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The American Book of Living and Dying: Lessons in Healing Spiritual Pain


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This nondenominational resource provides reassurance

About the Author

RICHARD F. GROVES is the founder of the internationally renowned Sacred Art of Living and Dying educational series, which teaches participants how to alleviate spiritual and emotional distress at the end of life. A hospice chaplain for nearly thirty years, Richard has attended the deaths of more than five hundred people. He speaks nine languages and has earned graduate degrees in theology, ethics, law, and pastoral counseling. Richard and his wife, Mary, established the Sacred Art of Living Center in Bend, Oregon, twenty-five years ago, where he still resides today.

HENRIETTE ANNE KLAUSER, Ph.D., is the author of four books, including the best-selling Writing on Both Sides of the Brain and Write It Down, Make It Happen. She is the president of Writing Resources, a seminar and consulting organization, as well as an active lecturer, workshop leader, and freelance writer. Henriette Anne is dedicated to helping people use the power of the written word to build relationships, bring families together, and heal emotional wounds. She lives in Edmonds, Washington.

Table of Contents


Preface to the Paperback Edition - viii

Introduction - 1

Part I. The History


The Original Hospice: The Art of Dying Well - 13

A Vision from the Past: Gods Hotel - 14

Our Cultural Bias: Death Is the Enemy - 17

Hospice in America: Gift and Challenge - 19

Ancient Books of the Dead

The Heritage - 21

• Egyptian Book of the Dead: A Greater Light

• Celtic Books of the Dead: Spiritual Midwifery

• Gnostic Books for the Living and Dying: Bridge between East and West

• Tibetan Book of the Dead: Coaching the Soul

• Monastic Books of the Dying: Prescriptive Care

What the Books of the Dead Have in Common: Lessons for Us Today - 34

Spiritual Pain

Pain versus Suffering: The Human Condition - 37

Diagnosing Spiritual Pain: Asking Courageous Questions - 39

Responding to Spiritual Pain: A Psychospiritual Relationship - 42

• Meaning Pain: The Painful-Blissful Encounter with the Truth

• Forgiveness Pain: The Common Cold of Spiritual Pain

• Relatedness Pain: Leaving the Familiar Behind

• Hopelessness Pain: Death as Healer

Becoming an Anamcara - 55

• Ten Commandments for the Anamcara

Part II. The Stories

Annie: the Perfectionist

Will you love me even if I get it wrong? - 63

Henry: the Helper

Will you love me even if I cant love you back? - 81

Sara: the Achiever

Will you love me even if I am not successful? - 95

Heather: the Dreamer

Will you love me even if you know who I am? - 111

Park: the Thinker

Will you love me even if I lose everything in life? - 125

Maria Elena: the Loyalist

Will you love me even if I break the rules? - 143

Andrew: the Adventurer

Will you love me even if I cry? - 159

Dorothy: the Asserter

Will you love me even if I am weak? - 175

Larry: the Peacemaker

Will you love me even if I disagree with you? - 189

Story Archetypes - 202

Part III. The Tool Chest

Art Therapy - 205

Breath Work - 209

Coma Therapy - 213

Dream Work - 218

Energy Therapies - 223

Forgiveness Exercises - 227

Guided Visualization - 231

Healing and Assistance from Ancestors - 236

Healing Religious Abuse and Images of God - 240

Intercessory (Nonlocal) Prayer - 244

Journaling - 248

Life Review Exercises - 252

Meditation Practices - 257

Music Therapy - 262

Religious Rites and Sacred Writings - 267

Rituals for the Bedside - 270

Rituals of Release - 273

Vigil Rituals and Rituals for Remembering - 277

Bibliography - 285

About the Authors - 294

Product Details

Groves, Richard
Celestial Arts
Klauser, Henriette Anne
Klauser, Henriette A.
Groves, Richard F.
Spirituality - General
Alternate Spirituality
Death, Grief, Bereavement
Self-Help; Grief
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