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Books by Michelle O’Rourke

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First Place Winner in the Catholic Press Association 2013 Awards
Embracing the End of Life: Help for Those Who Accompany the Dying
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Over 5,000 copies sold worldwide!
Befriending Death: Henri Nouwen and a Spirituality of Dying
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About Michelle O'Rourke

Michelle has worked as a Registered Nurse for over thirty years, primarily in critical care and emergency. Her thesis for her M.A. (Pastoral Ministry) from Assumption University, Windsor, reflected her interest in spirituality and palliative care. Befriending Death: Henri Nouwen and a Spirituality of Dying (Orbis Books, New York, 2009) has sold over 5,000 copies worldwide. More recently, Michelle collaborated with well known palliative care and grief expert, Eugene Dufour, to publish her second book, Embracing the End of Life: Help for Those Who Accompany the Dying. (Novalis, Toronto, 2012). It is a practical guide filled with inspirational stories, self-reflective questions and conversation starters for understanding end of life issues and discussing death and dying with others. It is valuable for anyone touched by dying and grief, including those involved in health care and ministry.

Michelle O'Rourke While always nursing part-time, Michelle enjoyed 14 years as a lay Pastoral Minister in Chatham (Ontario), and 2 1/2 years with the Diocese of London as a Lay Ecclesial Ministry Specialist, supporting the lay ministers and parish nurses. She currently works in the ER at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance as a Unit Clinical Leader and also coordinates the Foundations in Parish Nursing education program through the Institute of Catholic Formation at St. Peter’s Seminary. (see www.spicf.ca) Michelle has completed advanced palliative care education, and is a frequent speaker and educator in many sectors in the areas of grief, loss, palliative and end of life care, especially as it relates to the wholistic care of body, mind and spirit. She is also involved in initiatives at CKHA regarding Advance Care Planning and Palliative Care in the Emergency Department.

Michelle and her husband Tom have four grown children. She has facilitated numerous retreat days for various groups on various topics, and hosted workshops in Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver and Memphis. She looks forward to sharing her learning on 'befriending death and embracing the end of life'; the link between spirituality and health; and her insights into the works of Henri Nouwen. Michelle is a musician and enjoys gardening, travelling, and spending time with family and friends.

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