A Beautiful Death: Facing the Future with Peace

A Beautiful Death: Facing the Future with Peace

by Cheryl Eckl
     
 

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What does it take to face death, loss, and grief with confidence and peace?

Cheryl Eckl is unexpectedly forced to host life's most unwelcome guest when her husband, Stephen, is diagnosed with terminal cancer and given a few short years to live. In A Beautiful Death, her powerful insights, moving story, and unerring guidance show that we all have the inner resources

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What does it take to face death, loss, and grief with confidence and peace?

Cheryl Eckl is unexpectedly forced to host life's most unwelcome guest when her husband, Stephen, is diagnosed with terminal cancer and given a few short years to live. In A Beautiful Death, her powerful insights, moving story, and unerring guidance show that we all have the inner resources to face death, and the future, with peace. In fact, she says, when we are properly prepared this experience, while rarely easy, can be profoundly beautiful.
A Beautiful Death is a compassionate and honest approach to death as an integral part of life-how to think about it, talk about it, and prepare for it. Eckl helps us overcome our fear and avoidance of painful end-of-life issues as she gently takes us by the hand on a transformative journey through loss and unspeakable grief.
In her sensitive and deftly written work, you'll explore five liberating steps for facing death, whether your own or a loved one's. You'll learn how to give fully, nurture yourself and your loved ones, and open to the intensity of sorrow so you can rise up strengthened for your tomorrows. Above all, you'll find the comfort you need to embrace whatever the present brings with grace, confidence, and peace.

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"A truly beautiful account of a truly beautiful death.” -- Ken Wilber, Grace and Grit

"Provides wise guidance to help each of us face life's inevitable losses with creative compassion and...elegant grace." -- Mark Brady, Ph.D., The Wisdom of Listening and Right Listening

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780982810705
Publisher:
Flying Crane Press
Publication date:
10/01/2010
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.52(h) x 0.89(d)
Age Range:
3 Months

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You cannot comprehend the impact death will have on your life until you meet it face to face. Until you sit with it a while. Until you watch it hovering for years-or perhaps for just an instant. Until you feel the nothingness it leaves behind as it steals away with your beloved. Even then, you may not really know death-but I believe you need to try. I also believe you have the inner resources to face it, even if you don't know that you do. . . .

Facing death-either your own or that of someone you love-can be the worst thing that ever happens to you. It can also be your most important life experience because of what it teaches you about love and compassion, about serving another person in the hour of greatest need, about the resilience of the human heart, and about the unimaginable blessings that can flow to you and through you if you accept death as a natural part of life. . . .

Ironically, it was not until the horrible gift of my husband's illness and eventual passing that I really began to understand what it means to live each day to the fullest. Stephen may well have laid down his life for me to learn that when we conquer our fear of the Great Unknown, life becomes unspeakably sweet. In fact, my journey through his illness and death convinced me that we are both able to and meant to fully engage the intensity of life's deepest sorrows because, through that process, we may actually experience some of life's highest joys.

During this heartbreaking process of losing Stephen, learning to be alone, and finding my way into a new life that I had to learn to want, I have come to believe that making the transition from this world to the next is as natural as a sigh. That, while rarely easy, the experience can be beautiful.

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