Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul
"DieWise"does not offer seven steps for coping with death. It does not suggest ways to makedyingeasier. It pours no honey to make the medicine go down. Instead, with lyrical prose, deep wisdom, and stories from his two decades of working withdyingpeople and their families, StephenJenkinsonplaces death at the center of the page and asks us to behold it in all its painful beauty. "DieWise"teaches the skills ofdying, skills that have to be learned in the course of living deeply and well."DieWise"is for those who will fail to live forever. Dyingwell, Jenkinsonwrites, is a right and responsibility of everyone.It is not a lifestyle option.It is a moral, political, and spiritual obligation each person owes their ancestors and their heirs."DieWise"dreams such a dream, and plots such an uprising.How wedie, how we care fordyingpeople, and how we carry our dead: this work makesour capacity fora village-mindedness, or breaks it. Table of ContentsThe Ordeal of a Managed DeathStealing Meaning from DyingThe Tyrant HopeThe Quality of LifeYes, But Not Like ThisThe WorkSo Who Are the Dying to You?Dying Facing HomeWhat Dying Asks of Us AllKidsAh, My Friend the Enemy"
STEPHEN JENKINSON MTS MSW is an activist, teacher, author, and farmer. He has a master's degree in theology from Harvard University and a master's degree in social work from the University of Toronto. Formerly a program director at a major Canadian hospital and medical-school assistant professor, Stephen is now a sought-after workshop leader, speaker, and consultant to palliative care and hospice organizations. He is the founder of The Orphan Wisdom School in Canada and the subject of the documentary film "Griefwalker."