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Gentle Keeping

Gentle Keeping

Prayers and Services for Remembering Departed Loved Ones Throughout the Year 

Author: Mauryeen O'Brien, O.P.

Price: $7.95

Format: Paperback

Pages: 128

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 978-1-59471-130-5

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

On-sale date: March 1, 2008

More Bereavement, Death and Dying


At last a book of simple prayers and prayer services for those who mourn that is intended for use at the dining room table or on the living room couch. Author and bereavement ministry leader Mauryeen O'Brien offers grieving loved ones words for remembering those who have died. Designed for use in the home with family and friends, Gentle Keeping offers comfort for the grieving and gentle guidance on leading prayer. With prayers for particular people and special occasions, these twenty-eight simple prayers and twenty-five prayer services sustain those who mourn through the ordinary and not-so-ordinary days of the year.



"This beautiful book of prayer and ritual is a template for embracing grief, and more. Mauryeen creates a sacred space for memories that becomes a doorway to healing and hope. "

Paula D'Arcy, Author of Gift of the Red Bird
and When People Grieve

"Her gifts of prayers will lead you."

"Sr. Mauryeen has lived a life of hope that included many interruptions by loss. Her gifts of prayers will meet you and lead you to the healing of remembrance, hope, and life."

Richard B. Gilbert, Author of
Finding Your Way After the Death of a Parent

"A masterpiece."

"A masterpiece for facilitating holistic grieving by weaving the key spiritual elements of prayer and ritual into an ornate tapestry. This book is a must-have for people of all ages and backgrounds who have experienced loss through death."

Steven L. Jeffers, Director
Institute for Spirituality in Health
Shawnee Mission Medical Center