and dreams. Your Year for Change is a gentle and powerful book that will leave you determined to embrace your life, forgive your past, honor your heart, and create a regret-free future of happiness and wonder.

Living Before Dying

Living Before Dying

Author: Jack Conrad

Publisher: Tate Pub & Enterprises Llc

ISBN: 1606046942

Category: Self-Help

Page: 157

View: 536

Jack writes with care, compassion and commitment. This is a must read for anyone who is blessed to accompany a loved one on that sacred journey toward 'life.'' -Gale Francine Kennebrew, D. Min. Whether with a loved one or facing death yourself, what is it going to be like? Conrad explores lived out experiences with people facing death and learning to live the life that God has remaining for them in Living Before Dying, The Impact of Death on Our Lives. From 97-year-old frail ladies to little ones in the presence of their dying mother, Jack touches the reader with stories that will teach or bring you back to memories of your loved ones. Framed in the Leading Causes of Life not death, Jack will show you examples of how to remain Living Before Dying. Jack Conrad is a man who became an Ordained Catholic Deacon some 15 years ago and encountered many difficult situations with death. Jack has two Masters Degrees, his most recent one in Religion. Jack is married to his high school sweetheart Linda who had five children, four of which were adopted special needs children. They now live within a few houses of some of their 13 grandchildren in Memphis Tennessee. Jack has lost all of his natural family losing two brothers, a sister, as well as his mother and father. He experienced the wonder of Hospice people as he experienced the death of his Mother and Brother. He vowed to pay back that gift as indeed he has in being a Hospice Chaplain, which has culminated with his book Living Before Dying

Deathworlds to Lifeworlds

Deathworlds to Lifeworlds

Author: Valerie Malhotra Bentz

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110691863

Category: Philosophy

Page: 385

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Deathworlds are places on planet earth that can no longer sustain life. These are increasing rapidly. We experience remnants of Deathworlds within our Lifeworlds (for example traumatic echoes of war, genocide, oppression). Many practices and policies, directly or indirectly, are "Deathworld-Making." They undermine Lifeworlds contributing to community decline, illnesses, climate change, and species extinction. This book highlights the ways in which writing about and sharing meaningful experiences may lead to social and environmental justice practices, decreasing Deathworld-Making. Phenomenology is a method which reveals the connection between personal suffering and the suffering of the planet earth and all its creatures. Sharing can lead to collaborative relationships among strangers for social and environmental justice across barriers of culture, politics, and language. "Deathworlds into Lifeworlds wakes people up to how current economic and social forces are destroying life and communities on our planet, as I have mapped in my work. The chapters by scholars around the world in this powerful book testify to the pervasive consequences of the proliferation of Deathworld-making and ways that collaboration across cultures can help move us forward." —Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and a Member of its Committee on Global Thought. "Recognizing the inseparability of experience, consciousness, environment and problematics in rebalancing life systems, this book offers solutions from around the world." —Four Arrows, aka Don Trent Jacobs, author of Sitting Bull's Words for A World in Crises, et al. "This unique book brings together 78 participants from 11 countries to reveal the ways in which phenomenology – the study of consciousness and phenomena — can lead to profound personal and social transformation. Such transformation is especially powerful when "Deathworlds" – physical or cultural places that no longer sustain life – are transformed into "lifeworlds" through collaborative sharing, even when (or, perhaps, especially when) the sharing is among strangers across different cultures. The contributors share a truly wide range of human experiences, from the death of a child to ecological destruction, in offering ways to affirm life in the face of what may seem to be hopeless death-affirming challenges." —Richard P. Appelbaum, Ph.D., is Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus and former MacArthur Foundation Chair in Global and International Studies and Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is also a founding Professor at Fielding Graduate University, where he heads the doctoral concentration in Sustainability Leadership. "Deathworlds is a love letter for the planet—our home. By documenting places that no longer sustain life, the authors collectively pull back the curtain on these places, rendering them meaningful by connecting what ails us with what ails the world." —Katrina S. Rogers, Ph.D., conservation activist and author "Deathworlds to Lifeworlds represents collaboration among Fielding Graduate University, the University of Łodź (Poland), and the University of the Virgin Islands. Students and faculty from these universities participated in seminars on transformative phenomenology and developed rich phenomenologically based narratives of their experiences or others’. These phenomenological protocol narratives creatively modify and integrate with everyday experience the conceptual frameworks of Husserl, Schutz, Heidegger, Habermas, and others. The diverse protocol authors demonstrate how phenomenological reflection is transformative first by revealing how Deathworlds, which lead to physical, mental, social, or ecological decline, imperil invaluable lifeworlds. Deathworlds appear on lifeworld fringes, such as extra-urban trash landfills, where unnoticed impoverished workers labor to the destruction of their own health. Poignant protocol-narratives highlight the plight and noble struggle of homeless people, the mother of a dying 19-year-old son, persons inclined to suicide, overwhelmed first responders, alcoholics who through inspiration achieve sobriety, unravelled We-Relationships, those suffering from and overcoming addiction or misogynist stereotypes or excessive pressures, veterans distraught after combat, a military mother, those in liminal situations, and oppressed indigenous peoples who still make available their liberating spirituality. Transformative phenomenology exemplifies that generous responsiveness to the ethical summons to solidarity to which Levinas’s Other invites us." —Michael Barber, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy, St. Louis University. He has authored seven books and more than 80 articles in the general area of phenomenology and the social world. He is editor of Schützian Research, an annual interdisciplinary journal. "This book helps us notice the Deathworlds that surround us and advocates for their de-naturalization. Its central claim is that the ten virtues of the transformative phenomenologist allow us to do so by changing ourselves and the worlds we live in. In this light, the book is an outstanding presentation of the international movement known as "transformative phenomenology." It makes groundbreaking contributions to a tradition in which some of the authors are considered the main referents. Also, it offers an innovative understanding of Alfred Schutz’s philosophy of the Lifeworld and a fruitful application of Van Manen’s method of written protocols." —Carlos Belvedere, Ph.D., Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Buenos Aires" "Moving beyond the social phenomenology carved out by Alfred Schütz, this impressive volume of action-based experiential research displays the efficacy of applying phenomenological protocols to explore Deathworlds, the tacit side of the foundational conception of Lifeworlds. Over twenty-one chapters, plus an epilogue, readers are transported by the train of Transformative Phenomenology, created during what’s been called the Silver Age of Phenomenology (1996 – present) at the Fielding Graduate University. An international amalgam of students and faculty from universities in Poland, the United States, the Virigin Islands, Canada, and socio-cultural locations throughout the world harnessed their collective energy to advance the practical call of phenomenology as a pathway to meaning-making through rich descriptions of lived experience. Topics include dwelling with strangers, dealing with trash, walking with the homeless, death of a young person, overcoming colonialism, precognition, environmental destruction, and so much more. The research collection enhances what counts as phenomenological inquiry, while remaining respectful of Edmund Husserl’s philosophical roots." —David Rehorick, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of New Brunswick (Canada) & Professor Emeritus, Fielding Graduate University (U.S.A.), Vancouver, British Columbia.

My Mother's Way of Dying Well

My Mother's Way of Dying Well

Author: Dianne Porter

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781483626451

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 387

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The unexpected collection of my parent’s ashes from the crematorium opened the door to a new adventure in dealing my parents death that I personally found very liberating for my soul. It marked the beginning of a personal pilgrimage of faith I had no intention of taking, I thought I was dealing with my parents remains. As time passed I realized I had no choice but to take this path – this journey was the only way forward for me. Surprisingly for me it actually strengthened my faith in God and his ways as taught in the Christian faith and it’s hard to describe how. Once I committed myself to the task I had to take action. I plunged my hands into their ashes that first day even though for me it was like plunging my hands into my parent’s dead bodies. It was irksome and revolting to me the first time.

The Divine Art of Dying, Second Edition

The Divine Art of Dying, Second Edition

Author: Karen Speerstra

Publisher: Augsburg Fortress Publishers

ISBN: 9781506478876

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 240

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The Divine Art of Dying aims to empower people who are dying to live as fully as they can until life's end. The book includes reflections from Karen Speerstra's hospice journal and essays written jointly by Speeratra and Herbert Anderson on learning to wait, letting go, giving gifts, and telling stories. Each chapter has suggestions for caregivers.