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Being with Dying

Written by: Joan Halifax,Ira Byock MD - foreword
Narrated by: Claire Slemmer
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The Buddhist approach to death can be of great benefit to people of all backgrounds - as has been demonstrated time and again in Joan Halifax's decades of work with the dying and their caregivers. Inspired by traditional Buddhist teachings, her work is a source of wisdom for all those who are charged with a dying person's care, facing their own death, or wishing to explore and contemplate the transformative power of the dying process. Her teachings affirm that we can open and contact our inner strength, and that we can help others who are suffering to do the same.

©2008 Joan Halifax (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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essential read for anyone goig through grief, dying, or painful experiences in general. i would recommend to everyone. i feel this would be particularly useful for anyone in the care industry, including birth and death doulas.

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Better living through thinking about death

This book helped me through a difficult period, and is preparing me for the next.

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  • D. Chin
  • 2016-09-15

Tender and honest perspective

I'm caring for a loved one with a terminal illness and turned to this book for help. I am well acquainted with Buddhist thought, but you do not have to be to reap the benefits of this book. I have been comforted, validated, and informed. Mostly I realize how little any of us knows about death and I can accept that in peace. I also realize that sometimes when I feel I should be doing more, simply bearing witness is all there is to do. May this book bring comfort to others.

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  • Haley Keim
  • 2020-01-27

A critical tool for the death experience

I recently listened and used this book in a loved one’s death and it was invaluable. Read this for both your growth as an individual and for the challenge of caring for a dying individual. Highly recommend.

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  • Anthony M.
  • 2021-09-13

Fear of Death

I go back and forth with a slight fear of death; however, after listening to this book, I can better deal with the thought of actually dying one day. As if it might not happen right: I know death is natural, and I know it happens. Being with Dying will help guide you through the process while you are still alive and breathing. .

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  • Jenn Greene
  • 2018-06-10

deathwork to improve life

Excellent book to understand life as well as death. Buddhist perspective but not too esoteric. Inspiring quotes and comforting guidance to help at the bedside of a dying loved one.

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  • David Phinney
  • 2023-08-14

Powerful and accessible.

There isn’t a more important topic than how we engage with our deaths, thus how we live our lives. She has written a beautiful and more importantly, useful book on how to be with ourselves and others as we recognize our future or imminent mortality.

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  • Rebecca M. Grant
  • 2023-02-16

Being with Dying

Not a story per say, but many accounts of the author's experiences with the terminally ill. An excellent sharing of what it is truly like at the end of one's life and actually beyond that. This is an important book as we all must face or even be excited about what lies beyond this existence. This book covers what comes next for us, not at all frightening but actually comforting and very informative. Everyone should include this book in the must read category.

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  • Ryan Smith
  • 2022-06-18

Transformative

I may not know how long I have but I know that I have rediscovered life through this book.

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  • Christopher F. Wilson
  • 2022-01-09

Masterpiece in Death and Dying

Like the advice about approaching with a beginners mind, bearing witness, and providing active compassion. Works with those actively dying, and those not so near death. Also helpful in dealing with one’s self. Simple, but not easy. Very good discussion of hospice practice, issues that arise, practical examples, pitfalls, insights. Lots of sharing from a Dalai Lama level US Buddhist about her path and how she came to specialize in helping people (including families friends and caregivers) in dealing with often arduous and traumatic end of life scenarios. Sorry to say death and dying are not well appreciated in the US these days. Thankfully Joan Halifax does a nice job reviewing practices over time as well as in other cultures to explain best approaches to caregiving, death and dying.

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  • Caitlin R. Bilancia
  • 2021-11-24

Acceptable

An arduous journey through dealing with dying. A great spiritual look at the preparation both mentally and emotionally processing grief and accepting death as part of life.

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  • Alena Amato Ruggerio
  • 2021-07-13

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I'm not a Buddhist, but I appreciate some of their philosophy and practice. I found this book too detached and abstract, however, which is also the side of Buddhism with which I do not resonate.

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