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  • While I Breathe I Hope


    Deeply spiritual and personal reflections from distinguished theologian Richard R. Gaillardetz.

    Diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, theologian Dr. Richard R. Gaillardetz started sharing his thoughts and reflections on CaringBridge and signed off each entry with the Latin phrase ” dum spiro, spero” (“While I breathe, I hope”). In his chronologically compiled essays, Rick moves through his final season of life seeking insight from his Christian faith, while discovering new meaning in the signs and symbols that mark familiar liturgical seasons and celebrations. He explores fears and doubts, joys and sufferings, and the graces and blessings he encounters along his final journey. With shots of humor, a few sports analogies, and a sprinkling of quotes from Karl Rahner, Rick offers wisdom for all in his poignant exploration of what it means to be a person of faith, entering the paschal mystery, ever hopeful for the life to come.

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  • Dying Without Fear


    Catholic theologian Paul Chaloux’s follow-up to Why All People Suffer focuses on the natural and spiritual concerns encountered in dying and death. Theologically rich yet easy to read, this book is emotionally charged and will speak to the needs of your heart, whether you are facing terminal illness, caring for a dying loved one, or grieving a loss. Dr. Chaloux uses his own experiences in dealing with Parkinson’s disease and the dying and death experiences of his family members going back four generations to help make sense out of and answer the natural and theological questions most people have concerning death and dying.

    The first section of the book lays out the theology of suffering and death. You will learn how they are critical to Providence, God’s great plan for the universe, and why everyone must suffer and die. You will also see how even the most horrific deaths can be used by God to bring about salvation for those who suffer those deaths and for others.

    The second section explores death and dying from the perspective of the dying, giving helpful advice on what to do with your remaining time and energy to maximize building love and growing in your relationship with God and others. Dr. Chaloux skillfully discusses both spiritual preparations and practical decisions, from healthcare choices to final wishes, providing a checklist of seven items that the dying should consider.

    The third section focuses on dying and death from the perspective of a surviving relative. It explains typical causes of death, the five needs of the dying, and the role of caregivers, with particular emphasis on “tough” cases such as dementia, suicide and the loss of a spouse, a parent, a child, or another close relative.

    Significantly, you will find why recalling the attributes of God will help you trust in His love for you.

    You will also discover:

    *A review of the Four Last Things and why they make life meaningful
    *Why suffering is an important part of the dying process and why all people must die
    *The four tasks of suffering that bring you from sin to salvation
    *How to gain the only currency that transcends Heaven and earth
    *How redemptive suffering and death are gifts that can lead to mercy and joy

    Dying without Fear will enlighten your perspective about suffering and death and about the relationship between God and man, so that you will truly be able to approach the final things without fear and to assist your loved ones in attaining peace on

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  • We Are The Lords


    No one likes to think about death and many are not ready for it, either as the patient or a loved one. And yet, the dying process is oftentimes marked by an array of diverse and confusing questions that can catch anyone off guard.

    What are we supposed to do?

    We Are the Lord’s is a succinct, quick-reference guide to difficult end-of-life questions, framed by divine wisdom and Church teaching. Its easy-to-read chapters and question-and-answer format can be a welcomed help to any person or family who are searching for answers during a difficult and traumatic time.

    *We Are the Lord’s answers such questions as:
    *What’s the difference between medical care and medical treatment?
    *Are pain medications okay? How much is too much?
    *What should I do if my loved one refuses to eat or drink?
    *When is it okay to suspend nutrition and hydration?
    *What to do if medical personnel pressure you to accept treatment that you feel is not morally acceptable?
    *Is a breathing tube considered “extraordinary care”?
    Is a breathing tube morally different from a feeding tube?
    *How do I know when it’s okay to let go and stop treatment of my loved one?
    *How to handle challenging situations concerning DNR (“do not resuscitate”).
    *How do I handle the guilt of making a decision that ended a person’s life?
    *…and more

    This book is an invaluable resource for direct and focused responses to some of life’s most difficult and painful questions. It straightforwardly addresses end-of-life questions, such as the gift of life, redemptive suffering, judgment, and the hope of eternal life, as well as how to properly understand the Catholic Funeral Mass.

    Whether as a preparation for a future journey or as an immediate guide for you now, We Are the Lord’s is available and ready to help.

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  • Art Of Caring For The Sick


    Offers perspectives through which readers can have a better understanding of the complex world of health, suffering, dying and death. The author’s input treats of prevention, care and rehabilitation all within a Christian and biblical context. The content is developed in the form of workbook, with exercises, pastoral dialogues to analyze and case studies.

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  • Will To Live


    Archbishop Jose Gomes, renowned expert on death and dying issues, explains what every Catholic needs to know in order to effectively and morally prepare for the inevitable death of our loved ones and even ourselves. With changing values and modern medical technologies to deal with, this booklet explains how to approach end-of-life issues and prepare for death in a way consistent with our Catholic faith. You will learn the answers to these important issues and more: What dignified death means to a Catholic. Why euthanasia, even if well intended, is murder. What the culture of life really means. Whether a Catholic should have a living will . Which medical practices are immoral. Pope John Paul II s criteria for ordinary vs. extraordinary means. What is morally mandated for palliative care.

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  • Caring For A Dying Loved One


    1. Why Does God Permit Suffering?
    2. Blessed Are They Who Mourn
    3. A Charitable Ministry
    4. To Forgive Is Divine
    5. Be Not Afraid!
    6. Preparation For The Final Journey
    7. Perseverance In Prayer
    8. Saying Goodbye And Letting Go
    9. Bringing It All Together
    121 Pages

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    Someone in your family is diagnosed with a terminal disease and your whole world is turned upside down. What can you do to help them through their final days? Where will they be cared for? And by whom? How do you decide? What do you do when members of the family disagree on the best way to care for the dying loved ones? What resources are available to make it easier for everyone involved? What ethical issues may arise regarding the withholding or withdrawal of life support? How can the loved one be ministered to spiritually as he or she prepares for eternity? When is it time to let them go and how do you go about it? How might hospice help? This is only a small sample of the many matters covered in this handy guide for those who are responsible for the care of a dying loved one.
    Trying to make sense of suffering and death, the role of grief, the need for forgiveness and reconciliation at times, the essential part that prayer can play and an overview of some bioethical decisions that may have to be made are among the many important issues dealt with here.

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