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In her more than forty years as a minister, Rev. Donna Schaper has been approached hundreds of times by people wanting to know how to prepare for the end of life in both practical and spiritual matters. Countless others have turned to her for guidance on how to handle the death of a loved one. From making a will and planning a memorial service to finding peace in the toughest circumstances, Approaching the End of Life offers practical and spiritual guidance to anyone wrestling with the end of a life.With sensitivity and humor Rev. Schaper helps readers face aging and mortality with freedom rather than fear. She encourages readers to find a spiritual home of some kind - even if it is far from the doors of a church - and offers helpful suggestions on memorials and funeral services that will be well suited to the departed while serving the loved ones in their grief and celebration.

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Donna Schaper

Donna Schaper is currently Senior Minister of the historic Judson Memorial Church in New York City. Dr. Schaper describes the church as "a gathering place for people who seek spiritual nurture to build public capacity for social change." Among her current projects at Judson are developing a bail-out theater and "underground economy" while also building a public ministry training program for future church leaders. The church is also the home of the New Sanctuary Movement of New York City and of Occupy Faith and is initiating a new offensive to retain access to abortion rights. Rev. Schaper has been senior minister at Judson since 2005.

Schaper is the author of numerous books, most recently GRACE AT TABLE: SMALL SPIRITUAL SOLUTIONS TO LARGE MATERIAL PROBLEMS. Her best seller is SABBATH KEEPING. Other popular selections among her 31 books include WHEN A PARENT DIES and THE ART OF SPIRITUAL ROCK GARDENING and GRASS ROOTS GARDENING: RITUALS TO SUSAIN ACTIVISTS. Her articles, opinions, blog posts, and essays appear regularly in a diverse mix of media, such as The Huffington Post, the National Catholic Reporter, Sojourners and Tikkun.

To learn more, visit www.judson.org or www.donnaschaper.org. where her blog Grace at Table appears as well.

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