This book examines the spiritual issues facing terminally ill patients and their families. Each chapter introduces the reader to a person with a spiritual issue that needs immediate attention.
Peaceful Journey opens with with the story of an 85-year-old African-American woman who wonders if God hears her prayers. Other chapters explore loneliness and isolation, the dignity and value of every human being, honest and openness, patience and persistence, why pain and suffering exist, the actual death of a person and the soul's journey, and the importance of dreams, visions, and other end-of-life phenomena.
Matthew P. Binkewicz is a graduate of Hamilton College, Christ the Savior Russian Orthodox Seminary, and the Catholic University of America. He began working with the terminally ill in 1991 when he was a graduate student. After his ordination to the priesthood in 1994, he began to provide spiritual care for his parishoners as well as hospice patients. He is now a Pastoral Care Coordinator and Bereavement Coordinator at Hospice of the Finger Lakes.