BOOKS TO MAKE YOU PONDER
BOOKS TO MAKE YOU PONDER
Publication date: 7 March 2024. Practical and spiritual guidance for anyone facing the challenges of dying and death — whether their own death or that of a family member or friend.
The authors draw on their personal stories, as well as on years of medical and pastoral experience. Their writing is full of sensitivity, empathy and wise understanding.
Each chapter focuses on a different area or question, so you can find what you need with ease. The final chapter concludes with a clear message of hope.
The book carries a full index, and a list of resources.
Elaine Sugden worked in Leeds in the 1970s as a doctor of children with leukaemia before moving with her family to India for six years. From 1984 she worked in adult oncology in Oxford, and from 1995 as a consultant treating adults and children with cancer. She wrote her contributions to this book after retiring in 2013, based on her years as a practising doctor. Elaine continues to be involved in a European organization working for those treated for cancer when children. Her booklet Caring for People with Cancer, based on a series of seminars in India, was published in 1998.
Philip Giddings taught at the University of Reading from 1972 until his retirement as Head of the School of Politics and International Relations in 2011. Philip was an elected member of the Church of England General Synod from 1985-2015, and of Archbishops’ Council from 2001-2015, and he chaired its Mission and Public Affairs Council from 2003-2011. He has twice been widowed. His other publications are in the field of Parliamentary affairs and the Ombudsman institution.
Martin Down is an Anglican priest who served in country parishes in Lincolnshire and Norfolk until 2012 when he retired to live in Oxfordshire. Martin is author of several books including The Best Is Yet To Be: Being happy in retirement and old age (2012) and The Christian Hope: A guide to life after death (2016).
Gareth Tuckwell was Medical Director of Burrswood Christian Hospital, and CEO from 1986-2012, and Medical Director and Clinical Director at Hospice in the Weald from 2003-2007. He has been involved with Macmillan Cancer Support as both a regional director and trustee. Until 2020 he chaired Sanctuary Trust and the ME Trust. He remains vice-president of Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care. Gareth contributed to ‘A Time to Heal’, a report for the House of Bishops in 2000, A Question of Healing (Eagle, 2000) and Transforming Health (MARC 2005).
Foreword to the first edition by Lord Mackay of Clashfern
Why and how we need to talk about dying
Coping with life-threatening illness
Talking about dying: When? Where? How?
Coping with the unexpected
The death of a baby
Talking to children
Talking about life after death
Facing up to fear
Praying for healing
Suggestions of ways to help
Elaine Sugden and Philip Giddings
Where to find more help
Advance Care Planning
Preparing for an expected death at home
What to do after a death at home
About the authors
'This is one of the most practical books I have come across. The compassion, experience and faith of the authors shine through. I commend it very warmly indeed for the guidance it offers and the hope it provides.'
Michael Lloyd, Principal, Wycliffe Hall, Oxford
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