Attending the Dying

A Handbook of Practical Guidelines

Megory Anderson

Jul/2005, 120 Pages, Paperback, 4 x 6

ISBN-13: 9780819221087



A useful guide to being present and offering comfort to the dying and their families.

Megory Anderson was called to a vigil at the bedside of a friend who was dying one night. That experience was so powerful that she began working with others who needed help attending to those who were dying. Today Anderson is the executive director of the Sacred Dying Foundation in San Francisco, and trains others in the art of "vigiling," a way of attending to the needs of the dying.

This practical and concise handbook provides a brief overview of what to expect and how to respond to the needs of someone who is dying. Attending the Dying can be used by and for people of any faith perspective, as well as no particular faith. Chaplains, social workers, hospital-care workers, and friends or family of the dying will all find this a helpful companion for preparing themselves to be present to one of life's most sacred transitions.

Megory Anderson is the founder and director of Sacred Dying Foundation and writes and speaks about her extensive work in palliative care. She is the author of Sacred Dying: Creating Rituals for Embracing the End of Life and Attending the Dying.

"Brief and very practical paperback for clergy and lay pastoral care workers provides wise counsel for being present in helpful and healing ways to the dying."—Spirituality and Health

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