At times we may be called to be companions on a journey we would
rather not take--the journey of a loved one toward the end of life.
For those who choose to serve as close companions of terminally ill
relatives or friends, Parting
offers the collective wisdom
of people from many cultures and faith traditions as a "travel
guide" for meaningful companionship--helping someone toward a
peaceful transition from this life. Sections of the book discuss
how to cross the bridge from ordinary conversation to spiritual
reflection; how to provide comforts for the body, mind, and soul;
and how to care for yourself while concentrating on the needs of
another. Transcending any specific religion or culture, this
handbook addresses universal spiritual needs.
Designed for easy reading by weary travelers, this practical,
pocket-sized guide prepares the spiritual companion for an
enriching experience, even on the journey toward life's end. It is
an indispensable tool for family members and friends, hospice
workers, religious leaders, counselors, and medical providers.