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Wed 19 Apr 2023 @ 23:46

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In the Mystery's Shadow

Reflections on Caring for the Elderly and Dying

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ISBN-13: 9780814663622
Number of Pages: 168
Published: 06/06/2019
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As our lifespans continue to grow longer, millions of people every year spend time caring for the elderly and dying—some as professionals, some as volunteers, and some through their loving but demanding care for parents, spouses, or other family members or friends.

In her book In the Mystery’s Shadow, Susan Swetnam draws on her experience serving thousands of ill and dying clients, often in hospice programs, as a certified massage therapist—and also on her experience of caring for her own husband, who died young of cancer. She explains how this sometimes difficult work offers not just the fulfillment of giving comfort to people who need it, but also moments of breathtaking wonder, moments that hint at the untold complexity of being human and affirm our sacred connections with each other. She writes of the hard lessons caregivers learn about themselves, while at the same time knowing the strange and humbling sense of being used in the service of God’s love. Insightfully connecting end-of-life care with the liturgical year, Swetnam invites those who care for the sick and dying, whether professional or volunteer, to stay awake to the sacred implications of their labors. 

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Susan H. Swetnam

Susan Swetnam is the author of more than a dozen books, including the award-winning In the Mystery's Shadow: Reflections on Caring for the Elderly and Dying. A retired Idaho State University English professor, she now works as a massage therapist with hospice patients, cancer survivors, caregivers, and the bereaved, and is a music minister in her home parish. Visit her at susanswetnamwriter.com.

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Aging and dying are the two most important challenges we face in health care today. We have lots of cure, but we still have much to learn about care of those who are experiencing the debilitation of mature life and the prospect of death. Susan Swetnam has done a masterful job of weaving together art, music, literature, theology and personal experience as she shares the development of her own vocation as a massage therapist. Her stories of encountering and literally touching the aged and dying will help patients and providers embrace mortality and discover a new spiritual perspective.Fr. Charles E. Bouchard, OP, Senior Director, Theology and Sponsorship, The Catholic Health Association

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