A Parent's Death: A Biblical and Spiritual Companion

A Parent's Death: A Biblical and Spiritual Companion

by Margaret Nutting Ralph


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In A Parent’s Death, renowned biblical studies teacher Margaret Nutting Ralph reflects on the passing of each of her parents and the biblical and spiritual lessons she learned through these difficult times. The book grows out of her personal experiences, but goes beyond them to explore the meaning of death in the Christian tradition, emphasize the belief that life does not end with life on earth, and offer hope and comfort to those who are suffering.

Each chapter includes a section on spiritual lessons learned, reflection questions, and biblical passages for meditation that invite readers to apply the lessons to their own lives. The book may be of great spiritual help to family members, caregivers, chaplains, and hospice workers as they accompany those who are dying as well as reach out to the loved ones of those who are dying as they approach the veil together.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442243279
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 01/14/2015
Pages: 156
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Margaret Nutting Ralph is the director of the Masters in Pastoral Studies program at Lexington Theological Seminary. She has published many books, including Why the Catholic Church Must Change: A Necessary Conversation, A Walk Through the New Testament: An Introduction for Catholics and And God Said What? An Introduction to Biblical Literary Forms.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Personal Witness
Chapter 1: Setting the Stage
Chapter 2: Approaching the Veil Together
Chapter 3: The Funeral: Long Term Planning on God’s Part
Chapter 4: Discerning Christ in the Whole Body of Christ
Chapter 5: Being the Body of Christ
Chapter 6: An Explanation for My Hope
Chapter 7: Discerning Christ in All of Creation
Chapter 8: Twenty Years Later: Spiritual and Biblical Lessons Learned
Appendix 1: A Contextualist Approach to Scripture
Appendix 2: Scripture as a Living Word
Appendix 3: A Bibliography of books to give comfort to those in grief and to help loved ones offer comfort to those in grief.

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