Christian Books on Death And Dying;
Mourning and Grieving;
Eternal Life

Catholic authors—priests, professors, professionals— write on the subjects of the death of loved ones, mourning, and what we as Christians believe happens after one’s death. They are proficient at moving us toward healing. Many of those who have lost close family or friends from Covid-19 will find solace and understanding through the wisdom of these care-givers and theologians. In the end, we turn to our faith for comfort and understanding.

These books help us to understand how to deal with the untimely death of an innocent child, comfort people during mourning of the loss of a close loved one, and support the grieving process that is so important to healing. They enable us to come to an adult understanding of our role—and God’s role!—in death and eternal life. One book is particularly beneficial for those wishing to simply understand the spirituality found in the human conditions of birth, physical or mental impairment, and dying, a book inspired by Pope St. John Paul’s moral theology, which has come to be known as his “Theology of the Body.”

“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”St. Augustine of Hippo

 
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The 7 Intentions of Mourning
Carrying the Cross of Grief, with Meaning and Hope

When we unite our suffering with the suffering Christ, we learn that it can be redemptive and fruitful as part of His salvific mission. The Seven Intentions of Mourning are each conscious choices and together a unique pathway to healing where our grief finds a meaningful expression. Each intention is distinctly positioned to help us carry our personal cross of grief, as we discover that love endures all and that good can come from bad when there is hope.

Price:$ 18.95 USD
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In Oceans Deep
Redemptive Suffering and the Crucified God

This book is written from the perspective of a grandfather who suffered the death of a beloved granddaughter. In dealing with his suffering, he addresses these questions: What reasons does he have for trusting God’s love, goodness, and providence—even when prayers go unanswered? Why does he grieve, but not without hope? Is perplexed, but not in despair? Why is he justified in trusting the Word of God as a reliable source of knowledge?

Experiencing suffering and evil is like being up to one’s neck in deep water, in oceans deep as it were. Yet, God’s grace abounds in deepest waters by virtue of the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ, who “brings redemption not only to my suffering but also meaning to my death.” This book is written from the conviction that “There is not a single aspect of the Christian message that is not in part an answer to the question of evil” (Catechism of the Catholic Church §309).

Price:$ 18.95 USD
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Living Into Death, Dying Into Life
A Christian Theology of Death and Life Eternal

Peter C. Phan, noted for his theological exploration of the afterlife, presents an easily understood study of what eternal life means from a Catholic/Christian view. In Living Into Death, Dying Into Life: A Christian Theology of Death and Life Eternal Professor Phan elaborates and expands material first presented in twelve lectures.

Drawing heavily from the Christian Tradition, Phan identifies sections in the Old Testament and especially the New Testament that are relevant to eschatology, which is the search for an understanding of God’s final kingdom. Seen in the preaching of Jesus as presented in the Gospels, the Kingdom of God is both here now and also fulfilled at the end of time. Professor Phan is able to connect Scriptural representations of the afterlife with the ramifications of eternal life in our present everyday life.

This book is intended for audiences seeking to understand the death of a loved one, an impending death, or death in general; as well as those who are seeking a general spiritual or theological understanding of eternal life as presented by Jesus Christ.

Price:$ 19.95 USD
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Theology of the Body, Extended
The Spiritual Signs of Birth, Impairment, and Dying

Pope Saint John Paul II expected theologians to expand their insights of the 129 lectures given during his Wednesday audiences in St. Peter’s Square and Paul VI Audience Hall between September 1979 and November 1984. However, John Paul’s integrated vision of the human person—body, soul, and spirit—has rarely gone beyond the popular topics of moral theology associated with sexuality and marriage.

Susan Windley-Daoust, a passionate enthusiast of the theology of St. John Paul II, devoted spiritual director, and popular Assistant Professor of Theology at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, extends John Paul’s Theology of the Body to what it means to be human during the experiences of childbirth, impairment, and dying. Are there spiritual signs in these bodily events that are central to the human experience? Oh yes! And the signs mysteriously and wonderfully point to God.

Price:$ 36.00 USD
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