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Facing Death and Finding Hope : A Guide to the Emotional and Spiritual Care of the Dying

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Christine Longaker's experience with death and care of the dying began in 1976 when her husband was diagnosed with acute leukemia at the age of twenty-four. Since his death, she has devoted her life to ease the suffering of those facing death. In Facing Death and Finding Hope, she clearly and compassionately identifies the typical fears and struggles experienced by the dying and their families. The core of this book is presented in "Four Tasks of Living and Dying," using the Tibetan Buddhist perspective on death ...
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Overview

Christine Longaker's experience with death and care of the dying began in 1976 when her husband was diagnosed with acute leukemia at the age of twenty-four. Since his death, she has devoted her life to ease the suffering of those facing death. In Facing Death and Finding Hope, she clearly and compassionately identifies the typical fears and struggles experienced by the dying and their families. The core of this book is presented in "Four Tasks of Living and Dying," using the Tibetan Buddhist perspective on death to provide a new framework of meaning. A book of great depth and grace, it is destined to become a classic in the literature on death and dying.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385483322
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/1998
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 262
  • Sales rank: 737,346
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Prologue
Ch. 1 Facing Death 1
Ch. 2 Falling into Grace 10
Ch. 3 The Needs of the Dying 16
Ch. 4 Discovering Hope in Death 23
Ch. 5 Understanding and Responding to Suffering 41
Ch. 6 Spiritual Practices for Transforming Suffering 60
Ch. 7 Creating a Genuine Connection 81
Ch. 8 Giving Love and Letting Go 96
Ch. 9 Spiritual Preparation for Death 113
Ch. 10 Finding Meaning in Life 136
Ch. 11 Healing Bereavement 161
Ch. 12 The Spiritual Dimension of Bereavement 182
Ch. 13 Understanding Children's Views of Death 202
Ch. 14 Caregiving as Spiritual Practice 217
Epilogue 235
Notes 240
Acknowledgments 245
App. A: Recommended Further Reading 247
App. B The Spiritual Care for Living and Dying Program 253
Index 255
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    Great book

    A thoughtful book that provides a perspective.

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