This is a book for those who are facing death. It is also for their relatives, friends, and caretakers.
John Wyatt looks at recent trends in dying. He examines the "art of dying," a Christian tradition from the past. We see opportunities for dying well and faithfully, real-world examples of personal growth, and instances of reconciliation and personal healing in relationships. On the other hand, there are also challenges to face: the fears and temptations that dying can bring.
We learn from Jesus' example as we focus on his words from the cross. The wonderful news is that we can look forward to "a sure and steadfast hope," the amazing hope of resurrection and its implications for our lives today.
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About the Author
Table of Contents
Foreword Rico Tice ix
1 Dying in the modern world 1
2 The art of dying 13
3 The opportunities that dying well may bring 16
4 The challenges of dying well 40
5 Communicating honestly 77
6 Learning from the example of Jesus 87
7 A sure and steadfast hope 109
Appendix 1 For carers and relatives: practical, medical and pastoral issues 128
Appendix 2 Prayers 143
Appendix 3 Current legal framework for end-of-life decisions 147
Appendix 4 Sample statement of wishes and values for a Christian believer 153
Notes and references 156
Further reading and resources 166
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"This is the practical, wise, accessible, real, and encouraging book on dying I have wanted both for myself and for the church. . . It's been a delightful and challenging read."