Parting: A Handbook for Spiritual Care Near the End of Life [NOOK Book]

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At times we may be called to be companions on a journey we would rather not take--the journey of a loved one toward the end of life. For those who choose to serve as close companions of terminally ill relatives or friends, Parting offers the collective wisdom of people from many cultures and faith traditions as a "travel guide" for meaningful companionship--helping someone toward a peaceful transition from this life. Sections of the book discuss how to cross the bridge from ordinary conversation to spiritual ...
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Parting: A Handbook for Spiritual Care Near the End of Life

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Overview

At times we may be called to be companions on a journey we would rather not take--the journey of a loved one toward the end of life. For those who choose to serve as close companions of terminally ill relatives or friends, Parting offers the collective wisdom of people from many cultures and faith traditions as a "travel guide" for meaningful companionship--helping someone toward a peaceful transition from this life. Sections of the book discuss how to cross the bridge from ordinary conversation to spiritual reflection; how to provide comforts for the body, mind, and soul; and how to care for yourself while concentrating on the needs of another. Transcending any specific religion or culture, this handbook addresses universal spiritual needs.

Designed for easy reading by weary travelers, this practical, pocket-sized guide prepares the spiritual companion for an enriching experience, even on the journey toward life's end. It is an indispensable tool for family members and friends, hospice workers, religious leaders, counselors, and medical providers.
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"[An] accessible, charming little book. . . . I would recommend it to all who are caring for the dying, as well as to anyone at the end of life."
-Nursing Standard

This guidebook offers practical advice for families and friends of the terminally ill to provide meaningful companionship and help their loved ones transition as peacefully as possible from this life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807867693
  • Publisher: University of North Carolina Press, The
  • Publication date: 11/30/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 80
  • File size: 162 KB

Meet the Author

Jennifer Sutton Holder is geriatrics chaplain at Baylor University Medical Center and serves as clergy in the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas.

Jann Aldredge-Clanton serves as chaplain coordinator for oncology at Baylor University Medical Center. She is author of Counseling People with Cancer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2008

    A must read for Caregivers!

    Holder and Aldredge-Clanton have created a slim volume'64p.' that both understands the role of the spiritual companion 'caregiver' for a terminally ill person and provides excellent ideas and information on how to do this most difficult of jobs. Not based on any religious beliefs or practices, their work is truly a guide for those struggling to care for the dying and not sacrifice themself in the process.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2004

    A Five Star Treasure

    Jann Aldredge-Clanton, once named by a reviewer as ¿Waco¿s Give `Em Hell Minister¿ for her outspoken opinions and action on social issues, shows again the other side, Jann Aldredge-Clanton as ¿Dallas¿ Show `Em Heaven Care-giver.¿ The only fear greater than the fear of dying is the fear of dying alone and unheard. This book, using many voices and many expressions of human caring, assists in guiding people at all levels of experience in how to provide spiritual care near the end of someone¿s earthly life. By applying generously the guidance contained in the pages of this marvelous book, the sting of death and the fear of being alone can be withdrawn effectively from the last transition of called death. As the reader has come to expect from the Rev. Dr. Aldredge-Clanton, there is gentility and peace in her counsel and a deep sense of hope in her reflection, so much so that the parting described in this book seems rather like being escorted to the door after a warm friendly visit and loving hugged good-bye. The parting is sad, but not nearly as sad as it would have been if one had had to find the door alone. Highly recommended for any who are dealing with or will deal with life¿s transitions and a must read for those who assist at any level in the care of the dying. This little book is a five star treasure written by a five star minister and care-giver.

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