Wisdom for Living the Final Season
112 Pages

Wisdom for Living the Final Season



Even those with a strong faith in God’s limitless mercy and may fear the process of dying. In this book, hospice nurse Kathy Kalina helps us find peace and solace so that we can live fully the end of our lives. This book is a gentle, straightforward companion for living the final season.



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Published 12 April 2012
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EAN13 9780819883407
Language English

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Wisdom for Living the Final Season
Wisdom for Living the Final Season
By Kathy Kalina
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Kalina, Kathy.  Wisdom for living the final season / by Kathy Kalina.  p. cm.  ISBN 0-8198-8324-7 (pbk.) 1. Terminally ill--Religious life. 2. Consolation. I. Title.  BV4910.K353 2011  248.8’6175--dc22  2011002907
The Scripture quotations contained herein are from theNew Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Excerpts from the English translation of theCatechism of the Catholic Church for use in the United States of America, copyright © 1994, United States Catholic Conference, Inc.—Libreria Editrice Vaticana. Used with permission. Excerpt fromMeditations on Joy© 1995 Dorling Kindersley, text © Sister Wendy Beckett, reproduced by permission of Penguin Books Ltd. Cover design by Rosana Usselmann Cover photo © Robert Kohlhuder / istockphoto.com All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher. “P” and PAULINE are registered trademarks of the Daughters of St. Paul.
Copyright © 2011, Kathy Kalina
Published by Pauline Books & Media, 50 Saint Pauls Avenue, Boston, MA 02130-3491 Printed in the U.S.A. www.pauline.org Pauline Books & Media is the publishing house of the Daughters of St. Paul, an international congregation of women religious serving the Church with the communications media. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 15 14 13 12 11
1 Own Your Feelings—Choose Your Attitude
2 Reclaim Your Life
3 Celebrate Your Personal Style
4 Travel Light
5 Prioritize
6 Take the Scenic Route
7 Become Your Very Best Self
8 Straight Talk about Dying
9 Crossing the Finish Line
The final season isthe most difficult time in any life. As much as I have tried putting into words what I’ve learned over the years from my patients, I wish I could tell you more about what this jour-ney might hold for you. But you’re ahead of me on this path; I will come after you. I feel honored that you are reading this, and I pray that you may find some consolation in the words I have written.
I pray for you with St. Paul:
I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Eph 3:16–21)
If your life wasan adventure story (and it is), how would the last two or three chapters read? I believe we need to ask this question as we go about the business of completing our lives. As with the last few chapters of a book or the final act of a play, surprising highs and lows may appear, along with an urgency to tie up loose ends before the conclusion.
As a hospice nurse, I have entered into the story of many lives and have read their last chapters,