ost of us try to avoid thinking about death—until the moment we
come face to face with it. But when we have the courage to accept our inevitable mortality—and even to contemplate it actively, as a
spiritual practice—we open the door to living fully, joyfully, and in complete presence. Living Fully, Dying Well is an investigation into the challenge each of us faces: to embrace all of life from the beginning to the end.
When death approaches, many of us undergo a profound transformation— we let go of old distractions and focus with new clarity on what gives our life meaning. Yet we can invite these profound “deathbed revelations” at any point in our lives by engaging in an honest inquiry into our own mortality. Living Fully, Dying Well provides a doorway to begin your own exploration of the mysteries of death—from the cultural myths about dying, to the personal fears we all share, to the question of what becomes of us beyond this life.
Living Fully, Dying Well unfolds as a dialogue between spiritual leaders and medical healers, each of whom brings a unique perspective to the universal human experience of death. These luminaries off er their stories, their insights, and their most valuable practices—all to transform death from a source of fear to an opportunity.
The second part of the book is an independent collection of resources, including guided meditations, life-review practices, affirmations, and reflections. According to the editor, “we wanted to illustrate how combining these perspectives on dying might enable us to live with more vitality and compassion, while also imparting wisdom to help our family, friends, and colleagues go on without us.”