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Sacred Dying - Megory Anderson

Paperback Published: 24th December 2003
ISBN: 9781569244340
Number Of Pages: 384

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"If death is part of God's plan for us, there must be a sacred dimension to it. This special book helps us find that holiness."--Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People

Death may be inevitable, but dying alone or in fear does not have to be. Sacred Dying is theologian Megory Anderson's essential testimonial and handbook for creating a dignified, peaceful, and more sacred end to life. Anderson includes a section with many prayers and poems from various traditions, and shows how to use personalized and creative rituals to help those dying prepare for their death and to bring a sense of peace, reconciliation, and acceptance both to themselves and to the loved ones they leave behind. She discusses all aspects of this final transition, including how to help a dying person put "unfinished business" to rest; using massage to help the dying let go of his or her body; and how to use music to help the dying focus on specific times, places, or events. For this first-ever paperback edition, she adds a chapter on what can be done after death to help move the soul along. Intended for those who are going through the death of a loved one as well as those facing death personally, Sacred Dying facilitates creating a setting where death is experienced as it should be: with honor, respect, and sacredness.
"Place [this book] on a special shelf with a few other books that you can reach for easily when the angel of death passes close. This is one book to keep at hand, because you can be sure that one day you will need it."--from the foreword by Thomas Moore
"Megory's work with the dying is not at all surprising. Her own journey has given her the grace to venture with others into the Mystery."--Madeleine L'Engel, author of A Wrinkle in Time

"If death is part of God's plan for us, there must be a sacred dimension to it. This special book helps us find that holiness."

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Preface
Journey with the Dying
Returning the Sacred to the Act of Dying
Rituals for Embracing the End of Life
Traditions: Incorporating Religious Rituals
Centering and Preparation: Sacred Space/Sacred Participants
Letting Go of Burdens: Rituals to Release the Emotions
Letting Go of the Body: Rituals to Comfort and Release
Music: Healing and Transcendence
When Loved Ones Are Not Present
Dying Alone
Intentional Death: Ending Life Support
After Death: Until the Funeral
Appendix: Scriptures and Sacred Texts, Poetry, Readings, and Prayers
Biography and Recommended Readings
Index
Permissions and Acknowledgments
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781569244340
ISBN-10: 1569244340
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 24th December 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.96 x 15.47  x 2.36
Weight (kg): 0.55
Edition Number: 1