October 31, 2011

The Art of Dying and Living: Lessons from Saints of Our Time

Finding Hope in Times of Grief

REVIEW by NANCY ROBERTS
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Hundreds of years ago, our Christian forebears sought to learn to die well. They even wrote guidebooks about the art of dying (ars moriendi), hoping to inspire others to achieve a sense of spiritual completion and fulfillment at life's end.

But in our modern age, such signposts are few indeed. Our loved ones often die not at home, but in hospitals at some remove from us. And so we approach death largely untutored, bewildered and unprepared, writes Kerry Walters, a former hospital chaplain.