Clergy Guide to End-of-life Issues

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-04-30
  • Publisher: Pilgrim Pr

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Will provide even experienced clergy with more tools to help families navigate end-of-life issues and a graceful death. It will give guidance to ministers who are still struggling with personal, professional, and spiritual growth around end-of-life issues. And, for those in pastoral training, it offers the foundational understanding about end-of-life issues so they can put their own issues around death and dying aside to assist others in charting their own course through life's end.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Why Are We Afraid to Die?p. 1
The Importance of End-of-Life Issues for Clergy and Seminariansp. 3
Why We Are Afraid to Diep. 5
The Denial of Deathp. 6
A Graceful Deathp. 10
Why This Book Is Differentp. 13
Website Resourcesp. 14
End-of-Life Issues
Legal Issuesp. 17
Advance Directives and How They Came Aboutp. 19
The Lawp. 20
How Different States Handle Advance Directivesp. 23
So What Exactly Are Advance Directives?p. 25
Naming a Health Care Proxyp. 25
Living Willsp. 27
Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) Orders/Do-Not-Intubate (DNI) Ordersp. 28
Honoring Advance Directivesp. 29
Denominational Stances on Advance Directives and End-of-Life Issuesp. 30
Other Legal Termsp. 30
Medical Issuesp. 33
Navigating Your Way through the Hospitalp. 33
The Ethos of Intensive Care Unitsp. 35
"Actively Dying,"p. 37
Removal of Life Supportp. 39
Pain Controlp. 41
Artificial Nutrition and Hydration - Yes or No?p. 43
Brain Deathp. 44
Terminal Sedationp. 45
Theological Issues
Miracles and Curesp. 49
Miracles with or without Respirators: Healing and Curingp. 49
Biblical Strengthp. 52
Racial, Cultural, Social, and Economic Issuesp. 55
Sexual Orientationp. 60
Our Own Demonsp. 62
Prayerful Discernment Processp. 63
Self-Carep. 68
Pastoral Issues
Preparing for the End of Lifep. 73
End of Life - What to Expect, What to Dop. 73
A "Good" Deathp. 73
Family Disagreementsp. 75
Forgivenessp. 77
Life Reviewp. 79
Being Present - Doing Nothingp. 83
Anticipatory Grievingp. 85
Letting Gop. 86
What You Can Do: Cues to Help the Familyp. 86
Ritualsp. 88
Working with Congregationsp. 91
Sermons and Bible Studyp. 91
Having "Those" Conversationsp. 97
The Clear and Convincing Evidence Conversationp. 99
The Nuts and Bolts of Advance Directivesp. 100
Knowing the Optionsp. 104
Hospicep. 106
Palliative Carep. 108
Long-Term Care and Assisted Living Facilitiesp. 109
Focusing on Transformationp. 112
Transformation for Those Who Are Dyingp. 118
Transformation for Family Membersp. 119
Transformation for Congregationsp. 120
Transformation for You, the Clergypersonp. 122
State-Specific Websites for Information about Advance Directivesp. 125
Denominational Links to End-of-Life Issues and Other Denominational Resourcesp. 129
Advance Directives and End-of-Life Web Resourcesp. 132
Prayerful Discernment Process for Congregational Usep. 135
Materials and Resources for Use with Congregationsp. 140
Book Suggestions on Grieving and Ritualsp. 144
Sample Sermon: "A Chaplain's Prayer"p. 145
Notesp. 153
Bibliographyp. 161
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