Death & Dying

Death & Dying

Articles

August 15, 2017

[Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop of Melbourne Philip Freier has joined six other Christian leaders in Australia from the region in calling on the state premier to reconsider plans to legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia. In a letter to Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, the...

June 26, 2008

I read with interest Abby Bates' "Even at the Grave" testimony of coming alongside Eleanor ("Even at the grave: An exercise of law becomes a lesson in God's love," March). Now, I have a heart of grief as she shared that Eleanor had been neglected at home by her home health aide.

I have...

March 4, 2008

Editor's note: Christ Church in Greenwich, Connecticut, has a lay pastoral ministry called the Community of Hope. Among those trained was parishioner Abby Bates, a lawyer. She wrote a moving account, published in two parts in the parish newsletter, of her experience with an elderly woman that...

November 1, 2007

A frequent cause of traffic jams on highways in my area is the "looky Lou" habit in which drivers slow down to examine an accident on the side of the road. Usually an ambulance already has arrived, so it's not as if people want to help. They just to want to look.

Similarly, when public...

August 31, 2005

The tragic case of Terri Schiavo has led many of us to ask whether, if we were in a “persistent vegetative state,” our families would be morally obliged to keep us alive by means of a feeding tube.

Amazing life-sustaining technologies developed in the 1960s that, while welcomed, raised...

August 31, 2005

Like many people, the Rev. Nick Knisely, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Bethlehem, Pa., followed the Terri Schiavo case closely last spring. As a member of the clergy, he often helps families facing end-of-life issues.

But Schiavo’s case also struck a personal chord for Knisely....

March 31, 2005

End-of-life issues continue as a matter of public discourse and personal reflection following the March 31 death of Terri Schiavo—the 41-year-old Florida woman who suffered severe brain damage in 1990 and for 15 years lived in what doctors called a persistent vegetative state.

Her death...

September 23, 2004

The Texas Partnership for End-of-Life Care (TxPEC) has doubly honored the Rev. Amy Donohue-Adams, head of the chaplaincy programs at Round Rock Medical Center.

A statewide organization dedicated to improving end-of-life care for people of all cultures and communities in Texas, TxPEC has...

April 1, 2000

The Rev. Art Kimber believes the church must play a far greater role in explaining Christian belief about death and its rituals and in helping people plan their final arrangements than it does at present.

The longtime Episcopal priest and hospice chaplain is not alone in his concern....

January 31, 2000

When the Rev. Vienna Cobb Anderson had to bury her mother, she did it with the same dramatic flair with which she does everything else. She put Vienna Amanda Louisa Cobb Anderson into the ground in a homemade pine box painted bright red, yellow and blue.

"It looks like an Egyptian...