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Table Of Contents

Prologue
Introduction
What Is It All About?
Death and Dying Lessons For Life Enhancement
Each Day A New Beginning
Tales of Dying and Death
Jack’s Story I
Jack’s Story II
Ben’s Story
Joe’s Story
Edward’s Story
Edward’s Last Letter To Al
Yetta’s Story
Al’s Story
Barbara’s Eulogy To Al
Louis’s Story
Paula’s and Louis’s Story I
Paula’s and Louis’s Story II
Ana’s Story
Ana’s & Ben’s Story
Paula’s and Gloria’s Story
Gloria’s Story
Mike’s Story
Jake’s Story
Les’s Story
Ben’s and Beatrice’s Story
Iwona’s Story
Steve’s Story
Char’s Story
Barry’s Story
Alejandro’s and Louis’s Story
Paula E’s Story
Voices From The Grave Story
Paul Newman’s Story
Love’s Story
Earth’s Story
Dying, Death and Consciousness
My Death and Dying Class
Planting Seeds
A Course Evaluation
Lesson From Another Class
Practices To Live Our Dying
To Rebel Against Being Among The Living Dead
Beyond Fear
Cry A River
Gratitude
Valuing Our Time
Ethical Will
Transition
Loving Kindness
Take In The Beauty
A Life Filled Body
At The Source
Healing
A Final Gift
Dying, Death and Enlightenment
A Closing Is Not An Ending
Living Life As A Stairway to Heaven
Epilogue
Acknowledgements
About the Author
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Encountering Life's Endings

Encountering Life's Endings

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louis7s_1 reviewed this
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If you wish to live well, practice dying. Death and dying are universal human experiences. All that lives is transitory and will depart this life including our loved ones as well as ourselves. “Encountering Life’s Endings,” my recently published book, encompasses practical, psychological, philosophical, cultural and spiritual aspects of death and dying viewed through the prism of the passing of my mother (94), father (89), brothers Al (69), Joe (46), Eddie (44), numerous friends and colleagues, as well as the highly acclaimed course on the subject of life’s endings that I teach. (In the Columbia College Chicago student grapevine, the rap on my course is: “You must take it, for it will change your life.”) Interspersed throughout the book are the thoughts and insights of leading figures in the field of thanatology as well as diverse and illuminating teachings by eastern and western thinkers and spiritual teachers, ranging from Stanley Keleman to Thich Nhat Hanh. Readers are also provided with meditations and visualizations that serve to lessen the pain and suffering associated with death and dying, thereby enhancing the possibility of experiencing the last stages of our lives as a final gift to self and others. Other types of life’s endings are also faced and dealt with in my book. For example, love’s passing; allowing parts of ourselves that serve to deaden our lives to “die” in order to live life more fully; birth as a form of dying to allow life to emerge; the casting off of normality to attain sanity; and living life as a stairway to heaven.Written largely in the form of a memoir, the telling of life stories, hearts will open, emitting compassion for all sentient beings, and minds engaged, resulting in the deepening of how we think about, approach and experience the ebb and flow of our lives. And in the end, when all is said and done, you will be left with a reaffirmation of life.
paulaic reviewed this
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Moving and unforgettable. There is no other way to describe words that are so deeply etched into my mind and heart, reminding me that it takes both rain and sunshine to make a rainbow called a life. "If you wish to live well, practice dying. Death and dying are universal human experiences. All that lives is transitory and will depart this life including our loved ones as well as ourselves." Serving as the centerpiece of this extraordinary book, we are reminded that just to be alive is a blessing and to live each day as if it were our last. Viewed through the prism of the death of his mother, father and brothers, leaving him as the last surviving member of his birth family, he draws on this reality along with what he has learned from teaching a course on death and dying as well as the teachings of sages from eastern and western traditions to take the reader on a journey into a world of experience that is constantly being transformed where life and death are manifestations of a ever changing reality, deepening how we think about, approach and experience the ebb and flow of our lives. To my pleasant surprise, other types of life's endings are also dealt with in this book: Love's passing; allowing parts of ourselves that serve to deaden our lives to "die" in order to live life more fully; birth as a form of dying to allow life to emerge; letting go of pain in order to experience pleasure; the casting off of normality to attain sanity; and living life as a stairway to heaven. I recommend this book very highly to the living as well as to the dying.
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