Dying is all about human beings in relationship with themselves and with one ather. It identifies a relational process, a coming to terms with limitation; and 'a good death' identifies a dying process that has been marked by personal growth, deepening understanding, and the expression of care, t only from care-givers towards the dying, but from the dying toward themselves and in relation to those who care for them. Death is one thing, dying ather. Dying is a process of tremendous variability. Rather than being an abstract universal, dying is profoundly personal and intimate. This book exemplifies the crossing of boundaries, perspective and disciplines to illuminate the intimacy of dying.
Lloyd Steffen, Ph.D., is Professor of Religion Studies, University Chaplain and Director of the Center for Dialogue, Ethics and Spirituality at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. His books include Life/Choice: The Theory of Just Abortion, Executing Justice: The Moral Meaning of the Death Penalty, and most recently Holy War, Just War: Exploring the Moral Meaning of Religious Violence. Nate Hinerman, Ph.D., is a member of the faculty in the School of Nursing and the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. He teaches and writes about death, dying, bereavement, and community-based models of hospice and palliative care.