On Living

On Living

Large Print - 2017
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As a hospice chaplain, Kerry Egan didn't offer sermons or prayers unless they were requested. Instead she listened, and was witness to what she calls the "spiritual work of dying." But this is a book about living. Each patient taught Egan something about living, and here she passes along all their precious and necessary gifts.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2017.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781410495945
Branch Call Number: LP 170.44 Ega
Characteristics: 217 pages.


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A beautiful book that helps us answer the big questions about life and death, and the smaller ones in between. The book gives us the one of a kind perspective of a woman whose job it is to walk people through the ends of their lives and hopefully help them find some peace. We're invited into the lives of people as they reflect on their most important stories and relationships and confront the defining choices of their lives. It gently leads us all to ask ourselves what we will think of as we come to the end of our lives? And how does that inform how we live now?

AL_JANE Aug 15, 2017

What an an enjoyable and poignant book. The author, a hospice chaplain, related stories she'd heard from patients and what she learned from them. A few times, the author's own religious beliefs (which are irrelevant in her communication with patients) were challenged through the experiences she had with patients.

The book magnified the fundamental importance of listening (and, sometimes, asking questions to help others find their own meaning). It was a beautiful and powerful reminder that being present is not about sharing one's own view.

This book made me miss my days as a volunteer hospice chaplain. There is such beauty to be found at the end of life.

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