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Herald Press releases “After We’re Gone”


Mennonite Church Canada/MennoMedia joint release
August 5, 2011
-Steve Shenk

WATERLOO, Ont. and HARRISONBURG, Va.—People with disabilities are often cared for by their parents. So what happens when the parents grow old and die? 

Now there is a 61-page book—or handbook—to help parents plan for the day when they are no longer around to care for their adult children with disabilities. It was released jointly in June by Herald Press and Anabaptist Disabilities Network.

The book is titled After We’re Gone: A Christian Perspective on Estate and Life Planning for Families that Include a Dependent Member with a Disability.

Author Duane Ruth-Heffelbower, a California attorney with a seminary degree, is currently director of the Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies at Fresno Pacific University.

After We’re Gone introduces options and resources for the Christian family and faith community as they interact with the legal system to make provisions for the ongoing care of loved ones with disabilities,” said Paul Leichty, who was executive director of Anabaptist Disabilities Network when the book project was undertaken.

The book is actually a thoroughly revised version of the 1987 edition and includes updated case studies and resources.

A companion book, Supportive Care in the Congregation, also revised this year, addresses the faith community’s interaction with the social service system as well as the fabric of the larger community surrounding the family and congregation.

“Caring for an adult who is dependent due to a significant disability is a major responsibility,” said Leichty. “Making provisions for that person’s physical, emotional, and financial well-being after the death of the caregiver can be complex and confusing”

After We’re Gone is available from Herald Press by calling 1-800-631-6535 (Canada) or 1-800-245-7894 (U.S.). Price: $10.00 CAD/$8.99 USD.

Herald Press is the book imprint of MennoMedia, a ministry of Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada.