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Petals of Prayer

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Reflections and resources for people living with dementia and their carers
More and more people are living with the challenge of dementia, whether having been diagnosed themselves or caring for a loved one. These moving prayers and reflections do not shrink from the feelings of helplessness and confusion that accompany dementia, but they do offer insight and understanding, drawn from the author’s experience and extensive study of the care needs of the person with dementia. There is also a resource section containing valuable information about dementia, and a list of helpful books and organisations.
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Product Code1501253
NamePetals of Prayer
SupplierKevin Mayhew
AuthorSiobhán O’Keeffe
ISBN9781848673298
Barcode9781848673298
Short DescriptionReflections and resources for people living with dementia and their carers
Pack Size1
Size175mm x 252mm
Count116 Pages
CoverPaperback
Date Published13 Jan 2011
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An unfortunate title for such an impressive book! Review by Paul Scott
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It’s an unfortunate title for such an impressive book – had I come across it on the shelf of a bookshop I would have passed on, but perhaps that’s a man thing. O’Keeffe calls dementia a ‘new mysterious reality’, yet that underplays the associated fear and anger which she attempts to dispel. There are blessings though – yes, even with such a destructive disease – like a deeper awareness of the gifts of life, of the simple reality of being.
O’Keeffe begins with a helpful couple of pages on what dementia is, and its diagnosis. Then come the prayers and reflections, for those living with dementia, some for carer’s, and finally those for use as general intercessions. Many begin with a scriptural quotation. What they display is the vast spread of human life caught up, joy in hens and chickens, the death of a dog, the washing, holiness, to the final goodnight, my love. O’Keeffe does not avoid the pain and distress, but every prayer is gentle, affirming, and drenched in love.
The final part of the book offers information, resources to help on the journey. It is a book that many will find invaluable, the honest words of those who have known the road for themselves, or accompanied others.It’s an unfortunate title for such an impressive book – had I come across it on the shelf of a bookshop I would have passed on, but perhaps that’s a man thing. O’Keeffe calls dementia a ‘new mysterious reality’, yet that underplays the associated fear and anger which she attempts to dispel. There are blessings though – yes, even with such a destructive disease – like a deeper awareness of the gifts of life, of the simple reality of being.
O’Keeffe begins with a helpful couple of pages on what dementia is, and its diagnosis. Then come the prayers and reflections, for those living with dementia, some for carer’s, and finally those for use as general intercessions. Many begin with a scriptural quotation. What they display is the vast spread of human life caught up, joy in hens and chickens, the death of a dog, the washing, holiness, to the final goodnight, my love. O’Keeffe does not avoid the pain and distress, but every prayer is gentle, affirming, and drenched in love.
The final part of the book offers information, resources to help on the journey. It is a book that many will find invaluable, the honest words of those who have known the road for themselves, or accompanied others. (Posted on 23/07/2012)
A valuable way of entering into the spiritual world of those affected by dementia Review by Sr. Mary Threadgold RSC Author of Serenity Spirituality Sessions and Founder of Sonas aPc
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Petals of Prayer by Sr. Siobhan. (Posted on 07/07/2011)
Valuable dementia resource for younger people. Review by Pastoral Care Project
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This book offers reflective material and a resource section which could be very valuable to those needing to gain an insight into dementia and spirituality; especially its effect on younger people.

Our good wishes to Sr Siobhan in her ongoing work and ministry.

From
Frances Molloy
Manager, Pastoral Care Project, Registered Charity No. 1094766
(Posted on 06/04/2011)

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