Spiritual and Cultural Traditions: Resources Around Illness, End of Life and Grief

The seasons of life that include serious illness, end of life and grief present possibilities and challenges. People facing illness, caregiving, dying and grief often turn to their faith communities for support—seeking help with spiritual, emotional and practical challenges. And their beliefs and practices about death and dying are often shaped by their religious and cultural backgrounds and traditions.

The Unbroken CircleSpiritual and Cultural Traditions: Resources Around Illness, End of Life and Grief offers a compendium of resources tied to specific faiths and cultures. It is designed to offer insights rooted in the rich perspectives that come from deeply held religious and cultural beliefs and practices. Resources—selected for religious leaders, congregants and the lay public—include publications, study guides, videos, congregational belief statements and informational websites.

This compendium is a companion to The Unbroken Circle: A Toolkit for Congregations Around Illness, End of Life and Grief. In The Unbroken Circle, the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life and Reverend James L. Brooks provide congregations with an inspiring, achievable vision for caring for people facing illness, end of life and grief. From leadership development and education to congregational care and worship, the book guides clergy and lay leaders in weaving end of life care into the fabric of congregational life. The abundance of practical tips, examples and resources provide congregations with tools to strengthen the way they care. Designed as an easy to use guide that addresses the needs of children through older adults, The Unbroken Circle helps faith communities of all traditions rediscover what it means to offer hope throughout the seasons of life.

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Help Add to the Value of this Compendium

While we attempted to gather as many resources as possible for specific traditions, we have surely missed many. Are there spiritual or cultural resources you've found helpful that aren't included here? Help us grow this valuable resource by sending information about them to iceol@div.duke.edu