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Product Details

  • Paperback: 317 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor; Reissue edition (January 18, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385262213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385262217
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the first book to show the reader how to open to the immensity of living with death, to participate fully in life as the perfect preparation for whatever may come next. Levine provides calm compassion rather than the frightening melodrama of death.

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This is the first book to show the reader how to open to the immensity of living with death, to participate fully in life as the perfect preparation for whatever may come next. Levine provides calm compassion rather than the frightening melodrama of death.

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This book changed my ideas about what it means to live life to the fullest.
cyclista
I think it is one of the very best books that Steven ever wrote, and I am sorry that I read it so very long ago that I can't remember a lot of detail.
Ingrid L. Iversen
Highly recommend this book to anyone asking the big questions and/or dealing with death.
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77 of 77 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 28, 1998
Format: Paperback
Who Dies? can be a difficult book. It delves into how we live our lives, what creates joy and what creates suffering and how to accept both. Taking responsiblity for ourselves and accepting the truth of pain in life is the first step towards happiness. Levine urges us to be present and thoughtful in our actions. Through painful self evaluation, one can find acceptance. As with most spiritual writing, the reader must be ready for the teaching to appreciate it. Read what rings true to you, what draws you in and you will have a better understanding of how to be close to your soul. Keep the book around, and you may find an openess to other chapters, as you make your way on the path of growth. Every time I read it, there is a new teaching that I am ready to hear. This book, though philosophical, is not dry. It contains Levine's profound personal stories which illustrate his points.
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106 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Michael J Schiesser on September 29, 2000
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This is a one of my all time favorite and life changing books. I happened upon it rather accidentally on my mother's shelf when I was trying to remind myself of elizibeth Kubler's Ross's stages of greif model for coming to terms with a loss. I was not experiencing a death of a person per se, more of a loss of my own identity. I was in my medical residency and feeling the weight of responsibility, I was losing some outmoded self within. The text would consistently have a profound impact on my thinking and subsequently my mood, as it would allow me to pay better attention to my thought process in any given moment, and pay attention to how automatic my thoughts are and in some ways following very predictable patterns which I later learned were not fixed but rather changeable.
I read chapter 4 probably 2-3 dozen times, because each sentence, each paragraph carried great power which I could feel as the words lined up next to my own thoughts like training wheels next to a bike. There was a way that my entire thinking process became illuminated while reading the book, and it might last for a day or so and then I'd need to go back and do it all over again.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By cyclista on November 15, 2003
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If I could give this book 10 stars, I would. I love Stephen Levine's poetic writing style. It is simple and clear as well as calming. This book changed my ideas about what it means to live life to the fullest. The pain meditations in this book changed the way that I experience pain. I recommend Who Dies? to anyone interested in their inner life but especially to those who are in pain (physical or emotional), or whose lives are changing in challenging ways.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Katarina Thorsen on November 28, 2002
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I have come through some very difficult few years of relationship changes in my life. What truly helped me was when I stopped searching in the obvious reltionship help areas and started searching for answers by studying the grieving process. I treat my "dis"-ease as a dying process. And I found the greatest empowerment in reading about terminal illness, and this dying process- ESPECIALLY Stephen Levine's "Who Dies"- Conscious Living, Conscious Dying. By accepting the process of grieving and really embracing it, I walked step by step, looped around, turned inside out, but somehow forward to a new perspective. Stephen's gentle guidance is the most helpful "self"-help (universal-help) book I have come across. Not only is ALL OK- he does not make it sappy, or overwhelming. It is not preachy or self-righteous. I came across it- an old edition- by accident in my small town bookstore, on a day when the tears would not stop. I have used the book not only for my own grieving process, but to understand and let go of one friend's suicide and my other friend's terminal disease. To those struggling, you may find some peaceful moments in Levine's pages. Best wishes.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Victoria J. Gordon on December 1, 2003
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On October 26, 2003, at age 33, the youngest of my four sons took his own life. I was in such pain I didn't think I could live through it until my sister recommended Who Dies? I have been reading it ever since. Each time I read chapter I am left feeling peacful and accepting . I remember to accept what is, to be present in the moment, and to recognize my pain, when it comes, as an opportunity to grow and come closer to truth. I am now buying copies for my other three sons. Thank you Stephen and Ondrea Levine.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 2000
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This book changed my life when I first read it more than 25 years ago. My father died when I was very young and that event left me terrified of death. Then I read "Who Dies?" and realized there was another way to look at death. The book also led me to begin working with people dying and/or grieving. The book is really about life. Live it now, today, because we never know when this precious gift will be over. Thank you, Stephen Levine.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 10, 1998
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Very few books make reflection on death so calming, so refreshing. Read this book before you die!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By W. Leonard on October 3, 2004
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One of the best books I've encountered on the way the mind works and common dynamics that are the foundation of suffering (as well as the common way out of the suffering). The references to spiritual traditions show how various traditions have realized the same, fundamental problem and its common solution. I found this book to be one of the best and insightful explanations of the mind's dynamics - an understanding, when combined with the activities of awareness and investigation - yield to direct experiences that resolve suffering. On another level, I found that the author's hints of the experience of the fundamental nature of being to be very motivational.
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