A Clergy Guide to End-Of-Life Issues

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Martha R. Jacobs, a board certified chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains, is managing editor of PlainViews, an e-newsletter from HealthCare Chaplaincy that connects chaplains and other spiritual care providers around the world. Jacobs, an ordained UCC minister, received her D.Min. in pastoral care and her M.Div. from New York Theological Seminary.

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Overview

Martha R. Jacobs, a board certified chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains, is managing editor of PlainViews, an e-newsletter from HealthCare Chaplaincy that connects chaplains and other spiritual care providers around the world. Jacobs, an ordained UCC minister, received her D.Min. in pastoral care and her M.Div. from New York Theological Seminary.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780829818598
  • Publisher: Pilgrim Press, The/United Church Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2010
  • Pages: 164
  • Sales rank: 648,533
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Chapter 1 Why Are We Afraid to Die? 1

The Importance of End-of-Life Issues for Clergy and Seminarians 3

Why We Are Afraid to Die 5

The Denial of Death 6

A Graceful Death 10

Why This Book Is Different 13

Website Resources 14

Part 1 End-of-Life Issues

Chapter 2 Legal Issues 17

Advance Directives and How They Came About 19

The Law 20

How Different States Handle Advance Directives 23

So What Exactly Are Advance Directives? 25

Naming a Health Care Proxy 25

Living Wills 27

Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) Orders/Do-Not-Intubate (DNI) Orders 28

Honoring Advance Directives 29

Denominational Stances on Advance Directives and End-of-Life Issues 30

Other Legal Terms 30

Chapter 3 Medical Issues 33

Navigating Your Way through the Hospital 33

The Ethos of Intensive Care Units 35

"Actively Dying," 37

Removal of Life Support 39

Pain Control 41

Artificial Nutrition and Hydration - Yes or No? 43

Brain Death 44

Terminal Sedation 45

Part 2 Theological Issues

Chapter 4 Miracles and Cures 49

Miracles with or without Respirators: Healing and Curing 49

Biblical Strength 52

Racial, Cultural, Social, and Economic Issues 55

Sexual Orientation 60

Chapter 5 Our Own Demons 62

Prayerful Discernment Process 63

Self-Care 68

Part 3 Pastoral Issues

Chapter 6 Preparing for the End of Life 73

End of Life - What to Expect, What to Do 73

A "Good" Death 73

Family Disagreements 75

Forgiveness 77

Life Review 79

Being Present - Doing Nothing 83

Anticipatory Grieving 85

Letting Go 86

What You Can Do: Cues to Help the Family 86

Rituals 88

Chapter 7 Working with Congregations 91

Sermons and Bible Study 91

Having "Those" Conversations 97

The Clear and Convincing Evidence Conversation 99

The Nuts and Bolts of Advance Directives 100

Chapter 8 Knowing the Options 104

Hospice 106

Palliative Care 108

Long-Term Care and Assisted Living Facilities 109

Chapter 9 Focusing on Transformation 112

Transformation for Those Who Are Dying 118

Transformation for Family Members 119

Transformation for Congregations 120

Transformation for You, the Clergyperson 122

Appendix 1 State-Specific Websites for Information about Advance Directives 125

Appendix 2 Denominational Links to End-of-Life Issues and Other Denominational Resources 129

Appendix 3 Advance Directives and End-of-Life Web Resources 132

Appendix 4 Prayerful Discernment Process for Congregational Use 135

Appendix 5 Materials and Resources for Use with Congregations 140

Appendix 6 Book Suggestions on Grieving and Rituals 144

Appendix 7 Sample Sermon: "A Chaplain's Prayer" 145

Notes 153

Bibliography 161

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