Perfect Endings: A Conscious Approach to Dying and Death

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, Apr 1, 1998 - Family & Relationships - 176 pages
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Written with lucidity and compassionate understanding, Perfect Endings shows how the death experience is an expansion into a wider dimension of our core being. As we move through our dying process, all the strength and wisdom we have gained in a lifetime is called forth. This is a time of quickening in which the final stages of living work themselves out as we step into our death and what lies beyond. No matter how it appears, it is, in fact, our finest hour--our perfect ending. Robert Sachs explains how he uses the Tibetan practice of phowa, or conscious dying, to aid this process in his own counseling practice.

Written as a series of stories that allow us to be privy to the inner workings of the dying process of individuals with whom Sachs worked as a professional hospice counselor, each case illustrates a particular aspect of the transformative process that led each person to his or her own interior landscape. Journeying in tandem with these souls, Sachs presents different solutions to the task of letting go of life and provides valuable guidance for caregivers, family members, and those who are facing death themselves.
 

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Contents

My Father
13
Pain As the Path
48
Living in Radiance
72
Not the Same Person Anymore
84
Time and Timing A Case of Auspicious Coincidence
113
Practical Matters
145
Moments of Imminence
155
References
162
Resources
163
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Robert Sachs is a member of Sogyal Rinpoche's Spiritual Dying Network in addition to being a Licensed Independent Social Worker and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. He is the author of The Complete Guide to Nine Star Ki, Health for Life: Secrets of Tibetan Ayurveda, and Rebirth into Pure Land. He lives in California.

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