Living Well and Dying Faithfully

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  • Copyright: 2009-11-10
  • Publisher: Eerdmans Pub Co
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Living Well and Dying Faithfully explores how Christian practices - love, prayer, lament, compassion, and so on - can contribute to the process of dying well. Working on the premise that one dies the way one lives, the book is unique in its constructive dialogue between theology and medicine as offering two complementary modes of care. Book jacket.

Author Biography

John Swinton is professor of practical theology and pastoral care at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and founding director of the Centre for Spirituality, Health, and Disability at Aberdeen. His other books include Raging with Compassion: Pastoral Responses to the Problem of Evil. Richard Payne is professor of medicine and divinity at Duke Divinity School and director of the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. x
Forewordp. xii
Introduction: Christian Practices and the Art of Dying Faithfullyp. xv
Practices of Living to Die Well
Practicing the Presence of God: Earthly Practices in Heavenly Perspectivep. 3
Dying Wellp. 17
"Make Love Your Aim": Ecclesial Practices of Care at the End of Lifep. 30
Practices of Faithful Suffering
Suffering in Communion with Christ: Sacraments, Dying Faithfully, and End-of-Life Carep. 59
The Practice of Prayer and Care for the Dyingp. 86
"Why Me, Lord?": Practicing Lament at the Foot of the Crossp. 107
Practicing Compassion for Dying Childrenp. 139
Practices of Healing and Hope
Healing in the Midst of Dying: A Collaborative Approach to End-of-Life Carep. 165
Compassion: A Critical Component of Caring and Healingp. 188
Hope in the Face of Terminal Illnessp. 205
More than Sparrows, Less than the Angels: The Christian Meaning of Death with Dignityp. 226
Embracing and Resisting Death: A Theology of Justice and Hope for Care at the End of Lifep. 246
Conclusion: Attending to God in Suffering: Re-Imagining End-of-Life Carep. 272
Contributorsp. 277
Indexp. 282
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