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Sacred dying : creating rituals for embracing the end of life
Anderson, Megory.
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Roseville, Calif. : Prima Pub., 2001.
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xix, 364 pages ; 23 cm
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BL625.9.S53 A63 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Explores difficult questions surrounding the act of dying and attendant care, offering thoughtful rituals and prayers to support the needs of the dying while comforting the living.

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Anderson, a theologian who founded the Sacred Dying Foundation, has written a guide for people facing the death of a loved one. To that end, she relates stories of her work and discusses rituals that help the dying find peace and the survivors to go on with their lives. These rituals include prayer, creating sacred space, using music, listening, and dealing with the past. Quotations from Christian and Jewish sources as well as The Tibetan Book of the Dead illuminate the text. Not just a guide, this is also a useful reference work: the appendix contains prayers and poems about dying from a variety of traditions, and the bibliography, which is over 20 pages long, covers such categories as general works, care giving and hospice, rituals, and afterlife as well as the various religious traditions. Recommended especially for public libraries and patrons wanting resources for action and solace; other libraries and resource centers may purchase accordingly. Naomi E. Hafter, Broward Cty. P.L., Ft. Lauderdale, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

ForewordThomas Moore
1 Journey with the Dying
2 Returning the Sacred to the Act of Dying
3 Rituals for Embracing the End of Life
4 Traditions: Incorporating Religious Rituals
5 Centering and Preparation: Sacred Space/Sacred Participants
6 Letting Go of Burdens: Rituals to Release the Emotions
7 Letting Go of the Body: Rituals to Comfort and Release
8 Music: Healing and Transcendence
9 When Loved Ones Are Not Present
10 Dying Alone
11 Intentional Death: Ending Life Support
12 After Death: Until the Funeral
Appendix: Scriptures and Sacred Texts, Poetry, Readings, and Prayers
Biography and Recommended Readings
Permissions and Acknowledgments