Presenting clergy and chaplains with unique therapeutic tools for helping senior adults enrich their later years, this book gives advice on how to strengthen relationships, find meaning in life and feel comfortable approaching life's final chapter.
It guides clergy and chaplains through how to effectively conduct "Soul Legacy" projects, in which older people reflect on what they want to leave behind for their loved ones and how they want to be remembered after they die. It enables older people to pay loved ones personal tributes and show them how important they are. By focusing on others rather than the self, it provides comfort for loved ones as well as the senior adult, prevents loneliness and negative feelings about ageing, and helps adults gradually become comfortable with the challenges of approaching the end of life.
Fred Grewe is a Hospice Chaplain at Providence Hospice in Medford, Oregon and an end-of-life care workshops leader. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley.
Acknowledgements. Introduction. 1. Addressing the Existential Issues that Terrify Us All. 2. The Importance of Meaning at the End of Life. 3. What is a Soul Legacy. 4. Connecting with Your Soul. 5. Connecting with Your Story. 6. Connecting with the Sacred. 7. Connecting with Others, Part 1: Forgiveness. 8. Connecting with Others, Part 2: Blessing. 9. Connecting with Mortality. 10. The Soul Legacy Seminar. Epilogue: So What Have I Learned? Appendix A: Suggestions for Group Study. Appendix B: Soul Print Exercise. Appendix C: Story Telling Exercise. Appendix D: Meditation on the Divine Connection. Appendix E: Blessing Exercise. Appendix F: End-of-Life Spiritual Care: FAQs. References.