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Approaching the End of Life: A Practical and Spiritual Guide

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Kindle Edition, 206 pages
Published May 21st 2015 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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Mark Hartzer
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
A gentle and well meaning book. While not everything here is terrific, and some chapters border on wrongheaded, by and large Schaper does an excellent job of making one think and plan for their ultimate demise.

Several special items of note:
1.) Her 'opinionated' template for a funeral or memorial service;
2.) A possible budget for a funeral or memorial service;
3.) 'Stardust to stardust' is much more lovely than 'dust to dust' plus she gives credit to Carl Sagan &
4.) A wonderful quote from
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Cyndie
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
I used this book as the basis for a class I led on Approaching the End of Life. Personally, I found that the author and I have quite a theological departure when it comes to spirituality and the end of life and planning memorial services, etc. But it was a good launching point for me.
Robin
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: retirement-aging
Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper is one of the daily devotional writers for the United Church of Christ and I enjoy her writing there, but I really think she shines more in longer book forms. I've thought about many of the topics in this book but it was good to read her take and hear the stories from her experience. Takeaways from this book for me include:
"ashes to ashes, stardust to stardust" -- Schaper's twist on the traditional graveside line (8)
Hospices's "5 things you should say to a dying loved one:
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Debbie
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I found this book most interesting and full of valuable information in getting yourself and your things ready for the end of life...whether it's for your end, or in helping a family member or friend get things in order. It's a good tool for helping you change your perspective and approach to the end of life.

My dad passed away almost 4 weeks ago now, and I wished I had read this book quite awhile ago, when he was sent to Hospice over 2 years ago (he graduated from hospice to survive another year
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Lynne
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was delightful...ashes to ashes, stardust to stardust, in the words of the author.

Not just a book on dying, but on living fully until death...
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Some good ideas, but she lost me in a lot of this book
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