Wise, nurturing reflections for caregivers letting go of loved ones
This beautiful volume of reflections by Marilyn Chandler McEntyre is for family members and friends who are doing the life-changing work of accompanying someone on the final stretch of his or her journey. In quiet counterpoint to our hurried lives, A Long Letting Go
invites caregivers to slow down for reflection and prayer as they prepare to say good-bye to a beloved friend or family member and grieve that loss.
Based on McEntyre's personal and professional experience with the dying, these gentle meditations — each consisting of a short opening quote, a reflection, and a prayer — offer comfort, direction, hope, and respite to caregivers during a difficult season of their lives.
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Academy for Parish Clergy 2015 Top Ten Book for Parish Ministry
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"A beautiful book of meditations."
"McEntyre's language is reflective and sensitive but not sentimental. . . . A thoughtful and realistic window into the often hidden, though well-traveled, end-of-life journey."
— musician and writer
"Marilyn McEntyre embodies simple, patient kindness in the pages of this book."
— vicar of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London
"When we face our own death, or the death of someone dearer to us than life itself, we perceive as-yet formless truths and strive to articulate the fearful truths we apprehend. What we need is a companion who can abide amid our chaos, a sage who can choose the right moment to share a word, and a prophet who can say the thing we shrink from, yet need to hear. Marilyn Chandler McEntyre is all of these things. Going gently with her into the prison of death will set you free."
"Letting go of a loved one who is nearing the end of life is a difficult proposition, no matter how you slice it. Drawing from her years as a hospice volunteer, as well as from her experience of caring for her own family members, Marilyn Chandler McEntyre delves into this delicate subject with grace and compassion in her new book."