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



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Karen Speerstra and Herbert Anderson
Publication Date
September 1, 2014
6 x 9 inches
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A compassionate and empowering guide to end-of-life decisions

The Divine Art of Dying explores the unique moment when seriously ill people choose to turn toward death. Combining personal stories with solid research on palliative and hospice care, it provides a well-integrated look at the spiritual dimensions of living fully when death is near. Filled with insights from the world’s great wisdom traditions along with references from literature, movies, and current culture, it helps identify the life decisions the dying one and his or her loved ones must make, and what their caregivers can expect.



About the author

Karen Speerstra was a writer, editor, and the author of ten books. She died 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.



“A profound and practical guide to the art of living well while dying and of helping others do the same. Both authors are compassionate and skillful guides into another country.”
— Mary Pipher, author of Another Country and The Green Boat


“Fortunately, one can now take life’s final exam with an open book and the answer to mortality’s question can be found within the pages of The Divine Art of Dying. How then shall we live? Fully. Intentionally. Attentively. Lovingly.”
— Ira Byock, MD, bestselling author of Dying Well: Peace and Possibilities at the End of Life


“A magnificent achievement. The Divine Art of Dying is a moving and inspiring book about taking control of your life as it starts to come to a close.”
— Will Schwalbe, author of the New York Times–bestselling The End of Your Life Book Club