Dying In God’s Hands
is a book about dying and death, and about what we learn from the terminally ill. It is intended to provide fresh insights into the hearts and minds of the dying – and to provide solace and comfort to people who are dealing with the loss of a loved one, whether in the immediate future or in the recent past.
Part I is based on interviews with 12 Hospice patients in which they share their hopes, strengths, anxieties, frustrations and needs.
“Dying people see life with clarity…. They have the unique ability of enjoying each moment as if it were their last,” the author writes in the introduction. She adds that “the sacredness of life” is among the profound lessons we learn from the dying. Several interviews provide testimony that a deep and abiding faith in God is the greatest strength of those facing imminent death.
While exploring and illuminating the natural process of dying, the author consequently touches on the outer edges of the supernatural. The reader can practically feel the patients’ longing for reunion with God – the universal and ultimate aspiration of the soul.
Part II of the book discusses 8 topics that represent shared bonds and experiences – common denominators – of those who are terminally ill.
Part III features prayers and inspirational writings rooted in various religious traditions: Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Bahá’í and non-denominational.
The author is Camille Pavy Claibourne, RN, PhD, a former Chairman of the Board of Hospice of Acadiana of Lafayette, La. She dedicated her graduate studies to the subject of dying and death (thanatology). This book is a result of her dissertation research, which included interviewing the hospice patients discussed in the book.