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Laced With Grace

“I realized that avoiding death, so common in American culture, would not stop it. Instead, taking the time to thoughtfully and actively participate in her transition helped me join her in that state of grace she taught me so much about.”

Tags: Death Pets Grief
Christopher Kerr

Death Is But a Dream: Finding Hope and Meaning at Life's End

In his book Death Is But a Dream: Finding Hope and Meaning at Life’s End, hospice doctor Christopher Kerr offers a glimpse into what happens at the end of life. “What the dying fear most is not death but the loss of a life they can recognize as their own. Ultimately, to die well is to humanize dying from an irredeemably grim reality to an experience which may also be rich in meaning and love.”

Tags: Book Reviews Death Life Purpose
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Reconciling Faith and Science

I found an email address for Philip through his publisher and wrote a long query asking him how a doctor who believes in God but also knows facts about certain diseases can honestly tell a terminal patient to have faith and believe and not give up. How can I pray for my patients when I already know how God is going to answer?”

Tags: Death Science Faith

Music Review: Into the Silence

Into the SilenceAvishai CohenECMMusic can be motivated by new beginnings and inspirational experiences. Music is also an ideal language for expressing loss. The tender jazz tunes o…
Tags: Music Death Loss

Music Review: Ritual

RitualPeter Kater and R. Carlos NakaiMysterium Music Rituals are about presence, intention, and creating sacred space. Rituals also are brought to life through a process of play a…
Tags: Music Reviews Rituals

Book Review: The Grace in Aging

The Grace in AgingAwaken as You Grow OlderBy Kathleen Dowling SinghWisdom Publications The Grace in Aging, by renowned Buddhist teacher Kathleen Dowling Singh, establishes guidepo…
Tags: Death Aging

The Breath of Life and Death

“These heart-stopping moments lasted a few months. Although only given a few weeks to live, he endured incredible pain, suffering, and even hung onto the slightest bit of hope, because he wanted to see me walk across that stage to receive my diploma.”

Tags: Breathwork Family Death

Happier Endings

A Meditation on Life and DeathBy Erica BrownSIMON & SCHUSTERWith sensitivity, humor, and unflinching honesty, writer and educator Erica Brown explores how fear and denial …
Tags: Book Reviews Meditation Death

Going Out Green

One Man’s Adventure Planning His Own Natural BurialOld Arctic Inuit hunters could supposedly sit for days, harpoon poised and ready to strike, just staring at a hole on an otherwis…
Tags: Organic Sustainability Death

Paranormal

By Raymond Moody and Paul PerryParanormal: My Life in Pursuit of the Afterlife is the riveting behind-the-scenes story of Dr. Raymond Moody’s lifelong search for an answer to what …
Tags: Conscious Living Death

Enjoy Every Sandwich

Enjoy Every Sandwich: Living Each Day as If It Were Your LastBy Lee LipsenthalCrown Archetype“We all die. This is the nature of life. At some point, life ends, but this book i…
Tags: Death Joy

Practicing Death

Marti was a bright, optimistic, attractive 40-year-old woman when she first entered a support group for cancer patients that I facilitated at the Center for Attitudinal Healing in …
Tags: Death Shamanism
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The Holy Family

The holy-days are a special time for children (and adults), in part because of the promise of toys, but also in part because of the rituals we participate in at this time of year—s…
Tags: Children Holidays Rituals