Growing Older Can Be a Time of Growing in Depth and Wisdom
"My sense is that the whole journey beyond midlife is a mysterious blend of light and dark, wholeness and fragility…. We have a chance beyond midlife to become the person we were truly meant to be. We can draw on everything we have experienced so far to contribute to the people around us and the wider world, and to find strength and resilience amid the challenges."—from the Introduction
Whether you are fifty-five or seventy-five, approaching retirement or age one hundred, growing older brings remarkable opportunities but often also wrenching difficulties. Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman, a pioneer in reinventing and revaluing aging, mines ancient Jewish wisdom for values, tools and precedents to frame new callings and beginnings, shifting family roles, and experiences of illness and death.
For seekers of all faiths, for individuals and groups, for personal use and caregiving settings, Rabbi Friedman offers inspiration and guidance to help you make greater meaning and flourish amid the daunting challenges of aging.
Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman, MSW, MA, BCC, is a pioneer in forging a fresh vision for the second half of life. She is a spiritual leader, social innovator, scholar, author of Jewish Visions for Aging: A Professional Guide to Fostering Wholeness and editor of Jewish Pastoral Care: A Practical Handbook from Traditional and Contemporary Sources. She founded and directed Hiddur: The Center for Aging and Judaism of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Rabbi Friedman offers training, consulting and spiritual guidance through Growing Older (www.growingolder.co), her Philadelphia-based national practice.
Rabbi Friedman is available to speak to your group or at your event. For more information, please contact us at (802) 457-4000 or email@example.com.
Table of Contents
IntroductionBirths Out of Brokenness: Growing Whole as We Grow Older
Part IFacing Shatterings as We Grow Older1. Seeking Wisdom: Transcending Destructive Ageism2. One Big Hole: Confronting the Broken Heart3. The Ultimate Shattering: Embracing Our Mortality4. Finding Wholeness as Our Bodies Break Down5. Wandering in the Wilderness: Caring for Our Fragile Dear Ones6. Making Sense of Dementia's Brokenness
Part IISearching for the Sparks: Beginning Again (and Again)7. Softening to Reality: Finding Sweetness amid Suffering8. A Time to Heal: Liberation through Forgiveness9. Declaring Interdependence10. Making Wise Choices about Medical Care at the Edge of Life11. New Ways of Loving: Growing Up as We and Our Parents Age12. Traveling Lighter: Winnowing "Stuff "13. A Sanctuary in Time: Spending Our Precious Time Mindfully
Part IIIBasking in the Light: Honing and Sharing Wisdom14. Answering the Call: Saying "Here I Am" (Hineini)15. Drawing from the Well: Developing a Blessing Practice
AfterwordAcknowledgmentsAppendixUsing This Book: A Guide for Book Groups and Wisdom CirclesNotesFor Further Learning