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Graceful Passages: A Companion for Living and Dying (Wisdom of the World) Hardcover – June 1, 2006
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— Steve Simon, producer of the major motion picture What Dreams May Come
A moving, heart-opening piece of work addressing psychological and spiritual issues that every human being needs to open to in their development.”
— Gay Hendricks, PhD, author of Conscious Living
How wonderfully welcome to my ears and soul! The music is truly beautiful and extraordinarily moving — it provokes a soft open heart.”
— Joan Halifax, founder and director of the Upaya Institute
Deeply moving. Touches the soul and makes contact with the universal. Should be in everyone’s CD library.”
— Harville Hendrix, PhD, author of Getting the Love You Want
Graceful Passages, recognizing the movement from life to death as a period of rich and sacred transformation, accompanies that spiritual grounding with wisdom and compassion.”
— Kathleen Dowling Singh, PhD, author of The Grace in Dying: How We Are Transformed Spiritually As We Die
Top Customer Reviews
For myself as a professional caregiver, this selection of words, music, and printed pages continually stirs my heart. The package includes a book that features text from several wisdom and faith traditions. The text is read with accompanying beautiful - indeed, haunting - music on CD1. The second CD has just the instrumentation. These CDs are masterfully produced: the music, the readings, the production itself. No sacrifice was made in quality or in meaning.
MIchael Stillwater and Gary Malkin have done an enormous service in preparing this deeply human and humane collection of words and music. It is well worth the money spent on it.
I have had the privilege of hearing Michael speak twice at seminars for the health care system of which I am part. He has an amazing sense of intuition about what will speak to people and what touches them. On both occasions, staff spoke of his giftedness and blessing to each of us.
It should be noted that there are numerous traditions represented on the CD, as well as styles of music. While I consider myself a fairly inclusive person, I initially found myself really wanting to hear readings from traditions more familiar to myself (just being honest here). But, as I listened, I began to take increasing levels of comfort from these other Wisdoms. Indeed, they were quite rich in their meaning. I can see though, that someone at the time of life's end might not want to be "dipping their feet into new waters.Read more ›
For those grieving, or helping someone prepare for death, the chapters and messages are short enough to absorb, deep enough to feel real. The newer edition has a second CD of music only--a nice alternative for times when you want to be immersed in the gentle sounds without having to pay attention to the words--and the words do require attention.
I bought an extra copy knowing I would want to share it with others, and already have need of it. I can't think of a better gift for anyone who is facing one's own death or the death of a loved one, or trying to find ways to fully appreciate one's own life after the loss of a partner or parent.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I gave one as a gift to a friend who recently lost a longtime companion and she loved it. I also bought one for myself and I'm very pleased. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Scooby Doo
When I got my diagnosis of cancer, I immediately connected it with the possibility of death. I don't think that's unreasonable. Read morePublished 2 months ago by kthaw
oh yes, here is another book, unfortunately, I have bought by the dozens! The reason I say unfortunately is just that I have had too many friends pass away in the past five years. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Patty DeDominic
I strongly recommend this for anyone experiencing the end of life for themselves and families and friends. Read morePublished 6 months ago by D. Ruelas
A compassionate aid for those in transitions of all kinds and those who support them.Published 14 months ago by Ridgewalker
This is my third purchase of this item. I found it comforting at times in my life and have shared with others who were grateful for the music and the writings too.Published 21 months ago by JoAnne Backman