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At the Edge of Life

At the Edge of Life

Conversations When Death Is Near  

by Richard L. Morgan
Paperback
Grief Older Adults

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.

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-8358-1332-7
Publisher: The Upper Room
Imprint: Upper Room Books
Publication Date: 09/01/2014
Pages: 72
Dimensions: 8.5000 x 5.5000

Richard L. Morgan is a retired chaplain, pastor (PCUSA), and professor. He most recently served as a volunteer chaplain at Redstone Highlands, the senior living community where he resided near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Davidson College; a master of divinity, master of theology, and PhD from Union Theological Seminary; and a master of counseling from Wake Forest University, Richard was named the 1987 Man of the Year by the city of Lenoir, NC; awarded the 2013 Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry Award; and honored as the 2015 Volunteer of the Year at Redstone Highlands Senior Living Community.


Reviews

"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
Houston, Texas

"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


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