What Really Matters: 7 Lessons for Living from the Stories of the Dying

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What Really Matters chronicles the life transformations experienced by Dr. Karen Wyatt and her patients and their family members during hospice care. This book of beautiful and uplifting stories about the lessons learned from the dying is also a guidebook for those who are feeling lost or hopeless about their lives in this contemporary world. What Really Matters reveals how the confusing maze of the suffering and pain at the time of death can lead to the ultimate destination of meaning, purpose, and growth for ...

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Overview

What Really Matters chronicles the life transformations experienced by Dr. Karen Wyatt and her patients and their family members during hospice care. This book of beautiful and uplifting stories about the lessons learned from the dying is also a guidebook for those who are feeling lost or hopeless about their lives in this contemporary world. What Really Matters reveals how the confusing maze of the suffering and pain at the time of death can lead to the ultimate destination of meaning, purpose, and growth for both the dying and the living. Read this book-it has the power to change the way you see everything about:. the meaning of suffering. recognizing life's priorities. letting go of limiting beliefs and past traumas. the true purpose of existence. the key to unlocking the flow of grace. transcending fear

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Wyatt (The Loss & Grief Survival Guide), a family physician specializing in hospice care, provides touching patient profiles to illustrate her seven life lessons, which include forgiveness, learning to "Dwell in the Present Moment," "Let Go of Expectations," and more. Readers are introduced to a range of patients: plagued by a degenerative neuromuscular disorder, Ashley is an effectively comatose 18-year-old who can only say "I love you," and whom Wyatt describes as a "pure vessel for the transmission of Divine love;" Ralph is a 60-year-old alcoholic living in a "tumbledown" apartment complex and dying of renal cancer who spends his final months drafting gorgeous pencil-drawings of "things seen in life." Occasionally, Wyatt lapses into aphorism—as when she notes that "genuine forgiveness requires a shifting of one's energy away from hatred…toward healing—" but fails to follow up with practical methods for doing so. While some of her advice may come across as New Age-y, the overriding message—to "not only accept change" but "embrace impermanence"—has roots in many traditional systems of spirituality, allowing this book to appeal to a wide swath of readers. While not always a pragmatic guide to coping with tragedy and loss, Wyatt's newest is nevertheless an inspirational volume. (Feb.)
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Wyatt (The Loss & Grief Survival Guide), a family physician specializing in hospice care, provides touching patient profiles to illustrate her seven life lessons, which include forgiveness, learning to -- (Feb) PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590792179
  • Publisher: Select Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/21/2012
  • Pages: 174
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Karen Wyatt is a family physician who has spent much of her twenty-five-year career as a hospice medical director caring for dying patients in their homes. Author of A Matter of Life & Death, and The Loss & Grief Survival Guide, Dr. Wyatt has lectured and written extensively on end-of-life issues with an emphasis on the spiritual aspects.

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  • Posted May 18, 2012

    The author's line of work adds validity to the contents of this

    The author's line of work adds validity to the contents of this book. The reader will love getting to know more about the author and discovering just why she does what she does ( i.e. going on medical missions). The book itself is not simply composed of others' experiences, but the authors' own. Death may not be a favorite topic of conversation, but should be considered important...considering we're all going to experience it. The book does have plenty of "death" in it, but will not be gloomy at all. Instead, the author has infused the book with small lessons, memories, and life.



    The seven lessons referenced in the title links back to the last seven words of the Christ. The author does a wonderful job of keeping to this theme and tying the chapters back to the theme in such a way that is makes complete sense. Some stories of the people experiencing hospice may seem sad; the reader will feel as if he/she really gets to know these people in the last days/weeks/moments of their lives. The lives of each person has something to add to the book, the people seem so much more real than just their words on a page. This is a book that the reader will be thinking about long after setting it down. The lessons and reminders in this book may serve to help anyone currently in hospice or who will lose or have lost someone dear to him/her recently. Overall, this book is recommended to adult readers.

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