Dying Well

This booklet on Dying Well is an opportunity to create a conversation with our readers, about our own death and the deaths of those we’ve known and loved.

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This booklet on Dying Well is an opportunity to create a conversation with our readers, about our own death and the deaths of those we’ve known and loved. Sr. Rosemary shares stories of her experience of accompanying her mother closely for the last four weeks of her journey in a palliative care hospital setting. As she lived, so she died, with grace, dignity and deep faith. Remarkable to our family were the life lessons Mom taught us throughout this climax of her earthly journey. 
Our hope is that these reflections on dying well will help and inspire others to make of their own dying journey a peak, transformative experience of a lifetime. And for loved ones accompanying them, may their dying process be a more contemplative grace that endures. 
The Chapters suggest what might be helpful as one prepares for one’s own death with more awareness and confidence. It offers ideas of how to be present with our loved ones undergoing ‘the work’ of their dying process. These four statements shared with family, friends, caregivers and hospice workers can become a graced encounter with the mystery and depth at the heart of all human relationships: 

  • I’m sorry.
  • I love you. 
  • Thank you. 
  • Goodbye.

These reflections on this important message of Dying Well are shared with a special love and comforting message to every person who is facing this precious time on their earthly journey. Entrust yourself to the process. Your loved ones, your medical team and all who accompany you with their friendship, skill and care, want to help you embrace your death as a FINAL GIFT, a legacy of faith and hope that will be remembered and cherished. 
My desire is that we might all learn how to speak about the deeper meaning and purpose of life, about death and dying, and about intuitions of eternal life, and our ultimate destiny as human beings. These deep conversations are things that are usually denied or avoided but can be befriended and held as a prized possession. 
This book hopes to offer purpose and meaning to our lives now and to life's final chapter. May our readers be open to these reflections on our own mortality and feel moved to start preparing now for the culminating work of our lifetime. With blessed assurance, we are all nearing Home.

 

Format: 5.5 by 6.5 inches

Number of pages: 70

ISBN: 978-1-988422-02-2

About The Author

Rosemary O'Toole CSJ

Rosemary O’Toole CSJ(Sisters of St. Joseph) and spiritual directors from The Upper Room Home of Prayer in Ottawa, Canada are creating a library of books on various core spiritual teachings. This Future Full of Hope series of 15 small books is their 30th anniversary ‘pay it forward’ gift to Christians. These books can be purchased for individual study and reflection or used in school, parish or home groups. Concise, yet comprehensive, these teachings can guide and inspire many on their spiritual journeys.