Dr. Megory Anderson is the author of two highly acclaimed books about Sacred Dying. These books explain the philosophy of Sacred Dying and provide an introduction to vigiling for both professionals and families.
Sacred Dying: Creating Rituals for Embracing the End of Life
By Megory Anderson, Paperback edition published by Perseus Press, 2003.
Death may be inevitable, but dying alone or in fear does not have to be. Sacred Dying is theologian Megory Anderson’s essential testimonial and handbook for creating a dignified, peaceful, and more sacred end to life. Anderson shows how to use personalized and creative rituals to help those dying prepare for their death and to bring a sense of peace, reconciliation, and acceptance both to themselves and to the loved ones they leave behind. She discusses all aspects of this final transition, including how to help a dying person put “unfinished business” to rest; using massage to help the dying let go of his or her body; and how to use music to help the dying focus on specific times, places, or events. Also included – new to this first paperback edition – is a chapter on what can be done after death, to help move the soul along. Intended for those who are going through the death of a loved one as well as those facing death personally, Sacred Dying facilitates creating a setting where death is experienced as it should be: with honor, respect, and sacredness.
Attending the Dying: A Handbook of Practical Guidelines
By Megory Anderson, Morehouse Publishing, 2005
This practical and concise handbook provides a brief overview of what to expect and how to respond when people are at life’s end. “Attending the Dying” can be used by people of any – or no – faith tradition, and will be useful for chaplains, social workers, hospital care workers, and friends and family of the dying.