Out of the Fog

Die Wise: Making Meaning of the Ending of Days with Stephen Jenkinson

May 10, 201655 min
After two decades working in palliative care, Stephen Jenkinson came to an astonishing conclusion: as a culture and a species, we are utterly unprepared to embrace death and the grief that comes with it. We avoid confronting it at all costs. In his new book, Die Wise, he shares dozens of detailed and intimate stories from his experiences working with the dying and their families, illustrating both the pitfalls of denial and the bounty that can come when we face the end of life openly. Dying well, he believes, is a moral, political, and spiritual obligation each person owes their ancestors and their heirs. Stephen believes that learning to love death is one of the most direct ways to love life.

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