Holy Dying: Stories and Struggles by the Rev. Dr. Ellen Richardson
St. Anne’s is pleased to announce the publication of Holy Dying: Stories and Struggles by our Assistant Rector, the Rev. Dr. Ellen Richardson. Holy Dying comes from the deep well of Rev. Ellen’s years of experience in medicine, palliative care, and ordained ministry.
6:30 p.m. April 6 in St. Anne’s Parish Hall
Join us for a special evening with Rev. Ellen as we celebrate the publication of her new book, Holy Dying: Stories and Struggles. Rev. Ellen will share about the book, including its genesis and purpose, and there will be opportunities for Q&A, conversation with the author, and book signing. Books will be available for purchase, or you may bring your pre-purchased copy.
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About the Book
Human beings do not want to die; we spend infinite resources to sustain life, without regard to cost or quality. And yet we do die. Facing terminal illness and unprepared for death, we can feel abandoned by both secular and faith based institutions, whose focus on restoration can fall short of the wisdom and grace needed to embrace a holy death as a part of life.
Holy Dying offers stories from the author’s work as a physician, framed in the teachings of Holy Scripture and tradition, to invite individuals or groups to explore their questions about dying in our highly medicalized culture. It offers both practical information and a spiritual perspective to acknowledge the challenges we face when making medical decisions for ourselves or loved ones near the end of life. Faithful acceptance of our mortality can rescue our time of dying from failure and isolation, welcoming the abiding presence of God’s transformative healing and grace.
Praise for Holy Dying: Stories and Struggles
“…this remarkable book gives us a unique look at the graceful moment a person’s last days can be.” —Barbara Crafton, author, The AlsoLife and Called
“… Dr. Richardson’s book provides a rich source of solidarity and wisdom for both ministers and the faithful as they consider the greatest mystery humans encounter—death itself.”—Danielle Tumminio, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology and Director of Field Education, Seminary of the Southwest
“… a valuable resource for anyone facing death, whether in the next week or in the next decades, for those with deep faith and for those with none at all.” —Wayne Smith, 10th Bishop of Missouri