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A gem of a novel. . .filled with a unique combination of gentle humor and spiritual wisdom. -- Dr. Judith Dowling, Psy. D.

Gracefully rendered and often humorous. . . -- Denver Post, May 2001

This is not a book about dying. This is a book about living. -- Fr. Bill Brock --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Edward Bear was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Los Angeles. Early adventures included a brief stint in minor league baseball, too many years in construction, day-labor and other dead-end jobs. A correspondence course in engineering landed him a job at Hewlett-Packard where he was employed for nearly thirty years. Mr. Bear currently lives in the Rocky Mountains with his wife, plays a vintage Martin guitar and writes in whatever time the gods and goddesses have left him. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: White River Press (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979245125
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979245121
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rae Capps on August 9, 2003
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If you are going to die, or if you know someone who is going to die, this book is a must read. An angel helps a human messenger show the dying they can live, laugh and continue to learn, right up to their last breathe. The characters open to the messenger's compassion and gain the strength to forgive others, themselves and then let go to that greater awareness that comes when one releases from the physical body. The author blends the reality of death (the true non-discriminator) with the humor of life. While reading the book I laughed, I cried, I smiled and I thanked the universe for the gift of life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary Sleevi on July 26, 2001
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The cocktail cart appears every afternoon around 3 P.M. in the halls of the Hospice of St. Michael. Edward, a new community service volunteer, offers a glass of wine or beer, soft drinks, candies and snacks, and a listening ear to each of the residents of the hospice. During this exchange that takes place, a miracle occurs. The giver becomes the receiver, and the volunteer with the cocktail cart realizes that the dying are living life fully, intensely. Read this delightful story and see what refreshment is awaiting you on "The Cocktail Cart."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By cheryl c. on August 8, 2001
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Edward Bear writes a compassionate and thought provoking tale of one man's journey as he accompanies others on their final journey. The characters are as varied as any group of people, but similiar in their need to make peace with this life before they move on to their next destination.
It is a story that resonates with remembrances of people who have passed and reminders of the power of kindness. It is a great read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 29, 2001
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What a delight. I laughed, I cried and didn't want it to end. If you enjoyed "Tuesdays With Morrey", you'll love this too. A great read and would make a good gift, especially for those who take life to seriously.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RFT on July 20, 2001
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Having read Ram Dass' "Still Here" I was fascinated with Edward Bears approach to the various stories of individuals as they near the end of life. He relates the experiences of people on the final journey and how they carry on, not obsessed with their plight, but enjoying life as if there is no end.
He has a canny why of demonstrating how everything in life is a lessson if we pay attention....and just watch and listen. It is a light,meaningful read. It is a book that helps a person
laugh at something we avoid to look at or talk about....dying. It truly is a book about living.
Everyone has,or will have, someone close to them who is dying. The Cocktail Cart is a must read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kim on July 28, 2001
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I would highly recommend The Cocktail Cart to anyone. Edward Bear's writing style is fun and easy to read. I delighted in the way he taught spiritual principles thru the experiences of his characters. He used a hospice setting to remind all of us of the power of love, compassion and forgiveness. It was obvious the author had repeated experiences being present when souls left their earthly form, and that he knew if we asked for help or guidance, not only would we receive it during our transition from earthy form, but daily thru out our lives. Thru his gentle and compassionate writing style I learned, all is okay, even if though it may appear otherwise. It is a book worth reading over and over.
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