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The Rev. Sabrina Gray is director of the Planning Ahead end-of-life ministry and the Rev. Dr. Gloria White-Hammond is co-pastor of Bethel AME Church in Boston. Photos by Angela Rowlings

Ministry on death and dying teaches people how to plan for the end of life

Bethel AME Church in Boston helps members plan for the end of their lives with a three-part program that is practical and spiritual. The ministry is in keeping with the church’s focus on health and wellness.

A walkway at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve in Pennsylvania, which author L. Roger Owens visited, alone and with his family, over the course of a year. Photo by Rachel Handel

L. Roger Owens: Midlife as a time of discovery, not a problem to be solved

Instead of sinking into the feeling of being stuck, a seminary professor set a goal of taking 40 walks to mark his 40th birthday. He then wrote essays about the experience, reflecting on the burdens and the surprises of the middle stage of life.

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