From Dark Night to Gentle Surrender
On the Ethics and Spirituality of Hospice Care
Distributed for University of Scranton Press
Drawing from her many years of experience as a hospice nurse and her training as a theologian, Patricia Kobielus Thompson offers in The Dark Night of the Soul instruction to those providing care for terminally ill patients. Thompson finds in the poetry and other writings of Spanish mystic Saint John of the Cross a wisdom that she argues will assist caregivers in comforting their patients through the trying times just before death. Though much has been written on Saint John of the Cross, Thompson’s application of these works is wholly new and rooted in deep empathy.
“Within one book we find both a scholarly overview of the evolution of hospice care and a spirituality sufficiently deep to nourish both practitioner and patient. The author deftly manages that difficult feat: informing and inspiring her readers. From Dark Night to Gentle Surrender is a gift that deserves to be passed on and on and on.”