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A Long Letting Go: Meditations on Losing Someone You Love

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"A beautiful book of meditations."

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"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."

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Paperback, 135 pages
Published July 20th 2015 by Eerdmans
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Carol Bakker
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Marilyn McEntyre has much experience keeping vigil at death beds. The book has short meditations, infused with personal observations, ending with prayer.

The prayers (except I am saddened her prayers, though Trinitarian, never address Our Father) were comforting and encouraging, especially when death often leaves us incapable of articulating our soul's cry.

Help my grief to melt into gratitude in due time,
and teach me complete reliance on your holy will.


McEntyre knows her Bible; she also quotes D
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Jodie Pine
Apr 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Poetic, prayerful, and practical. This book would be helpful for someone preparing for their own death or for the death of a loved one. As one who feels drawn toward hospital or hospice chaplaincy, I found the author's insights, personal experience, and prayers to be especially compelling and inspiring. ...more
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Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
A series of meditations and prayers that could be helpful to someone coping with the terminal illness and death of a loved one.
Jill Boyd
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Profound and beautifully written. All stuff without sap.
Pam
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I give this book 5 stars because of the second half; the section titled Mourning. It is priceless. It is helpful when walking with others as they mourn and in our own mourning. It is beautiful and grace-filled.
The first part of the book is about being with someone as they are dying. It has a very narrow focus on those who are in hospice care and know they are at the end of their life. This section could be comforting for some but it felt unrealistic. So many people do die on their own terms. The
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Marilyn Chandler McEntyre is a fellow of the Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts at Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California, and she teaches at UC Berkeley. Her other books include Drawn to the Light: Poems on Rembrandt's Religious Paintings, In Quiet Light: Poems on Vermeer's Women, and Patient Poets: Illness from Inside Out.
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