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Supportive Care Books
Now available! After We're Gone
Supportive Care in the Congregation
Revised 2011 Edition
“What will happen to our child after we’re gone?” “Who will provide spiritual and emotional support?” Such questions trouble many parents of persons who live with significant disabilities.
This book proposes a plan to address long-term care needs within local church congregations through the forming of Supportive Care groups to surround individuals with disabilities and their families. The 2011 edition is completely revised and updated for contemporary circumstances, with several new chapters by the staff of Anabaptist Disabilities Network.
"A Supportive Care group in a congregation, committed to both immediate crises and the long haul, has the capacity to preach and teach about the grace and love of God."
Bill Gaventa, M.Div. (from the Foreword)
"An intentional network of Supportive Care that surrounds a family stuck in the mud of disability-related crises can be the strong arm that the family desperately needs. Such care embodies God’s love for us where we need it most. These small—and sometimes large—gifts of grace enable us to receive and acknowledge God’s gracious acts, so that we may be welcomed into the community of those saved by God’s grace." Read a longer excerpt.
Christine J. Guth (from the preface)
Click on links in the left column for pages describing the Supportive Care model in more detail.
After We’re Gone
By Duane Ruth-Heffelbower
Caring for an adult who is dependent due to a significant disability is a major responsibility. Making provisions for that person's physical, emotional, and financial well-being after the death of the caregiver can be complex and confusing. After We're Gone introduces options and resources for the Christian family and faith community as they interact with the legal system to make provisions for the ongoing care of loved ones with disabilities.
"This book is an extended hand, reaching out to those who are worried or frustrated to offer encouragement, support, and hope."
Wilfred Martens, PhD,
Believing, Belonging, Becoming: Stories of Faith Inclusion
For a preview of new material in Supportive Care in the Congregation, click on the navigation links in the left column.