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The Art of Dying

The Art of Dying: Living Fully Into the Life to Come by Rob Moll.  This book "...takes the fear out of dying and replaces it with rich models of dying well." The Ars Moriendi (the art of dying) tradition, once rich in the Christian faith, has been lost. This book seeks to restore it.

Week One: (Sept 11) 
The Good Death in the Bible ( Rich Bledsoe)
Week Two: (Sept 18) 
Praying With the Dying (Gladys Meyer and Sally Benjamin)
Week Three: (Sept 25) 
The Good Death in the Book (The Art of Dying). (Rich Bledsoe) 

Week 4: What is the Christian response to Proposition 106, the physician-assisted dying measure in the upcoming election?  (Rich Bledsoe)

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Some First Steps for Planning a Memorial Service

When a loved one dies, it’s often overwhelming. It’s not always clear how to handle the details…or in what order to handle them. Click here to see some first steps from our Congregational Care Department.

Recommended Books

The Art of Dying by Rob Moll
"The Art of Dying takes the fear out of dying and replaces it with rich models of dying well.  Drawn from a broad spectrum of historical, theological, bioethical, social and practical resources, interlaced with a captivating narrative, The Art of Dying paints a vision of what dying and grieving with the Christian community has looked like -- and once again should look like ." -- Paige Comstock Cunningham, J.D., executive director, The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
Riveting, honest, and humane, Being Mortal shows how the ultimate goal is not a good death but a good life -- all the way to the every end. Click here to read the New YorkTimes review.

Calmer Waters:  The Caregivers Journey Through Alzheimer's and Dementia by Barbra Cohn
After spending a decade caring for her husband who died from younger-onset Alzheimer's disease, Barbra Cohn offers a spiritual and holistic guide to help caregivers feel happier and healthier, have more energy and time for themselves, sleep better, feel more relaxed and confident, and experience inner peace, despite the obstacles they face. With pathos, humor and compassion, Calmer Waters includes the author's compelling life story, inspirational essays and rituals from spiritual leaders, stories from family caregivers and twenty healing modalities from renowned experts that can be practically incorporated into a daily regimen. An added bonus is that both care partners - the caregiver and memory-impaired individual - can use most of the healing modalities, allowing for a stronger connection between the two.