New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
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At the Edge of Life
Conversations When Death Is Near
Richard L. Morgan
• September 2014
eBook (Available in ePub or Kindle)
Drawing on 60 years of experience as pastor, hospice chaplain, volunteer, and friend to dying persons, Richard Morgan offers perspective and advice to people coping with a family member, friend, or patient who is approaching the time of death. These 30 meditations take us from accepting our own mortality and the impending death of someone we care about through "making preparations," "finding closure," and "dying moments." In each meditation Morgan uses personal stories and scripture to lead into a reflection question and prayer. The result is a sense of peace that gives readers confidence as companions to the dying.
Richard L. Morgan, a retired Presbyterian (USA) pastor, offers pastoral care to residents with dementia and their caregivers and facilitates an Alzheimer’s support group at the Redstone Highlands retirement community near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He also writes a bimonthly newsletter, “Notes at 90,” for family and friends. In addition to his seminary training, Richard has an MA in Counseling and training in clinical pastoral education. He is the author or coauthor of 20 books.
Kindle ISBN: 978-0-8358-1333-4
EPub ISBN: 978-0-8358-1334-1
Imprint: Upper Room
Pub Date: 20140901
Trim Size: 5.5 in (w) x 8.5 in (h) x in (d)
Page Count: 72
BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Living / Death, Grief, Bereavement
"I applaud the publication of Richard Morgan’s book on end-of-life conversations. It is a much-needed resource for understanding a Christian preparation for dying."
— Wesley F. Stevens, DMin
Chaplain, Holly Hall Retirement Community
"Drawing on decades of personal and pastoral experience, Richard Morgan tells us moving stories of living, dying people. He grounds us solidly in scripture, prayer, and reflection, and gently shows us how to talk with one another about some of life’s most important questions. With his sure and seasoned guidance, we find that we have nothing to fear, and so much to gain from these conversations. Families, caregivers, pastors, chaplains — all of us who stand At the Edge of Life — will want to keep this inspiring book close at hand."
— Kathleen Fischer
Author of Forgiving Your Family: A Journey to Healing