Margaret Nutting Ralph reflects on the passing of her parents and the biblical and spiritual lessons learned through these difficult times. The book goes beyond her personal experiences to explore the meaning of death in the Christian tradition, emphasize the belief that life does not end with life on earth, and offer hope and comfort to those who are suffering.
Margaret Nutting Ralph is the director of the Masters in Pastoral Studies program at Lexington Theological Seminary. She has published many books, including Why the Catholic Church Must Change: A Necessary Conversation, A Walk Through the New Testament: An Introduction for Catholics and And God Said What? An Introduction to Biblical Literary Forms.
Introduction: A Personal Witness Chapter 1: Setting the Stage Chapter 2: Approaching the Veil Together Chapter 3: The Funeral: Long Term Planning on God's Part Chapter 4: Discerning Christ in the Whole Body of Christ Chapter 5: Being the Body of Christ Chapter 6: An Explanation for My Hope Chapter 7: Discerning Christ in All of Creation Chapter 8: Twenty Years Later: Spiritual and Biblical Lessons Learned Appendix 1: A Contextualist Approach to Scripture Appendix 2: Scripture as a Living Word Appendix 3: A Bibliography of books to give comfort to those in grief and to help loved ones offer comfort to those in grief.