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Living Well and Dying Faithfully: Christian Practices for End-of-Life Care

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Living Well and Dying Faithfully explores how Christian practices -- love, prayer, lament, compassion, and so on -- can contribute to the process of dying well. Working on the premise that one dies the way one lives, the book is unique in its constructive dialogue between theology and medicine as offering two complementary modes of care.
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Overview

Living Well and Dying Faithfully explores how Christian practices -- love, prayer, lament, compassion, and so on -- can contribute to the process of dying well. Working on the premise that one dies the way one lives, the book is unique in its constructive dialogue between theology and medicine as offering two complementary modes of care.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802863393
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 11/15/2009
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 886,287
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

John Swinton holds the chair in practical theology and pastoral care and director of the Centre for Spirituality, Health, and Disability at the University of Aberdeen.

Richard Payne is professor of medicine and divinity at Duke Divinity School and the Esther Colliflower Director of the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments x

Foreword Stanley Hauerwas xii

Introduction: Christian Practices and the Art of Dying Faithfully John Swinton Richard Payne xv

Practices of Living to Die Well

1 Practicing the Presence of God: Earthly Practices in Heavenly Perspective John Swinton 3

2 Dying Well Amy Plantinga Pauw 17

3 "Make Love Your Aim": Ecclesial Practices of Care at the End of Life Karen D. Scheib 30

Practices of Faithful Suffering

4 Suffering in Communion with Christ: Sacraments, Dying Faithfully, and End-of-Life Care M. Therese Lysaught 59

5 The Practice of Prayer and Care for the Dying Allen Verhey 86

6 "Why Me, Lord?": Practicing Lament at the Foot of the Cross John Swinton 107

7 Practicing Compassion for Dying Children Tonya D. Armstrong 139

Practices of Healing and Hope

8 Healing in the Midst of Dying: A Collaborative Approach to End-of-Life Care Abigail Rian Evans 165

9 Compassion: A Critical Component of Caring and Healing Christina M. Puchalski 188

10 Hope in the Face of Terminal Illness Richard Payne 205

11 More than Sparrows, Less than the Angels: The Christian Meaning of Death with Dignity Daniel P. Sulmasy 226

12 Embracing and Resisting Death: A Theology of Justice and Hope for Care at the End of Life Esther E. Acolatse 246

Conclusion: Attending to God in Suffering: Re-Imagining End-of-Life Care John Swinton Richard Payne 272

Contributors 277

Index 282

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