Living Well and Dying Faithfully: Christian Practices for End-of-Life Care

(John Swinton). Wm. B Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2009.
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Drawing upon his background as an ordained minister, patient care practitioner, and chaplain, John Swinton engages other authors to explore death in the context of faithful living. Practices established in living a Christian life can lead to a more positive situation at the end of life. Viewing end of life through a Christian lens means it is not limited to final days. If Christ’s promise of abundant life is embraced, the whole journey from birth matters, and that context can translate to an abundant death. The authors look at how contemporary culture views death, mostly by avoidance. They consider faithful suffering, healing, and hope. In challenging some of the current practices, they suggest that care at the end of life might need to be re-imagined if these issues are framed by a Christian viewpoint and practices. Readers will find a nice balance between honest reality and a refreshing new view of end of life matters.