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More Than A Parting Prayer: Lessons In Care Giving For The Dying [Paperback]

By William H. Griffith (Author)
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Through powerful and moving stories from his 20-plus years experience in chaplain ministry, Griffith provides lessons for caregivers who walk with those in the "valley of the shadow of death." (Practical Life)

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William H. Griffith offers a book that can be used by anyone--"layperson or clergy--"who wants to learn about what is important to the dying. Through powerful and moving stories from his twenty plus years experience in chaplain ministry, Griffith provides lessons for caregivers who walk with those in the "Valley of the Shadow of Death." Through Griffith's poignant stories, the reader learns lessons about the role of faith and God's Will, grief and grieving families, faith-based denial, fear, the role of forgiveness, addressing those of different faiths, dealing with personal loss, emotional and spiritual pain levels and many other important subjects. The book concludes with questions and reflections for added guidance.

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Using moving stories taken from his many years of experience as a chaplain minister, William H. Griffith offers valuable lessons to caregivers who walk with others through the dying process. Learn how to work with people from different faiths and gain insight into how faith, fear, grief, and forgiveness are an integral part of dying. At the back of the book are "reflective questions" for each chapter.
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More Than A Parting Prayer: Lessons In Care Giving For The Dying by William H. Griffith has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Ingram Advance - 04/01/2005 page 123
  • CBA Retailers - 04/01/2005 page 39

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Judson Press
Pages   158
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2005
Publisher   JUDSON PRESS #575
ISBN  0817014802  
ISBN13  9780817014803  

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1Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Death & Grief > Grief & Bereavement
2Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Death & Grief
3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Christian Living > Counseling
4Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Christian Living > General
6Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Spirituality > General
7Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Spirituality > Prayer

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Books > Christian Living > Practical Life > Grief, Suffering, Consolation
Books > Christian Living > Practical Life > Care Giving

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Book Endorsements are Many and Varied  Jun 8, 2005
As the author of this book I am thankful for the variety of endorsements that have been given from a number of different agencies. Following are a few from the cover of the book.


Ira Byock, M.D. director of Palliative Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock
Medical Center, author of Dying Well, and The Four Things That Matter Most
"In More Than a Parting Prayer William Griffith lays his confident hand on the
shoulder of chaplains, clergy or lay ministers who seek to lend spiritual
support to dying persons. His words teach of the wisdom of being present and of
listening with an open heart.
A Christian counselor with an ecumenical heart, William Griffith offers
his experience to anyone seeking to provide spiritual support to people
confronting life's end. Griffith's wisdom encourages clinicians and friends alike to
show up, not with facile solutions, but with good intentions, a willingness to
listen and commitment to remaining involved.
Often a skillful spiritual counselor can touch places within people beyond
the reach of medications. Griffith's perspective can assist chaplains, clergy
and lay ministers in developing a prepared presence from which to serve dying
persons and their families."


Joan D. Schulze, Stephen Minister, Desert Foothills Presbyterian Church, Scottsdale, AZ
"These stories helped me to understand more clearly the need for support and closure for the dying, as well as their families ... My confidence in being a Stephen Minister is greatly strengthened for having read this book."


Gary Kriege, M.A., Diplomate in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and Executive Director of Arizona Interfaith Counseling.

As a supervisor of a group of hospice pastoral counselors I have often wished someone were writing an account of the uniquely sensitive and meaningful encounters shared in our discussions. William Griffith has done just that regarding his pastoral encounters. In a style that touches us at a spiritual level, he wonderfully relates numerous and diverse moments of pastoral care with dying persons and their families. He avoids religious dogmatism and, true to his title offers lessons for caregivers to discover new definitions of hope as they walk briefly together.

Msgr. Edward J. Ryle
Retired Director, Arizona Catholic Conference
Phoenix, AZ

In his new book, More Than a Parting Prayer, the Rev. Dr. William Griffith offers chaplains and, indeed, all who serve persons facing death a rich and valuable resource. He writes as a Christian minister, with a doctor's degree in ministry, as a hospice pastoral counselor who has served over 1,400 dying patients and their families, and as one who has experienced the pain of loss of loved ones of his own. Out of his training, faith, sensitivity--and, I suspect, the inspiration and support of the Holy Spirit--he has written an insightful book which will assist others, whether believers or nonbelievers, professionals or volunteers, as well as family members, accompany and serve those who are in their spiritual journey of dying. I highly recommend it to them.

More Than A Parting Prayer  May 28, 2005
William Griffith allows us to follow him on his own journey of helping those that have to face the experience of death and loss. He offers insight to those of any faith so they can learn to deal with the difficulty of letting loved ones go. Anyone that has had to deal with a loved one's death (and that's all of us) can definitely benefit from reading this compact book full of inspirational stories.
Lessons Worth Learning  May 5, 2005
William Griffith's excellent book "More Than a Parting Prayer" delivers 100% of what it's sub-title declares: "lessons in care-giving for the dying." As a pastor I am constantly looking for helpful materials for church members serving on our Care Team. The value of this book is that any one of the 28 chapters can be reviewed at any time as part of a valuable continuing education for those who choose a ministry of presence with those who are dying. Furthermore, even if you chose to ignore the author's personal ministry experiences (which I do not recommend), the format of concluding each brief chapter with a couple of paragraphs of "Lessons for Caregivers" is well worth the price of the book. I highly recommend this book to my clergy colleagues. But pastors will quickly discover that these succinct mini-lessons can and must be put into the hands of lay people.
Essential information for anyone over 40  Apr 18, 2005
Let's face it, any of us over the age of 40 will soon have to confront the issues of death and dying with friends and family, presuming we haven't already done so.

William Griffith has done a wonderful job of providing practical examples in his book "More than a parting prayer, lessons in care giving for the dying." His book, drawn from real life experiences as he provided care to the dying and their families as a pastor, is must reading. If you don't know what to say to a dying friend, or a member of their family, this book has the answers.
It's Much More  Mar 16, 2005
The subtitle for MORE THAN A PARTING PRAYER suggests that this book was written for caregivers for the dying. Indeed, the book's format and the thoughtful commentary on each case make it a must for every caregiver's personal library. But the stories William Griffith shares on these pages stand alone and will do much to strengthen the faith of any reader.

Far from being sad tales of dying, these personal experiences of a pastoral counselor for a regional hospice organization are a source of comfort, hope and inspiration. Most of us will mourn for loved ones and go through periods of grief in our lives; this book has the potential for making those times more bearable.

Griffith says that one of the most difficult situations facing caregivers is caring for a family when a child is dying. "A tear is not very large, but when it falls down the cheek of a caregiver and drops onto the shirt of a grieving father, it is a Niagara Falls of support." Though less than 200 pages, this little book may be a shelf full of good feelings, a publication you may have trouble setting aside once you've started it.

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