Die Wise

Die Wise

A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul

Book - 2015
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"A potentially life-changing book for anyone wanting to experience grief and death in a more meaningful way. Grounded in the author's experiences with hundreds of dying people and their families, the book advocates a bold engagement with a part of the human experience that is often more endured than lived"-- Provided by publisher.
"Die Wise does not offer seven steps for coping with death. It does not suggest ways to make dying easier. It pours no honey to make the medicine go down. Instead, with lyrical prose, deep wisdom, and stories from his two decades of working with dying people and their families, Stephen Jenkinson places death at the center of the page and asks us to behold it in all its painful beauty. Die Wise teaches the skills of dying, skills that have to be learned in the course of living deeply and well. Die Wise is for those who will fail to live forever. Dying well, Jenkinson writes, is a right and responsibility of everyone. It is a moral, political, and spiritual obligation each person owes their ancestors and their heirs. It is not a lifestyle option. It is a birthright and a debt. Die Wise dreams such a dream, and plots such an uprising. How we die, how we care for dying people, and how we carry our dead: this work makes our village life, or breaks it. Table of Contents The Ordeal of a Managed Death Stealing Meaning from Dying The Tyrant Hope The Quality of Life Yes, But Not Like This The Work So Who Are the Dying to You? Dying Facing Home What Dying Asks of Us All Kids Ah, My Friend the Enemy In the end, Jenkinson's message is not one of despair--he believes learning to love death is in fact one of the most direct ways to love life"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Berkeley, California : North Atlantic Books, [2015]
ISBN: 9781583949733
1583949739
Branch Call Number: 155.937 JENKINS
Characteristics: xiii, 396 pages; 23 cm

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Jul 05, 2016

This is a difficult book to read for two reasons. First, the language is dense and requires our full attention.
More importantly, it challenges everything we believe or think we know, everything our death phobic society tells us is true, about death and dying. If you know someone who died, if you know someone who will die, or if you will die, read this book!

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