There are times, when I read something so profound I’m really unable to get my head around the right words to write. Such is the case with DEATH IS BUT A DREAM (Avery). It’s a collection of stories of dying patients telling their stories about their impending deaths. Far be it for me to sum up such delicate thoughts and points of views. Dr. Christopher Kerr says this book “arose from the bedsides of patients whose words awed, inspired and enlightened me (Dr. Kerr).”
Here’s a summary: Courtesy: AVERY PenguinRandomHouse
“Christopher Kerr is a hospice doctor. All of his patients die. Yet he has tended to thousands of patients who, in the face of death, speak of love, meaning and grace. They reveal that there is hope beyond cure as they transition to focus on personal meaning. In this extraordinary and beautiful book, Dr. Kerr shares his patients’ stories and his own research pointing to death as not purely the end of life, but as a final passage of humanity and transcendence.
Drawing on interviews with over 1,200 patients and more than a decade of quantified data , Dr. Kerr reveals why pre-death dreams and visions are remarkable events that bring comfort and exemplify human resilience. These are not regular dreams. Described as “more real than real,” they frequently include loved ones long gone and mark the transition from distress to acceptance. These end-of-life experiences help patients restore meaning, make sense of the dying process and assist in reclaiming it as an experience in which they have a say. They also benefit the bereaved who get relief from seeing their loved ones pass with a sense of calm closure.
Beautifully written with astonishing stories, this book, at its heart, celebrates the power to reclaim how we die, while soothing the bereaved who witness their loved ones go with unqualified grace.”
My thought: These are not sad stories, but celebrations of life.
We have one copy to giveaway. Just share your thoughts about death. I believe it shouldn’t be fear guiding us toward our last days, but it’s an incredibly sacred individual experience.
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