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What Do I Say?: Talking and Praying with Someone Who Is Dying

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published by Franciscan Media | Trade Paperback | 64 pages
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What Do I Say? covers both practical matters and spiritual and emotional topics, always mindful of the fact that many people in their final days are not able to talk about or express what they are going through. It touches on areas that should be addressed before someone dies, such as a will, DNR orders, funeral planning, and other topics, and gives suggestions for what to do if someone is non-communicative or unconscious. The last chapter includes prayers to say when family and friends visit with their loved one.This is not a comprehensive end-of-life planning or medical guide, but a brief overview of how to communicate with someone who is dying. Above all, the book stresses that conveying a sense of loving presence and a willingness to listen are usually what is most needed.Stock #: B36804

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Anita Bechtold
Compassionate, Clear, Concise

I have a particular interest in this topic and have read a number of resources for those who minister to the dying and their loved ones. This one struck me as really quite remarkable, in that it covers the topic so thoroughly in such a brief volume. On the one hand, one might find entire books written on the topics of some of her chapters; there is certainly more to say on some of these topics. On the other hand, sometimes one is in need of quick "short course" because of personal circumstances; this slim volume would provide exactly that, perhaps providing fresh insights as well as helpful reminders of things previously learned and forgotten. After reading it, one could always pursue a further investigation into one or more of the topics. The author covers practical, emotional, and spiritual issues, all quite competently. I do wish she had been upfront about her own religious affiliation; one gets the impression she is Catholic, and perhaps she felt it was inappropriate to state that directly. I would disagree. I found it distracting to look for a place where she made that clear. I think it is possible to state such affiliation, clearly, while asserting that nearly everything in the book would be applicable for almost anyone who tries to be a supportive companion to a person who is dying. Perhaps it was thought that a reader would make that assumption after noting that the publisher was Franciscan Media. My impression is that many readers pay no attention to who publishes a book. That is a tiny detail, though, and overall I thought it was excellently done, quite useful and unusually concise.

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Margrit Anna Banta leads a grief support group at Holy Trinity Parish in Norfolk, Virginia. She holds a master's degree in religious education from the Catholic University of America. Among her published works are the student and teacher’s manuals for the “I Call You Friends” series (grades 7-12), Parish Reconciliation Services, Reconciliation Services Through the Church Year, and Words of Comfort As You Grieve.
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Product Type:  Book

Item Number:  #B36804

ISBN:  9781616368043

Publication Date:  11/11/2014

BISAC:  RELIGION/Christian Living/Death, Grief, Bereavement

Imprint:  Franciscan Media

Trim Size:  130.18 mm X 184.15 mm X
(Approx. 5.13 in X 7.25 in X )

Pages:  64

List Price:  $ 8.99