A Life Well Lived, A Death Well Met

A Life Well Lived, A Death Well Met

by William Holsinger
A Life Well Lived, A Death Well Met

A Life Well Lived, A Death Well Met

by William Holsinger


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“I like to think of death as a handshake,” says the author, Will Holsinger, a certified hospice volunteer. “Death is checking to see if our grip is sure.”

A Life Well Lived, A Death Well Met is a collection of insightful and compassionate poems, prose and musings about aging, death and dying that draws on the author’s own vivid near-death experience as a boy, the deaths of his parents and the stillbirth of a child, as well as the passing of the many friends and hospice patients he has accompanied in their final days and months and hours.

"A Life Well Lived, A Death Well Met" will leave you comforted, as well as awed, by the power, the majesty, the hope of Death.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781732742406
Publisher: William Holsinger
Publication date: 10/01/2018
Pages: 108
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.26(d)

Table of Contents


1 Introduction

5 Who is Death? What is Death?

7 Beyond the Curtain of Light

9 Neptune’s Passion

11 Death is our Teacher

13 fabric of our lives

14 Be with Me

15 The Choice

17 As I Age

19 Afraid of Dying

20 Winter Storm

21 Rock Garden

22 tonight

23 inexpressible

25 God/No-God

26 Another Way

27 Running With Death

29 Pine Box

31 Waterfall

32 a wonderful life

33 downstream

34 Final Witness

35 Unfinished Business

36 busy

37 Each New Day

38 Going Home

41 regrets

42 Don’t Cry

43 Perspective

43 The Prime of Life

43 Wisdom

44 No More Pain

45 The Accident

48 Last Days

49 When?

50 I Want to Die When . . .

51 When Death Comes

52 When I Die

55 A Call from Mark

57 Susan

59 Who Am I?

60 Diagnosis

61 broken wings

62 Whispering

63 The Way

64 ~~no logic~~

65 Dying has no Meaning for a Cat

66 Vigiling with my Cat

67 Cat Waiting for Death

68 Vimukta on his Death Bed

69 For Jean

70 Sitting Vigil with Barbara

73 Search or Claim

75 With Bill

76 In Between

78 Waiting

79 On Awakening

80 Sitting Hospice

81 Filled

83 Ocean of Longing

84 things that are not so

85 Watercress

86 oasis

87 When I Arrive

89 So Old . . .

90 Reflections on Friendship

93 God’s Messengers

94 The Candle

95 About the Author

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