The Divine Art of Dying (Paperback)

How to Live Well While Dying

By Karen Speerstra, Herbert Anderson

Divine Arts, 9781611250237, 268pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2014

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The Divine Art of Dying looks at the unique moment when a person turns toward death and examines what the dying person and their caregivers can expect. Based on the author's own current experience, it's about how we might die well and live well up to the very end of our physical existence. Combining personal stories with solid research on palliative and hospice care, this book identifies the decisions the dying one and his or her loved ones and friends must make. Unlike other books on dying, The Divine Art of Dying takes a broader approach than just a medical one. It is not a "case book" but rather a well integrated look at the divine art of living and dying to the fullest, that includes spiritual insights from many sources along with references from literature, movies, and current culture.
Karen Speerstra is an award-winning author. Her previous Divine Arts title Sophia: The Feminine Face of God (ISBN: 978-1611250046) won the 2013 Nautilus gold award. Written in a very readable style, The Divine Art Of Dying addresses real and common fears and the challenges of letting go and handing over a life. The book introduces new concepts to the body of writing on death and dying.
It explains the medical complexities of end-of-life choices and gives helpful advice to caregivers to the dying in every chapter.
and authentically chronicles the author's own dying process.
Foreword by author and internationally recognized authority on hospice and palliative care Dr. Ira Byock.

About the Author

Karen Speerstra was a writer, editor, and the author of ten books, including the Nautilus gold medal winner, "Sophia: the Feminine Face of God." She died in 2013 shortly after completing the manuscript for "The Divine Art of Dying."

Herbert Anderson has been a pastor, a seminary professor, and a hospital chaplain and is the author or coauthor of numerous books and articles on death and grief, family living, pastoral care, ritual and stories, and spirituality. He lives in Sonoma, CA.

Dr. Ira Byock is one of the foremost palliative-care physicians in the country and an expert in end of life decisions. His book "Dying Well" has sold over 50,000 copies. He served as the president of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and is currently the director of Palliative Medicine at Dartmouth- Hitchcock Medical Center. He lives in Enfield, NH.

Praise For The Divine Art of Dying: How to Live Well While Dying

"Those who are gifted with time for living while dying have an amazing opportunity for quality conversations, joyous gift-giving, and deepening friendships as we love and are loved. We want this to be a book to inspire, to help and to offer courage to others who can intentionally choose, as Karen did, for our final passage to be as rich and as fulfilling as possible. Living while dying is our final human act it's not a medical craft, but a Divine Art." from the book