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The American Book of Dying: Lessons in Healing Spiritual Pain


Groves, R. F., & Klauser, H. A. Berkeley, CA: Celestial Arts, 2005. 304 pp; $18.95; 1-800-841-BOOK;


Dying raises fears and questions as old as humanity: What is a "good death"? What can the dying teach us? How do we prepare for death? How can you best support a dying friend or relative?


Written for the nonprofessional caregiver, this resource offers comfort, direction, and hope for those living and those dying. Drawing from real-life experiences, the authors present a collection of nine stories, each illustrating a common archetype, as well as insightful, timeless lessons gleaned from each experience. The book gives the reader permission and courage to trust instincts. By telling the stories of those who have died, the authors ensure that we remember and continue to learn from their experiences.