- File Size: 1227 KB
- Print Length: 187 pages
- Publisher: Family Manor, LLC; 2 edition (May 30, 2013)
- Publication Date: May 30, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00D476J7E
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,691,965 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
An Ordinary Death: Where Grief and Relief Hold Hands Kindle Edition
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A book for all of us, An Ordinary Death tells of a journey we will inevitably take both for those we love and for ourselves. After a series of strokes that began on August 13, 2010, Eileen H. Thomas died on September 18, 2010. A wife and a church member, a mother and a grandmother, this ordinary woman was accompanied on the last mile of her life's journey by an extraordinary daughter, the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. Pastor of the Krum, Texas, First United Methodist Church, Dr. Thomas has comforted the dying as well as their loved ones and has conducted many funerals. This time, she takes her own walk with death.
By exposing--through her blogs, emails, and personal journal entries--the rawness of her own heart, Dr. Thomas prepares us for the suffering we will face. She's honest about her anger at what seems like a money-making medical machine, cold hospice workers, and tangled Medicare rules. She shares her hope for her mother to come live with her and the shattering of that hope as her mother lapses into a comma, her confusion on how to make the final decisions, her grief for the death of her mother and for the death of her own sense of place in the world, her guilt for not having been a better daughter, and finally her gratitude for the gift of her mother's love. But in the end she learns that "Death comes. There are times to fight it with every piece of medical genius available. And there is a time to welcome it as a good friend, and start looking for the angels to take us to the next place."
For those now going on or who will go on this journey with a loved one, An Ordinary Death is a companion. For those unprepared for their own deaths, the book helps them do the most loving thing they can for those they will leave behind: give them peace by specifying in advance how the tough, end-of-life decisions are to be made.
A personal note on the blog posts that became a part of the book. In Feb of 2012 I found out that my own mother was dying of lung cancer and I remembered all the the posts I'd read about final wishes and legal issues and hospice and questions to ask etc. Those posts and the conversations I had with my friend the Rev. Thomas helped me to do the things that needed to be done for my own mother and for myself as she slowly died.
Today almost a year after my own mother's death, I am very pleased to see those blog posts along with the rest of the story published in this book by the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. My own mother had planned well for her death and I was thankfully left with not too many decisions to make, but those that I did have to make were made so much easier because I had the benefit of those blog posts and my friend's words of wisdom to me.
In short the book is a must have and a must read for healing from a loss or planning for the future.
A good read for anyone, and a good book study for a church of any denomination. Her themes are universal, and her honesty refreshing.
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We all must deal with death and end of life decisions. If we love our family we should speak clearly and document our wishes.Read more