This week we will be exploring L.S. Dugdale’s book, “The Lost Art of Dying: Reviving forgotten wisdom

Today’s Bible reading

2 Timothy 4:9-13

9 Do your best to come to me quickly. 10 Demas has fallen in love with the present world and has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus has gone to Dalmatia. 11 Only Luke is with me. Get Mark, and bring him with you. He has been a big help to me in the ministry. 12 I sent Tychicus to Ephesus. 13 When you come, bring along the coat I left with Carpus in Troas. Also bring the scrolls and especially the parchments.

More thoughts for meditation 

“This chapter explores why so many Americans die in institutions, such as hospitals, nursing homes, and hospices. 

A gentleman in a wheelchair provides a visual representation of the many people who grow increasingly dependent on the mechanisms of health-care institutions. This rising reliance on doctors and hospitals—both individuals and societally—is partly responsible for the fact that [until recently] a minority of people die at home, contradicting their own strongly expressed wishes.”

Suggestions for action

What does your ideal death look like? Where would you like to be? Who would you like to be there? Maybe remember the love you share and call some of those people this week to say hello.