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Die Wise - A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul

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Die?áWise?ádoes not offer seven steps for coping with death. It does not suggest ways to make?ádying?áeasier. 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?ádying?ápeople and their families, Stephen?áJenkinson?áplaces death at the center of the page and asks us to behold it in all its painful beauty. ?áDie?áWise?áteaches the skills of?ádying, skills that have to be learned in the course of living deeply and well.?áDie?áWise?áis for those who will fail to live forever.

Dying?áwell,?áJenkinson?áwrites, is a right and responsibility of everyone.?áIt is not a lifestyle option.?áIt is a moral, political, and spiritual obligation each person owes their ancestors and their heirs.?áDie?áWise?ádreams such a dream, and plots such an uprising.?áHow we?ádie, how we care for?ádying?ápeople, and how we carry our dead: this work makes?áour capacity for?áa village-mindedness, 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??á
Dying Facing Home
What Dying Asks of Us All
Kids
Ah, My Friend the Enemy
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