9780802827234

Is God Still at the Bedside?: The Medical, Ethical, and Pastoral Issues of Death and Dying

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    9780802827234

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    0802827233

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 12/16/2010
  • Publisher: Eerdmans Pub Co
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Summary

Is God Still at the Bedside? by Abigail Rian Evans offers an expert interdisciplinary Christian perspective on the complex web of issues surrounding death and dying. Evans here combines first-person stories and interviews with research gathered from the medical, theological, legal, ethical, and pastoral disciplines. Her comprehensive, insightful work will not only benefit families struggling with difficult end-of-life decisions but also inform the doctors, nurses, and pastors who serve them. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Abigail Rian Evans is Charlotte W. Newcombe Professor Emerita of Practical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary and scholar-in-residence at the Center for Clinical Bioethics, Georgetown University Medical Center. Her other books include Redeeming Marketplace Medicine and Healing Liturgies for the Seasons of Life.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Prologue
Reflections on Human Lifep. 3
Contemporary Attitudes toward Deathp. 17
Negotiated Death
End-of-Life Choices: Distinctions and Debatep. 55
The Right to Die: Suicide and Physician-Assisted Suicidep. 111
Organ Donation: The Last Gift of Lifep. 136
Legal Questions: Cases and Laws Addressing End-of-Life Issuesp. 178
The Experience of Dying
When Winter Enters Your Life: Pain and Sufferingp. 219
The Last Days: Caring the Hospice Wayp. 249
Good Mourning: Loss, Grief, and Bereavementp. 281
God at the Bedside
Clergy at the Bedsidep. 317
Ministry to the Dying and Their Families: Faith Community Nurse and Pastor in Partnershipp. 349
Death Is Conquered: How Christian Faith Informs Funeralsp. 387
Epiloguep. 423
Appendices
Resource Organizations Addressing End-of-Life Issuesp. 427
Information on Advance Directivesp. 437
A Patient's Bill of Rightsp. 439
Author's Questionnairesp. 444
End-of-Life Decision-Making Guide for Caregiversp. 453
Parishioners' Instructions and Information for Clergyp. 455
U.S. Organ Donors by Organ and Donor Type, 1997 to 2006p. 461
Faith Community Nursingp. 462
Some Do's and Don'ts for Caregiversp. 468
Things You Can Do to Help Yourself Face Griefp. 471
Selected Bibliographyp. 472
Index of Namesp. 479
Index of Subjectsp. 481
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