Written by a person who has been comforting and counselling terminally ill people for years, this book offers guidance, support, and encouragement for both those who are approaching death as well as their families, friends, counselors, medical and hospice practicioners, and chaplains. Consisting of short "chapters," each including a spiritual reflection, Smith moves the reader or caregiver from "admitting that you know" to "finishing the race." Along the way comfort and guidance are offered on issues such as: Releasing Control, Dealing with Privacy, Crying, Partnering with Physicians, Embracing God, Expressing Anger, Forgiving, Reviewing Your Life, Making a Valid Will, Making Visitors Comfortable, Telling Your Stories, and Composing Your Goodbyes. Harold Ivan Smith is an adjunct professor in the doctoral program at Northern Baptist Seminary and has taught courses at Nazarene Theological Seminary. He is the author of many books on bereavement and is a sought after public speaker who frequently leads workshops for hospice training events and pastoral leadership conferences.
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Review 1 for Finding Your Way to Say Goodbye: Comfort for the Dying and Those Who Care for Them
Date:December 30, 2009
I would rate this book an easy 10! And, would expand on the author's intended audience to include all of us in the human family. An especially beneficial read long before the final diagnosis, at which time it has the potential to provide spiritual strength and guidance along the final journey. Thank you for the inspired words and prayers.