Luther, Linck, and Later Lutherans on Pastoral Care to the Sick and Dying
In the Christian tradition, pastoral care to the dying has a long history. This tradition encompasses the medieval literary genre of self-help books known as the ars moriendi, or "œart of dying." Martin Luther contributed to this genre with his Sermon on Preparing to Die (1519); dozens of Lutheran pastors, among them Wenzeslaus Linck in Nuremberg and Martin Moller in GÃ¶rlitz, followed in his footsteps. All of them offered spiritual comfort to the dying in ways that addressed contemporary concerns. The recently-published The Divine Art of Dying (2014) by Karen Speerstra and Herbert Anderson heralds a long-overdue renaissance of this genre.
Reinis, Austra. Luther, Linck, and Later Lutherans on Pastoral Care to the Sick and Dying." Journal of Lutheran Ethics, April 1, 2015."