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Last Things: A Resource for Planning for the Time of Death

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One of the privileges and responsibilities that come with serving as Rector / Pastor of a Faith community is to walk with persons in the midst of preparing for death.  It is a singular blessing to be present with persons facing death and to their loved ones, who walk with them, care for them, during this very difficult time.  30 years of ordained ministry have seasoned me as a pastor especially in the pastoral care that is needed and welcomed in death and grief.

I developed Last Things while serving at St. Matthias Episcopal Church in Waukesha, Wisconsin in the late 1990’s.  It grew out of my experience of the necessity of encouraging people to work on Advanced Directives for Health Care as well as the Living Will process.  In the midst of all that happens when someone we love dies…it is a great help to have information regarding their wishes and expectations for their funeral or memorial service; what arrangements have been made regarding Body Burial or Cremation; would they like a military service incorporated into their burial service.  These are just a few of the many things that we who remain often have to make decisions about.

So, over the next few weeks, during the Sunday Forum, I invite you to participate in working through this resource.  Hard copies will be available each Sunday.  I have posted PDF’s of each chapter of the resource for you to download if you wish at the bottom of this blogpost.

November in the Northern Hemisphere is a time when we move from autumn into winter.  In the Liturgical cycle, it is a time when we consider…Last Things…the coming of the Risen Christ at the end of time and the invitation for us to be ready and watchful and prepared!

I look forward to our work together on Last Things:  A Resource for Planning for the Time of Death!

See you Sunday!


Last Things: Chapter 2 Table of Contents, Forward, Introduction

Last Things: Chapter 3 Grief

Last Things: Chapter 4 perspective and planning

Last Things: Chapter 5 burial practices

Last Things: Chapter 6 rites of burial

Last Things: Chapter 7 stewardship

Last Things: Chapter 8 conclusion

Last Things: Chapter 9 burial form

Last Things: Chapter 10 prolonging life

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  1. November 27, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Unfortunately not Jim…but I can send it to you electronically if you wish!

  2. Jim Lenhart
    November 17, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Doug, do have this compiled into one PDF file?

  3. Ed Noriega
    November 15, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Thanks for this, Doug!

    Ed Noriega

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