In the Midst of Life--

The Australian Response to Death

Author: Graeme Maxwell Griffin,Des Tobin

Publisher: Melbourne University

ISBN: 9780522847192

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 278

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This is a thoroughly useful, authoritative and compassionate book about the last taboo subject-death. In exploring our responses to death, it reveals a great deal about Australian society. There is grim humour in the practical details of burial in the days of pick and shovel-and a priest if you were lucky. Stories of elaborate Victorian mourning etiquette, of poignant personal histories recorded on gravestones, of vehement debates about cremation, and much more, make good reading. The authors-a theologian and a funeral director-use this frank social history to look at questions we often avoid. What is grief? How can we help ourselves and others through it? What choices do we have for farewelling our loved ones? Are the rituals of churches, funeral parlours and cemeteries flexible enough to meet our endlessly varied needs? Both professional and general readers will find many answers and yet more questions in this informative and reassuring book.

In the Midst of Life

Affect and Ideation in the World of the Tolai

Author: A. L. Epstein

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520911642

Category: Social Science

Page: 328

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The Tolai are among the most distinctive of Papua New Guinea's indigenous peoples. For all their success in the pursuit of modernity, the Tolai remain traditional in their attitudes toward death, the cultural elaboration of which colors almost every aspect of their existence. In his new book, A. L. Epstein develops an emotional profile of the Tolai, contending that societies are distinguished as much by the shape of their emotional life as they are by their social arrangements and cultural styles. Epstein describes a wide range of mourning ceremonies and other more and less public occasions. By investigating not only the words that stand for emotions but also the way affect enters into and informs people's conduct, he charts a new course for ethnography that seeks to integrate the study of the emotions into anthropological analysis.

In the Midst of Life

Author: Jennifer Worth

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0297859595

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 1784

The last collection of true-life nursing stories from the No.1 bestselling author of the CALL THE MIDWIFE series. Jennifer Worth's bestselling memoirs of her time as a midwife have inspired and moved readers of all ages. Now, in IN THE MIDST OF LIFE she documents her experiences as a nurse and ward sister, treating patients who were nearing the end of their lives. Interspersed with these stories from Jennifer's post-midwife career are the histories of her patients, from the family divided by a decision nobody could bear to make, to the mother who comes to her son's adopted country and joins his family without being able to speak a word of English. IN THE MIDST OF LIFE also gives moving insights not just into Jennifer's life and career, but also of a period of time which seems very different to today's, fast-paced world.

In the Midst of Life

A Hospice Volunteer's Story

Author: Charles Rose

Publisher: NewSouth Books

ISBN: 1603061150

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 186

View: 2926

In the Midst of Life is a moving, evocatively described narrative of the patients and caregivers Charles Rose encountered as a hospice volunteer. It is also a perceptive account of his own journey into the world of the dying—a journey that in the end brings him, and us, more deeply and compassionately into the transitory world of our own lives.

Praise Dancing in the Rain in the Midst of My Life's Storm

Little Things Make a Big Difference

Author: Christola Deloris Witherspoon-Brayboy

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1465315659

Category: Self-Help

Page: 75

View: 673

Book Description Praise Dancing In The Rain In The Midst Of My Lifes Storm, (Little Things Makes A Big Difference) is intended to be an easy and gentle read, yet strongly effective. To you that read my book, I resign my liberty and I tell you my secrets. I will share with you the little things in my life that made a big difference. I am sharing my secrets with you and it is my sincere hope that you will tell someone. There have always been a certain feeling of power attached to the keeping of my secrets along with reciprocal bonds between my secrecy and emotions. Keeping my secrets made me an individual and now telling my secrets voluntarily forges a link with others and helps me become a better person. What you are about to read are secrets that I have jotted down in a journal, on sticky note or just carried around in my heart and head. My secret speaks of my hopes, dreams, love, gratitude and great passion for life. I share the stories of my lifes storms, my abilities over my disabilities, victory over defeat, advantages over disadvantages, and my desire to live a well live life over an unlived death. I am truly grateful and blessed from all the small things that made the big difference in my life. It is the experiences and learned lessons from the small things that I have learned how to praise dance in the rain until I can soar above my lifes storms. The little things are enormously significant. Each time I experience something I write it down in my journal and I ask myself two questions; What have I learned from it, and how can I use what I have learned to immediately improve my life? The content of this book is also the result of a quickening, energy and desire that translated from my heart through my head and now into this book. It offers inspiration, as well as spiritual, emotional and personal empowerment. It speaks of daily occurrences in my life, real life situations with others, humor and scriptures. This book imparts a message that Life is full of ups and downs, trail and tribulations, and challenges and struggles, which are called the storms of life. These storms presents opportunities, new levels of growth, new possibilities, wisdom, inner strength as well as an invitation for lips and heart to sing, arms to be spread as wings for soaring and feet to dance a graceful dance throughout the storm with the part of life that is stronger than the problem being faced. Every storm has a season and can be a result of Gods divine will as well as his permissive will. The storms in our lives provides the environment in which God reveals himself and where He wants us to learn to trust Him by taking Him at His Word. God does not always send the storm; however he will allows us to go through them for growth. He wants us to dance in the rain and soar above our storms as eagles. The Bible declares in Isaiah 40:31: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.(KJV). The eagle has long been a symbol of strength, power and majesty, they face storms fearlessly. They are of the few birds that do not fear or attempt to escape the storm. They simply use the storm to lift them higher, they adjust their wings feathers for maximum altitude and they are able to fly high above the storm. The eagles eyes are protected by a clear membrane that protects their vision, which allows them to see clearly as they fly at high speed and when they are in a storm. That is exactly what God wants our experiences in the storm to be. God wants us to learn to face storms with vision instead of emotion. He wants us to keep a clear vision and maintain the right perspective in our storms by letting our problems and challenges cause us to rise higher and higher. God wants us to envision victory over our storms. Eagles are constantly cleaning their feathers, pulling out any that are ruffled or damage

Peace in the Midst of Hell

A Practical and Spiritual Guide to Going Through the Fire (the Book of Life)

Author: Jawara D. King

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1477205608

Category: Religion

Page: 346

View: 5994

Hardships and pain are inevitable and will be encountered in everyone's life. At some point in our life, we will experience hardships, pain, and suffering, for no one can escape them. Prepared people aren't as badly affected by the inevitability of hardships as those who aren't prepared. How you deal with hardships defines your future. Hardships and suffering define your character and make you better. Pain and hardship give one an opportunity to grow as a person. They are impermanent and won't last. Nothing in our universe escapes impermanence. Keep the truth "it won't last" in your mind. Strength comes from realizing that other people are going through what you're going through. Pain and suffering can't be avoided and sometimes come acutely. Fierce experiences are a part of life. Negative self-talk increases their effect, while positive self-talk keeps you calm. Use your words to turn negative thoughts into positive ones. Deal with stress through your self-talk. We all talk to ourselves, either out loud or in our heads. Your positive self-talk will reduce stress and help you deal with situations that cause you stress. Control your thoughts and words. Stress and anxiety can help us make the necessary changes in our lives and help us to act in our best interest. Everyone has feelings of nervousness, tension, and stress at times. Practice relaxation techniques to control your mind. Deep breathing helps the entire body let go and loosen up. Your mind and body must feel peaceful and strong in order to handle life's ups and downs. Keep your mind off of worry by focusing your thoughts on beautiful, happy, and positive things.

Developing a Spiritual Warfare Mentality in the Midst of the Valley

Author: Stanley R. Saunders

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1469163705

Category: Religion

Page: 155

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Developing a Spiritual Warfare Mentality in the Midst of the Valley is a revolutionary look at Spiritual Warfare from a practical point of view. This book is designed to challenge your thinking so that you can function accurately in the midst of any situation that life presents. Hidden in the midst of every valley is the purpose waiting to be discovered. When you learn to think differently, you will discover the wonderful treasure of purpose, which will ultimately bring fulfilment to your life. In this landmark work, Stanley Saunders uses the analogy of two valleys (valley of bad decision and valley of destiny) to stir change in the heart of people. Regardless of what valley you find yourself in this book teaches you how to respond so that you can find meaning and significance to life. Most people are tired of going through the same battles and struggles over and over. Therefore, its time to break that trend by applying the life-changing principles of Gods Word. Are you ready for victory in every area of your life?

In the Midst of Pain

Author: Juanita Mcneil

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1479730688

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 112

View: 5450

The reason why I wrote this book is that I am hoping that I can reachout to others who are in pain and hopefully help them persevere and cope through life's toughest battles. I want to encourage people who are in some type of pain in hopes that I can help them recover from it. Now, the first four chapters of this book is about my life as a child growing up in a vicious atmosphere and how this same vicious cycle always seems to repeat itself. This vicious cycle grew with me into my adulthood. This book also contains what reality is like for me and how it is for others. Reality is very different for each individual, and each individual deals with it differently. I will also tell you about how I dealt with the pain and how others can learn to deal with it too. Now, if there is someone out there who is in despair and thinks that death is the only answer to all their pain, well, please, I hope that you will continue to read this book. I do pray that it will help you or help you deal with someone you know who thinks that death is the only answer. Believe me when I say that death is not the answer, because it's not. So my purpose of my book is to help you change your perspective on life in THE MIDST OF PAIN. But it is only now that I have come to realize that after enduring some serious traumas in my life, life is good after all, and it is such a blessing to live for God. Just think how life can bring you understanding on how to use your pain as an opportunity to help others in need, who are right in the middle of a crisis. Just when you think you can't handle no more and that you feel like you are at the end of your rope, that is when God shows up, and God will show off his blessings in your life. Please believe me when I say that this is the most beautiful and wonderful feeling to ever have. No one can make you feel as good as God does. Now, not only will God make you feel good, but he will also change your life to the good. All you have to do is just reach out and take his hand, because he is waiting for you. This book is based on the facts and the truth about my life. Now, through the pain that I have endured, I have gained some insight for the purpose of my book. I am blessed to say that this book has changed my life, and I am in hopes that it will help change other people's lives too. The more I read my own book, the more I learn from it. I do hope that it will do the same for you too, for it is my desire to help all those who are in need of an answer. May God bless you as you read this book!

A FLOWER in the midst of thorns

Autobiographical essays by JHAMAK GHIMIRE

Author: Hasta Gautam “Mridul”; Dr.Shingh B

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1477107819

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 295

View: 7640

Strength & Encouragement: So You Can Praise Me in the Midst of the Fire 366 Daily Devotions

Author: Debra Stuart Sanford

Publisher: CCB Publishing

ISBN: 1771431520

Category: Religion

Page: 372

View: 2672

Strength & Encouragement: So You Can Praise Me in the Midst of the Fire is a relatively unique devotional gift book containing 366 devotions written from Father’s point of view. Using this technique gives the book a sense of immediacy and intimacy with Father, and this is the great strength of the book. Though each daily message is short, they are consistently relevant and personal for people of all ages and from all walks of life. Each page contains the very promises and encouragement that will help any believer stand firm in the midst of fiery trials and tribulations.

In the Midst of Our World

Forces of Spiritual Renewal

Author: Paul Josef Cordes

Publisher: Ignatius Press

ISBN: 0898702089

Category: Religion

Page: 185

View: 2637

This book is drawn from the author's wide experience in working closely with the members of these worldwide lay movement. It contains both theological and spiritual principles to guide the laity in their apostolic work and practical applications drawn from his experience. This book will help the laity to carry out the renewal envisaged by Vatican Council II under the guidance of the man the pope has appointed for that specific purpose.

In the Midst of Our Storms

Opening Ourselves to Christ in the Liturgy

Author: Roc O’Connor

Publisher: LiturgyTrainingPublications

ISBN: 1616712368

Category: Religion

Page: 115

View: 4301

Reflecting on years of parish ministry experience, Roc O’Connor offers an exciting new approach to liturgical spirituality, one that encourages readers to explore their personal encounters with Christ in the liturgy.

In the Midst of Reality

Author: C.L. Harmon

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 149181473X

Category: Religion

Page: 110

View: 6586

A book that speaks to every generation sharing the reality of life experiences in a positive while uniquely frank design. It's a perspective that encompasses spirituality, religion, nature and philosophy, but does not exclude any individual from experiencing the messages relayed in the writings regardless of their beliefs, culture or origin.

Spiritual Growth in the Midst of Challenges

Author: Adolfo Makuntima Makwiza

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1467037338

Category: Religion

Page: 320

View: 9413

According to the savvy African Scientist by the name of Cheikh Anta Diop, the true cause of Socrates' death was the fact that he brought and introduced new ideas (from a foreign country) to the society in which he was living.(conference in LOME, Africa). Another wise African Scientist who was at the time living in France, once said: "Opening myself to others, Paris has opened me to the true knowledge of myself." Leopold Sedar Senghor. (from a book read in the secondary school, in the DR Congo, 1976-79). In this book, SPIRITUAL GROWTH IN THE MIDST OF CHALLENGES: a positive answer to a destructive disposition, the author is trying to explain that each society creates its barriers. With its cultures and beliefs, societies have developed Barriers; such as: - unableling someone financially by refusing to hire her/him for the work he /she qualified for; or which she/he deserves and systematically putting him/her down; - assassinating one's character by labeling him /her as a mental health sufferer because of his/her courage of not being afraid to speak the truth and to bring it forward to the public; - preventing him/her to generate good income in order to live a decent and prosper life; - Breaking his /her spirit by refusing his /her work and therefore, destroying all her/his credibility and efforts to evolve; Those barriers are implemented to allow or to limit certain people from becoming successful in a given society. These calculated bad intentions are put in place and carried on to make someone become sick or just to harm. What the author is really trying to say is that when a person lacks supports ( i.e, financial, emotional, and social), he or she is already dead. This attitude proceed from the society that does not promote gifts, talents and abilities of someone prominent and promising because of the color of his/her skin, the origin, the religion or the difference in reasoning. Isn't true that anything that waste potential or potentiality is Evil? If it is so, we must discern and recognize that from Evil comes racism; racism engenders injustice, injustice produces poverty and prolong poverty leads to death. All one can do is to denounce because denouncing injustice is always already fighting against the injustice.

In The Midst Of A Turbulent Sea


Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 9781449706579

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 208

View: 7654

This book is written to reveal the unchanging power, love and grace of God to believers. When God says yes he still maintains it no matter what. His faithfulness and mercy are unmeasurable. God indeed proved that he has ultimate power in the heavens, in the earth and beneath the earth hence he delivered me and snatched me away from the destruction of the devil and I can sing praises to his holy name. Praaaaaise Jesus. AMEN. God is good and he is worthy of our praise and to be honored. Jesus reigns and the earth trembles. Fear God alone for he has the final authority for your life and no other.

When in the Midst of a Spiritual Storm: Praise, Pray, and Persevere

Author: Dianne E. Barlow BA,MA

Publisher: Inspiring Voices

ISBN: 9781462401734

Category: Religion

Page: 154

View: 939

Have you ever been in a physical or spiritual storm? Well, they are both similar. A physical storm is whereas there are dark clouds, thunder and lightning and the sun refuse to shine. There is also rain, and I mean rain, rain, and then more rain. A spiritual storm has some of the same characteristics. The most highly visible difference is that soon the physical storm has passed. A spiritual storm, one may have to weather it much longer. It won’t be over until God say that it is. During this time we must praise, pray, and persevere. This is the only way that we will be able to weather the storm. When in the Midst of a Spiritual Storm: Praise, Pray, and Persevere will open our minds to the spirituality of God’s work. Whenever we experience these storms God is doing a great work in us and he is taking us to another level in him. The author portrays some of the many storms that she has had to endure as well as those of some biblical characters, and others who she has had contact with. The author guarantees that you will be able to see yourself or those who are close to you in some of these storms. You will be able to also see how storms can be weathered with God’s assistance. There are many obstacles in weathering storms and many spiritual disciplines that we must acquire. It is my prayer that we can all learn from this knowledge.