Perfect Endings: A Conscious Approach to Dying and Death

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By Robert Sachs

Publisher : Inner Traditions/Bear & Company

ABOUT Robert Sachs

Robert Sachs
Robert Sachs has spent the last twenty-five years studying with some of today's most noted Tibetan spiritual leaders and Ayurvedic physicians. He is a member of Sogyal Rinpoche's Spiritual Dying Network, a Licensed Social Worker, and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. Th More...



Perfect Endings shows how the death experience is an expansion into a wider dimension of our core being. It is written as a series of stories that allow us to be privy to the dying process of individuals with whom the author worked in his capacity as a professional hospice counselor. Each case illustrates a particular aspect of this transformative process, and Sachs presents different approaches to mastering the task of letting go of life while providing valuable guidance to caregivers, family members, and those who are facing death themselves.

"Perfect Endings is a book about making peace while we still can. It offers a perfect beginning for the rest of our newly lived life."
Stephen Levine, author of One Year to Live

"Robert shows us how dying is not only a part of living, but also how it is possible for us to prepare for our own death and--as caregivers to others dying--how we can help them with this polar process."
Dr. Lopsang Rapgay, author of The Tibetan Book of Healing

"Perfect Endings invites us to the real world of dying people and the significant individuals caring for them. He helps us know there is a greater Power orchestrating life and death, and that our part is to listen, learn, and support with nonjudgemental love."
Catherine D. Edgar, M.A., Hospice Counselor

The book is not at all linear or explanatory and in that lies its strength. It's the best book I've read for getting a feel of what it's actually like to attend a dying person. It works because it conveys the complexity, the many layeredness, the jumble of events and people that tent to coalesce around a deathbed. In this way it would be useful in preparing anyone who has not attended a death to do so.
The Mountain Record (Media Reviews)