Dessert First: Preparing for Death While Savoring Life

Dessert First: Preparing for Death While Savoring Life

by J. Dana Trent
Dessert First: Preparing for Death While Savoring Life

Dessert First: Preparing for Death While Savoring Life

by J. Dana Trent


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In the year she served as a chaplain in a hospital "death ward," Dana Trent accompanied more than 200 people -- and their families -- on their passage from life to death. Dessert First gathers those stories and lessons, as well as others from her journey with her dying mom, to illuminate the complexity of death and grief, and how we all might better prepare for a "good death." Dessert First is a deeply personal, touching, and sometimes humorous look at death and dying, and the ways we cope and create meaning for the inevitable end of life. A full appendix includes religious, spiritual, practical, and legal resources for the reader and their loved ones.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780827206694
Publisher: A P G Trade West
Publication date: 09/10/2019
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

The Rev. J. Dana Trent is a graduate of Duke Divinity School and professor of World Religions and Critical Thinking at Wake Tech Community College. An ordained Baptist minister and former hospital chaplain, her work has been featured on, Religion News Service, Religion Dispatches, as well as in Sojourners and The Christian Century.
Dana is also the award-winning author of books on wholistic wellness and multi-faith spiritual practices: One Breath at a Time: A Skeptic's Guide to Christian Meditation, For Sabbath's Sake: Embracing Your Need for Rest, Worship, and Community, and Saffron Cross: The Unlikely Story of How a Christian Minister Married a Hindu Monk.

Table of Contents

Introduction: We're All Terminal vii

Chapter 1 Ashes to Ashes Road Tour 1

Chapter 2 The Gas Will Be Gone Soon 10

Chapter 3 The Death Chaplain 21

Chapter 4 The King and Great One 37

Chapter 5 Say Hello to Heaven 48

Chapter 6 Let's Talk About Death 60

Chapter 7 Beginning with the End in Mind 78

Chapter 8 Preparing for Death while Savoring Life 90

Chapter 9 Putting the Fun in FUNeral 102

Epilogue: Dessert First 111

Practical and Spiritual Resources:

Introduction: How to Use These Resources 113

Resource 1 Conversation Starters 115

Resource 2 Practical and Legal Preparations 117

Resource 3 General Preparation for Care at the End of Life 120

Resource 4 Religious, Spiritual, and Sacred Rituals in Preparation for Care at the End of Life and after Death 121

Resource 5 Practical Considerations after Death 122

Resource 6 Stimp (The Death Pimp) and Martha's Lessons on Savoring Life while Preparing for Death 125

Resource 7 Anticipating, Acknowledging, and Grieving Your Loss 128

Resource 8 Theological Views of the Afterlife 132

Resource 9 Quotes and Scripture Passages about Death and Loss 137

Notes and Further Reading 140

Acknowledgments 144

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