To me this is one of those book. What it is about? About dying......
I have tried to put into words what this book says, what this book did to me.... but I can't. I can not find words or a description that would fully justify the impact of this book. It sent booming echoes through the valleys of my mental landscape.
Much of it makes sense, much does not. At least not yet. I will have to let this sink in, think about it.... A lot!! And probably reread it one or two times. But it is having an immediate effect on me.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book, even though the level of English used might be hard for those, whose native tongue is not English.
Read it again and let its wisdom seep into your mind and soul.....
A general description one finds in the internet on the book is or sounds like the following;
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 not a lifestyle option. It is a moral, political, and spiritual obligation each person owes their ancestors and their heirs. 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 capacity for a village-mindedness, or breaks it.