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"In this disarmingly forthright and often funny book, Dana Trent reminds her readers that we’re all terminal, and we’ll all ride the grief train sooner or later--so why not start the conversation now?" ―Barbara Brown Taylor, author of An Altar in the World

What if we embraced death as a meaningful destination on the journey, rather than a dreaded landmark? How would that change the way we think about death, dying and grief ... and how we live, now?    

In the year she served as a chaplain in a hospital “death ward,” Dana Trent accompanied more than 200 people — and their families — on their passage from life to death. Dessert First gathers those stories and lessons, as well as others learned from the year she spent with her own dying mom, to illuminate the complexity of death and grief, and how we all might better prepare for a “good death.” Dessert First is a deeply personal, touching, and sometimes even humorous look at death and dying, and the ways we cope and create meaning for the inevitable end of life. Final chapters include religious, spiritual, practical, and legal resources for the reader and their loved ones.

Also available in 5-book and 10-book kits for group study and discussion. 

Limited Time Offer: Buy 20 or more copies of Dessert First and get a free video call with author Dana Trent for your group. (You'll receive an email within several days of purchase with more details.)

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