Author(s): Karen Speerstra
"The Divine Art of Dying" explores the unique moment when seriously ill people choose to turn toward death. Combining personal stories with solid research on palliative and hospice care, it provides a well-integrated look at the spiritual dimensions of living fully when death is near. Filled with insights from the world's great wisdom traditions along with references from literature, movies, and current culture, it helps identify the life decisions the dying one and his or her loved ones must make, and what their caregivers can expect.
Karen Speerstra was a writer, editor, and the author of ten books, including the Nautilus gold medal winner, "Sophia: the Feminine Face of God." She died in 2013 shortly after completing the manuscript for "The Divine Art of Dying." Herbert Anderson has been a pastor, a seminary professor, and a hospital chaplain and is the author or coauthor of numerous books and articles on death and grief, family living, pastoral care, ritual and stories, and spirituality. He lives in Sonoma, CA. Dr. Ira Byock is one of the foremost palliative-care physicians in the country and an expert in end of life decisions. His book "Dying Well" has sold over 50,000 copies. He served as the president of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and is currently the director of Palliative Medicine at Dartmouth- Hitchcock Medical Center. He lives in Enfield, NH.