Description: Sooner or later every person faces questions about death and whether there is anything beyond it. This little book consists of personal and sometime private letters between three brothers who realize their own lives may soon come to an end. The wisdom they offer is not only for their own families and friends left behind, but for others who have faced the loss of loved ones. Writing from different religious perspectives, the letters are nonetheless spiritual in the way they seek to wrest from a life lived in the face of death some wisdom for one another as well as others who have shared their struggles with life's deepest questions. When he was asked about the essence of his philosophy, Plato reportedly said, ""Practice dying."" These letters take his wisdom to heart in a series of heartfelt exchanges over the course of a year, concluding with each author's request for what his memorial service would be like. Endorsements: ""Kudos to the Morgan brothers for opening the discussion of life after death-not life after almost death As elders and baby-boomers face aging and death, this topic lurks in the back of many minds, but there seems to be a reluctance to open the subject to general scrutiny. In Dear Brothers: Letters Facing Death, Richard, Howard, and John Morgan break through this reluctance. Via honest and heartfelt letters written to one another over the course of a year, each shares his unique understanding and questions about death and life after death. Because the topic is so close to the human heart, this lovely and provocative book provides a way for us all to open discussion of our own beliefs, fears, and hopes of life after death."" -Dr. Jane Marie Thibault University of Louisville School of Medicine Co-author of No Act of Love Is Ever Wasted: Spiritual Care for Persons with Dementia About the Contributor(s): Richard Morgan is an ordained Presbyterian minister and a national leader in spiritual autobiography and issues of aging. He is the author of No Wrinkles on the Soul, Remembering Your Story, and No Act of Love Is Ever Wasted. Howard Morgan was formerly chairman of Chicago Theological Seminary, and currently serves as a director of the Interfaith Youth Core. John Morgan teaches philosophy and ethics at an inner city community college. His most recent books include Daybreak and Eventide: A Little Book of Prayer and Worship for Small Groups, Awakening the Soul, and Thin Places, a book of his poems.
Richard Lyon Morgan is a retired Presbyterian minister and pastoral counselor, now living at Redstone Highlands, North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. In addition to his doctorate in church history, he has a master's degree in counseling from Wake Forest University. A former pastoral counselor with School of Pastoral Care, he has led divorce support groups and counseled many persons, yound and old, going through the process of divorce. Dr. Morgan is divorced and married again with ten grandchildren.
John C. Morgan is a writer who also happens to teach college philosophy and ethics. He lives with his wife, son, three cats, and one dog--sources of support and learning for his stories. He has written many serious books before, but he believes he had the most fun writing this one. He thinks it just may be his best because it took him over sixty years to learn much at all and then to put what he had learned into so few words. The author holds two master's degrees and one doctorate in philosophy and ethics, but insists he learned mostly from staying awake and reflecting on life.