The passage from life to death is one of the most difficult we all face, both for ourselves and for our families and friends. Bethesda Friends Meeting is working to do more to help individuals approach this transition with spiritual support as well as practical suggestions. The links provided below will take you to materials on preparing for end-of-life, support for the dying and the bereaved, and actions to be taken after death.
"Death is but crossing the world, as friends do the seas; they live in one another still. For they must needs be present, that love and live in that which is omnipresent. In this divine glass, they see face to face; and their converse is free, as well as pure...
...This is the comfort of friends, that though they may be said to die, yet their friendship and society are, in the best sense, ever present, because immortal."
William Penn, 1693
Preparing Ourselves and Our Loved Ones for Death
- Queries: For Explorations on Living and Dying Well from Baltimore Yearly Meeting (pdf)
- Readings on Embracing Our Mortality (pdf)
- Children and Death, by John Graham Pole, Friends Journal, August 1, 2017- Readings on Care at End of Life (pdf)
Some end-of-life resources have been drawn from the following: