I very much appreciated “The Art of Dying” by Lisa Sowle Cahill (June 2010). As a harpist and certified music practitioner trained to play therapeutic music at the bedside of sick or dying persons, I have dedicated much of my life and ministry to enabling a “good death.” In my own experience, being with my cancer-stricken 58-year-old father in the last week of his life, as he died in his home under the care of hospice, was an eye-opening, powerful, and blessed experience for our family.
My only criticism of the article is the disappointing lack of citations. Cahill repeatedly points out that the approaches to care of the dying in her article are called for by “God’s plan,” “Christian wisdom,” and the Christian “bioethical perspective,” but without pointing us toward the specific sources. Those who may disagree could easily argue that this “Christian wisdom” is simply Cahill’s wisdom.
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