What the Dying Teach Us: Lessons on Living is a spiritual approach to health care that teaches the reader about values, hope, and faith through actual experiences of terminally ill persons. This unique approach to health care teaches the living how to deal with grief and the bereavement process through faith and prayer. Priests, pastors, chaplains, and psychotherapists will learn how to treat parishioners or patients with the values the dying leave behind, allowing part of their deceased loved one’s beliefs and teachings to guide them through the grieving process. In the end, you will also become aware of your spiritual self while helping others heal and renew their soul.While What the Dying Teach Us concentrates on the values you can learn from the terminally ill, the author includes his own views on:
- how our tears manifest the depth into which our relationship with a deceased loved one travels
- how dimensions of reality lead us to appreciate the present
- experiencing events in life without judgment or comparison
- the role faith may play in health care as a healer of the terminally ill
- how the strength of prayer can drastically change livesWhat the Dying Teach Us celebrates the spirit loved ones leave behind and teaches you how to surrender into an eternal relationship with them. Furthermore, because of this experience, you will be able to find a new and deeper realization of your own existence. What the Dying Teach Us will help you spiritually connect with yourself as well as with deceased loved ones that continue to live on through faith.
Table of Contents
- Part One: Lessons on Healing, Hope, and Peace
- A Moment of Grace
- Healing Moments
- I’ll Be with You
- Lessons of Hope from the Dying
- A Transformed Life
- Where the Soul Never Dies
- Eternal Love
- A Peace That Passes All Understanding
- Tears of Honor
- Part Two: Lessons on Spirituality
- Words of God
- The Freeing Power of Questions
- Perceptions of Reality and Death
- Keeping the Magic Alive
- Lamaze Lessons for the Soul
- Creating Spiritual Awareness
- Painting Pictures We Cannot See
- Soul Retrieval
- Part Three: Evaluative Lessons on Living
- Spiritual Ethics in the Medical Setting
- Healing Relationships
- Facing the Unknown: A Structured Experience
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is a must read. There are many lessons to learn from our loved ones who are dying. Sam Oliver catches these moments of sacredness between living and dying.
'Theory can teach us some things, but experience is an indispensable teacher in all things, especially in ministry to the dying. Learn from the experiences of Sam Oliver, whose dedication to his ministry as a Hospice Spiritual Counselor is evident in every line of WHAT THE DYING TEACH US. Sam teaches his readers how to learn from the dying, for they are a font of wisdom in an age that wants to know how to help people with dignity and peace. He has discovered from his experience that the dying are partners in this ministry. Learn from Sam and his patients what it means to journey to a peaceful and dignified death.'
'Sam Oliver has been gifted with a listening heart and has gained important insights from his patients. He shares these insights in a way that is both accessible and moving. Each brief chapter focuses on a particular lesson and can easily be used as a meditation for one's self or with others.'
'Touches the heart and strengthens the soul...Three of the lessons addressed issues that I was struggling with, and they offered me comfort. Oliver writes with insightful simplicity which makes the power of the lessons so inspiring. I can't remember the last time I felt so ALIVE after reading a book.'
Samuel Oliver masterfully weaves the reality of the life of a person into beautiful analogies, water-colored pictures of words. His thought-provoking personal experiences with patients that he counseled in a hospice setting tug at your heartstrings. Through the stories that he so colorfully and eloquently relates, Rev. Oliver, in turn, teaches us what he learned from the sick and dying. I see this book as a guide. Sam Oliver's words give solace and can help patients, family, care-givers, and pastoral care counselors understand God's unconditional love.
'A major work for those who counsel the dying and for family members caring for a dying loved one... This book defines, as no other book I've read, that the spiritual care aspect is as important as physical and psychosocial care of the dying patient. IT IS A BOOK THAT SHOULD BE ON THE BOOKSHELVES OF THOSE WHO OFFER CARE TO THE DYING.' Thomas F. Burzynski, (retired), President of Hospice of St. Joseph County, Inc., South Bend, Indiana
'Do you wish your soul to dance? WHAT THE DYING TEACH US will provoke your spirit to be enlivened... In reading this, I am encouraged to learn and to reflect on my own pastoral connections... I find the author's reflections are like seeds planted in the soul, to be pondered and to be nurtured.'