Spirituality and Old Age

The spiritual aspects of aging are wrapped up in the search that makes meaning out of life. There comes a time in later years when we have to say "enough" to what we have been doing. We cannot afford to try to hang on to the habits of an active life. If we still try to do things in the old way we will become angry or depressed. Like Prospero, at the end of The Tempest, we have to accept that the time has come to lay down tools and face the choice of either fighting our aging or🔒

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Edward Hoare is a member of Mid-Somerset Monthly Meeting in England. He is co-leader of a Quaker group now compiling a handbook entitled Spirituality in Later Life: Towards a Listening Ministry.

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