Grace-filled meditations for the dying and those who care for them
A Faithful Farewell [http://www.eerdmans.com/Pro...
When the time comes for us to die, how do we say good-bye to our friends, our families, and the lives we have lived? How do we remain faithful — to God, to ourselves, and to loved ones — as we face our final journey?
As Marilyn Chandler McEntyre acknowledges, these questions are especially challenging because we now live longer than previous generations did, and many of us die more slowly. Those who are dying have a lot of things to deal with — fear, discouragement, boredom, pain, regret. The list is long.
In this book McEntyre offers fifty-two short meditations on the very real issues faced by dying people. She addresses a wide and sensitively chosen range of subjects, including such things as anger, losing control, curiosity, doubt, loss of privacy, family conflict, sadness, gratitude, and even spiritual adventure.
McEntyre's insightful reflections — offering what she calls "a different kind of hope" — speak to the heart of the physical, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of dying. Brief concluding prayers and lines from cherished hymns further lift up the reader as he or she seeks to faithfully navigate the great transition from this life to the next.
A Long Letting Go [http://www.eerdmans.com/Pro...
This beautiful volume of reflections by Marilyn Chandler McEntyre is for family members and friends who are doing the life-changing work of accompanying someone on the final stretch of his or her journey. In quiet counterpoint to our hurried lives, A Long Letting Go invites caregivers to slow down for reflection and prayer as they prepare to say good-bye to a beloved friend or family member and grieve that loss.
Based on McEntyre's personal and professional experience with the dying, these gentle meditations — each consisting of a short opening quote, a reflection, and a prayer — offer comfort, direction, hope, and respite to caregivers during a difficult season of their lives.
Drawing and animation: Ahna Ziegler
Voiceover: Sara Buchholz and Joel Niewenhuis