Synopses & Reviews
Living Well and Dying Faithfully seeks to explore the significance of Christian practices for the process of dying well. Working on the premise that one dies the way one lives, the book explores a variety of different forms of Christian practice which together offer vital modes of end of life care which takes seriously current medical practices while at the same time challenging them in innovative and healing ways.
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.
Table of Contents
Foreword / Stanley Hauerwas -- Introduction: Christian practices and the art of dying faithfully / John Swinton and Richard Payne -- Practices of living to die well. 1. Practicing the presence of God: earthly practices in heavenly perspective / John Swinton -- 2. Dying well / Amy Plantinga Pauw -- 3. "Make love your aim": ecclesial practices of care at the end of life / Karen D. Scheib -- Practices of faithful suffering. 4. Suffering in communion with Christ: sacraments, dying faithfully, and end-of-life care / M. Therese Lysaught -- 5. The practice of prayer and care for the dying / Allen Verhey -- 6. "Why me, Lord?": practicing lament at the foot of the cross / John Swinton -- 7. Practicing compassion for dying children / Tonya D. Armstrong -- Practices of healing and hope. 8. Healing in the midst of dying: a collaborative approach to end-of-life care / Abigail Rian Evans -- 9. Compassion: a critical component of caring and healing / Christina M. Puchalski -- 10. Hope in the face of terminal illness / Richard Payne -- 11. More than sparrows, less than the angels: the Christian meaning of death with dignity / Daniel P. Sulmasy -- 12. Embracing and resisting death: a theology of justice and hope for care at the end of life / Esther E. Acolatse -- Conclusion: Attending to God in suffering: re-imagining end-of-life care / John Swinton and Richard Payne.