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The Pat Conroy Literary Center’s Visiting Writers Series welcomes Kerry Egan, hospice chaplain and author of On Living, in a an event at Grace Chapel AME Church, Beaufort, SC.  This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale and autographing at the event thanks to NeverMore Books.

Donations welcome in support of Grace Chapel and the Conroy Center.

People are meaning-making creatures. We crave meaning, seeking it out in the events of our lives and creating it in the stories we tell. This seeking for meaning is also the hallmark of the spiritual life. But while meaning making is second nature to us, it is not always easy to write realistically, movingly, and responsibly about the spiritual life. Come join us for an instructive discussion about writing and the spiritual life.

Featured on the PBS Newshour and NPR’s Fresh Air, Kerry Egan’s On Living has been named a Best Book of 2016 by Real Simple and Southern Living. Each of Egan’s her patients taught her something—how to find courage in the face of fear or the strength to make amends; how to be profoundly compassionate and fiercely empathetic; how to see the world in grays instead of black and white. In On Living, she passes along all their precious and necessary gifts.

“Illuminating, unflinching and ultimately inspiring, [On Living] presents “the spiritual work of dying” as a profound process with undeniable elements of beauty. A book to treasure.”—People Magazine

“Egan masters the art of imparting critical life advice without coming off as preachy—a difficult feat…Egan’s empathetic tone is a comfort for both the healthy and the dying—whom, she opines, are not polar opposites…As the title suggests, this is not just a book about dying. It’s one that will inspire readers to make the most of every day.”—Publishers Weekly

“Funny, honest, and self-deprecating…On Living adds to the understanding of end-of-life issues in an important and accessible way…If there is one thing death teaches us, it’s how to live.”—New York Times Book Review

“[Egan’s] anecdotes are often thought-provoking combinations of sublime humor and tragic pathos… A moving, heartfelt account of a hospice veteran.”—Kirkus Reviews

Website: Grace Chapel AME Church Facebook Page

About our instructor:

Kerry EganThe author of On Living, Kerry Egan is a hospice chaplain and a graduate of Harvard Divinity School. Her hospice work has been featured on PBS and CNN, and her essays have appeared in Parents, American Baby, Reader’s Digest, and CNN.com, where they have been read more than two million times. She and her family live in Columbia, South Carolina.

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