Living Well and Dying Faithfully: Christian Practices for End-of-Life Care

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Title: Creating Living Well and Dying Faithfully: Christian Practices for End-of-Life Care

Author: John Swinton and Richard Payne

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Foreword / Stanley Hauerwas

Introduction : Christian practices and the art of dying faithfully / John Swinton and Richard Payne

  • "We do medicine in a theological context rather than doing theology in a medical context"
  • "In order to open ourselves to a fresh consideration of what can be learned in dying and death, we need a theological frame-work that includes but is not defined by the gifts of medicine, the alleviation of suffering and the prolongation of life."
  • "End-of-life care comprises a variety of professional practices that practitioners utilize in their quest to alleviate suffering, bring comfort, and enhance well-being in the lives of those who are bereaved."

Practicing the presence of God : earthly practices in heavenly perspective / John Swinton

Dying well / Amy Plantinga Pauw

  • We live in a culture in which the process of dying has largely been handed over to a medical establishment reluctant to admit the limits of its life-preserving powers."
  • "Likewise, the formal acknowledgement of death and response to grief have largely been handed over to funeral homes"

"Make love your aim" : ecclesial practices of care at the end of life / Karen D. Scheib

Suffering in communion with Christ : sacraments, dying faithfully, and end-of-life care / M. Therese Lysaught

The practice of prayer and care for the dying / Allen Verhey

"Why me, Lord?" : practicing lament at the foot of the cross / John Swinton

Practicing compassion for dying children / Tonya D. Armstrong

Healing in the midst of dying : a collaborative approach to end-of-life care / Abigail Rian Evans

Compassion : a critical component of caring and healing / Christina M. Puchalski

Hope in the face of terminal illness / Richard Payne

More than sparrows, less than the angels: the Christian meaning of death with dignity - Daniel P. Sulmasy

  • "One major spiritual task for the dying is to reject, or to discover, or to re-cover, or to affirm their own grasp of their own intrinsic human dignity.
  • Christianity teaches that one can actually flourish in death through an open acceptance of one's intrinsic value"
  • "Dying Christians must finally and fully accept themselves for who and what they are, in humility and hope. They need to know the value they have by virtue of being the kinds of things that they are - beings in relationship with God and with God's people. They need to know that while they are finite - morally, intellectually, and physically - they are loved radically and exuberantly by the God who created them and offers them redemption in Christ."

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.

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