The Grace in Dying: How We Are Transformed Spiritually As We Die

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Prevailing Western tradition sees death as an enemy to be fought and overcome. Therefore, we tend to fear death, not wanting to face or understand it until we are forced by circumstance to do so. In this remarkable book Kathleen Dowling Singh offers us a rich and rewarding path to understanding the process of dying. She helps us to see death as safe and natural - a stage of enlightenment, of finally coming home to our true self. Examining the end of life in the light of current psychological understanding, religious wisdom and compassionate medical science, she offers a fresh, deeply comforting message of hope and courage as we contemplate the meaning of our morality. With profound insight, she balances expert analysis with moving accounts drawn from her experience working with hundreds of dying patients at a large hospice. Written for those aware that their life is coming to an end, those who care for the dying and, ultimately, for all of us who inevitably face our own death and the deaths of the people we love, 'The Grace in Dying' reveals that dying is the most transforming, powerful and spiritually enriching of life's experiences. 'This splendid book is caressed by wisdom and compassion. It brings immense hope and meaning to life's final chapter.' Larry Dossey, M.D. author of 'Healing Words' 'This book takes us on a journey, inviting us to acknowledge death, explore it, live it and be transformed through it. A valuable and thought-provoking contribution to the growing literature on death and dying.' Anne Hayes, Our Lady's Hospice, Dublin.

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A moving illumination of the final transition of our lives.

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"Kathleen Dowling Singh opens our eyes to the spiritual aspects of dying, as Sherwin Nuland and Elisabeth K?bler-Ross did for the physical and psychological. Her message...can offer reassurance throughout life."-- Steven A. Schroeder, M.D., president, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation"The new K?bler-Ross has arrived, and her name is Kathleen Singh. In a stunning debut, she has written, quite simply, the most important book on the nature of dying since "On Death and Dying. The Grace in Dying gives us new eyes with which to view death, and no one who reads Singh's work can come away from it without sharing her radiant vision. The book is a flat-out masterpiece."-- Kenneth Ring, Ph.D., author of "Heading Toward Omega and "Lessons From the Light"This splendid book is caressed by wisdom and compassion. It brings immense hope and meaning to life's final chapter."-- Larry Dossey, M.D., author of "Be Careful What You Pray For and "Healing Words"A profound and moving--and much needed--book."-- Ken Wilber, author of "Grace and Grit and "A Brief History of Everything"A profound and rich contribution with new and needed information."-- Sukie Miller, Ph.D., author of "After Death: Mapping the Journey"Kathleen Singh has written a stunningly powerful book. Her account of what happens to us as we are dying elucidates not only the spiritual character of the death process but also the underlying unity of life and death. Singh helps us understand what it means to die."-- Michael Washburn, professor of philosophy, Indiana University, South Bend; author of "The Ego and the Dynamic Ground and "Transpersonal Psychology in Psychoanalytic Perspective"Must reading! A very powerful and gentle antidote to thefear of dying both in ourselves and our loved ones."-- Seymour Boorstein, M.D., author of "Clinical Studies in Transpersonal Psychology and associate clinical professor of psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine"Death is a wise but harsh teacher. It is easier to learn the lessons by educating yourself. Read and learn."-- Dr. Bernie S. Siegel, M.D., author of "Love, Medicine, and Miracles"As a physician who has spent many years present with women at the moment of birth, I have often found myself moved to tears by the sacredness of this moment, when we emerge into physical life. As I read through the pages of "The Grace in Dying, I found myself moved by the realization that the process of dying is the same in many ways as the process of giving birth, and that the same sacred energy that is so palpable in the delivery room will also be there for each of us at the moment of our death. There is great comfort in this remarkable book."-- Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of "Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom"Kathleen Dowling Singh writes powerfully with penetrating understanding and compelling insights that unlock the hearts of those who climb through the tortuous tragedy of dying to recovering, growth, and grace."Rabbi Earl A. Grollman, D.H.L., D.D., author of "Living When a Loved One Has Died and "Caring and Coping When Your Loved One is Seriously Ill"Medicine today has great skill in its ability to postpone death, it is developing skill in the care of the body during that time, but it has almost no skill in the care of the soul. Kathleen Dowling Singh has now made an enormous and timely contribution by setting out a psycho-spiritual path toward transcendencethat might well be used in the care of the soul by counselors and other midwives to the dying."-- Marilyn Webb, author of "The Good Death: The New American Search to Reshape the End of Life"A rich weave of truths and sublime beauty."-- Joan Halifax, founder, Upaya"As I read through the pages of "The Grace in Dying," I found myself movedby the realization that the process of dying is the same in many ways as theprocess of giving birth, and that the same sacred energy that is so palpable inthe delivery room will also be there for each of us at the moment of our death.There is great comfort in this remarkable book." -- Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of "Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom"

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