Sustaining Persons, Grieving Losses
A Fresh Pastoral Approach for the Challenges of the Dementia Journey
Imprint: Cascade Books
"This is a most timely and significant publication. So much has happened in our understanding of dementia since Tom Kitwood pioneered person-centered care, and Dianne Crowther is a sure guide. Her approach, based upon careful research, is neither overly optimistic nor unduly pessimistic but always positive and practical. Throughout she highlights the situation of the easily forgotten family caregiver and argues cogently for the place of Christian theology and spiritual support in truly multidisciplinary dementia care."
--Albert Jewell, former Pastoral Director, MHA Care Group; Visiting Research Fellow of Glyndwr University
"To this study Dianne Crowther brings both personal and professional experience of being with people who suffer from dementia. She reflects upon her rigorous academic research with theological insight and pastoral sensitivity. This book will provide a major resource for all involved in this important and difficult ministry, but who often feel inadequate to the task. Its wisdom will both enhance pastoral care and lead to greater personal satisfaction on the part of caregivers."
--David Lyall, former Principal of New College, University of Edinburgh
"In this thoughtful and well-written book, Dianne Crowther shares deep insights that help strip away some of the negativity that surrounds dementia and open up fresh vistas of hope and new possibilities. Her frameworks for care and understanding lead us into modes of compassionate wisdom which allow all of us to move beyond caricatures and stereotypes about dementia towards a deeper understanding of the personhood and humanness of those living with this experience. This is an important book that, I hope, will do important work."
--John Swinton, Professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care, School of Divinity, History and Philosophy, King's College, University of Aberdeen