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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 ›
Not the most pleasant of subjects, but why do we suppress it, deny it, refuse to talk about it? We are afraid, that's why. But millions upon millions of people have gone through it, and have gone before us, and we also will die.
I know there's the possibility the cancer could return. I've been blessed with almost three years now cancer free, and I have lived this time more than ever before. I count the blessings, the wonderful things that have happened especially in the past two years. And oddly, were it not for the cancer, these things, these blessings, would never have happened.
But yet I have prepared for the possibility. I have thought about how I would respond to a recurrence of cancer, what I would want done, etc. I won't be taken by surprise because I allowed myself to think about it, and even to talk about it. I have expressed my wishes to my husband, so they are respected. I see nothing morbid in this conversation; rather there is a sacredness to it.
My spiritual studies have brought me to a place of stillness, that the afterlife will be one of utter peace and connection with those I have loved here, and being with God in a way so beyond what we can comprehend here. So there is nothing to fear. And really, if we are separated by death, it's only for a short time. Our lives here are as a puff of a breeze, they go that quickly.
So when I hear of conflict, I think what a waste of the short time we have here. I really want nothing to do with conflict. It is a waste of precious breath.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Have shared this with several people. Comforting and beautifully done.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 5 months ago by Scooby Doo
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 8 months ago by Patty DeDominic
I strongly recommend this for anyone experiencing the end of life for themselves and families and friends. Read morePublished 11 months ago by D. Ruelas
A compassionate aid for those in transitions of all kinds and those who support them.Published 19 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 on May 14, 2014 by JoAnne Backman