Clergy Guide to End-Of-Life Issues

ISBN-10: 0829818596
ISBN-13: 9780829818598
Edition: 2010
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Pilgrim Press, The/United Church Press
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

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.

Preface
Why Are We Afraid to Die?
The Importance of End-of-Life Issues for Clergy and Seminarians
Why We Are Afraid to Die
The Denial of Death
A Graceful Death
Why This Book Is Different
Website Resources
End-of-Life Issues
Legal Issues
Advance Directives and How They Came About
The Law
How Different States Handle Advance Directives
So What Exactly Are Advance Directives?
Naming a Health Care Proxy
Living Wills
Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) Orders/Do-Not-Intubate (DNI) Orders
Honoring Advance Directives
Denominational Stances on Advance Directives and End-of-Life Issues
Other Legal Terms
Medical Issues
Navigating Your Way through the Hospital
The Ethos of Intensive Care Units
"Actively Dying,"
Removal of Life Support
Pain Control
Artificial Nutrition and Hydration - Yes or No?
Brain Death
Terminal Sedation
Theological Issues
Miracles and Cures
Miracles with or without Respirators: Healing and Curing
Biblical Strength
Racial, Cultural, Social, and Economic Issues
Sexual Orientation
Our Own Demons
Prayerful Discernment Process
Self-Care
Pastoral Issues
Preparing for the End of Life
End of Life - What to Expect, What to Do
A "Good" Death
Family Disagreements
Forgiveness
Life Review
Being Present - Doing Nothing
Anticipatory Grieving
Letting Go
What You Can Do: Cues to Help the Family
Rituals
Working with Congregations
Sermons and Bible Study
Having "Those" Conversations
The Clear and Convincing Evidence Conversation
The Nuts and Bolts of Advance Directives
Knowing the Options
Hospice
Palliative Care
Long-Term Care and Assisted Living Facilities
Focusing on Transformation
Transformation for Those Who Are Dying
Transformation for Family Members
Transformation for Congregations
Transformation for You, the Clergyperson
State-Specific Websites for Information about Advance Directives
Denominational Links to End-of-Life Issues and Other Denominational Resources
Advance Directives and End-of-Life Web Resources
Prayerful Discernment Process for Congregational Use
Materials and Resources for Use with Congregations
Book Suggestions on Grieving and Rituals
Sample Sermon: "A Chaplain's Prayer"
Notes
Bibliography

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