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At some point in our lives, most of us will become caregivers. It is a vocation that can last for a few weeks of recovery time or for a long period of chronic illness or disability, and it will involve us intimately in another's preparation for death. For us, too, it is a preparation for a letting go that draws upon our deepest spiritual resources in ways possible to fully anticipate.
This gathering of reflections for caregivers focuses on the season of death and the strenuous, challenging, life-changing work of accompanying a beloved friend or family member on the final stretch of his or her journey and of mourning the losses that come at every stage.
These pieces are written primarily for those who believe in Christ and his promises, but they may also serve others - who come from other faith communities or from none - who happen upon them when life presents them with the task of caregiving.
"McEntyre's language is reflective and sensitive but not sentimental. . . . A thoughtful and realistic window into the often hidden, though well-traveled, end-of-life journey." (Christian Century)
"Letting go of a loved one who is nearing the end of life is a difficult proposition, no matter how you slice it. Drawing from her years as a hospice volunteer, as well as from her experience of caring for her own family members, Marilyn Chandler McEntyre delves into this delicate subject with grace and compassion in her new book." (Topeka Capital-Journal)
"When we face our own death, or the death of someone dearer to us than life itself, we perceive as-yet formless truths and strive to articulate the fearful truths we apprehend. What we need is a companion who can abide amid our chaos, a sage who can choose the right moment to share a word, and a prophet who can say the thing we shrink from, yet need to hear. Marilyn Chandler McEntyre is all of these things. Going gently with her into the prison of death will set you free." (Samuel Wells - vicar of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London)