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Maynooth College Reflects on Facing Life’s End: Perspectives on Dying and Death


EDs: Jeremy Corley, Aoife McGrath, Neil Xavier O’Donoghue, Salvador Ryan

Foreword by Archbishop Dermot Farrell

‘sensitive pastoral and theological reflections…[this book] fills an important gap in contemporary pastoral and theological discourse’  The Furrow

‘expert and thoughtful expositions on an eclectic range of topics…a life-affirming and ultimately comforting book for all believers…essential reading for professional and carers involved in end-of-life care.’Intercom

 written with great tenderness, clarity and compassion, along with deep pastoral and theological insight…[an] excellent kaleidoscope, bringing light and hope to the process of dying and death.’ The Catholic Post

‘wholeheartedly recommended… an enlarging experience to read and absorb. It is a book which should be known, and widely used by all those involved in end of life care’.The Irish Catholic

‘the variety on offer will help those in palliative care, chaplaincy, fulltime care, bereavement groups.’   Spirituality Journal

With contributions from those working in palliative care, healthcare chaplaincy, philosophy and theology, this book adopts a multi-faceted approach to questions around dying and death.

Topics include the transformative power of palliative care, spiritual care at the end of life, philosophical perspectives on dying, death and dignity, prudential judgment in end-of-life decision-making, perinatal death, compassionate accompaniment of the bereaved, honouring the sacred story of the dying, reflecting on the Order of Christian funerals scriptural perspectives on mortality, the significance of music in the funeral liturgy, how the afterlife has been imagined within the Christian tradition, and the ‘liturgy’ of the Irish Wake.

Jeremy Corley, Aoife McGrath, Neil-Xavier O’Donoghue and Salvador Ryan are faculty members at Maynooth Pontifical University.


210 x 140mm