Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul

Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul


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Die Wise does not offer seven steps for coping with death. It does not suggest ways to make dying easier. It pours no honey to make the medicine go down. Instead, with lyrical prose, deep wisdom, and stories from his two decades of working with dying people and their families, Stephen Jenkinson places death at the center of the page and asks us to behold it in all its painful beauty. Die Wise teaches the skills of dying, skills that have to be learned in the course of living deeply and well. Die Wise is for those who will fail to live forever.
Dying well, Jenkinson writes, is a right and responsibility of everyone. It is not a lifestyle option. It is a moral, political, and spiritual obligation each person owes their ancestors and their heirs. Die Wise dreams such a dream, and plots such an uprising. How we die, how we care for dying people, and how we carry our dead: this work makes our capacity for a village-mindedness, or breaks it.

Table of Contents
The Ordeal of a Managed Death
Stealing Meaning from Dying
The Tyrant Hope
The Quality of Life
Yes, But Not Like This
The Work
So Who Are the Dying to You? 
Dying Facing Home
What Dying Asks of Us All
Ah, My Friend the Enemy

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781583949733
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 03/17/2015
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 153,325
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 3.00(d)

About the Author

STEPHEN JENKINSON MTS MSW is an activist, teacher, author, and farmer. He has a master's degree in theology from Harvard University and a master's degree in social work from the University of Toronto. Formerly a program director at a major Canadian hospital and medical-school assistant professor, Stephen is now a sought-after workshop leader, speaker, and consultant to palliative care and hospice organizations. He is the founder of The Orphan Wisdom School in Canada and the subject of the documentary film Griefwalker.

Table of Contents

Honor and Flowers v

Foreword: The Hawk and the Otherworld ix

Overture: Night 1

1 The Ordeal of a Managed Death: What Happens When We Don't Let Dying Change Everything 17

Cobalt and Courtesy: A Few Things to Know about Palliative Medicine 18

The Iatrogenic Nightmare of Palliative Care 32

The Right of Life 42

2 Stealing Meaning from Dying: What It Alt Has Come To 57

Long Life, Quick Death 57

To Die, Not Dying 69

What Is It about Living That Dying Proves? 89

An Angel or an Executioner 107

3 The Tyrant Hope 117

4 The Quality of Life 137

5 Yes, but Not Like This Euthanasia and Suicide 153

6 The Work 171

7 So Who Are the Dying to You? Who Are the Dead? 217

Looking for Home 223

Could I Be from Somewhere? Stories 230

The Bone Yard 244

The Garden 260

8 Dying Facing Home 269

9 What Dying Asks of Us All 283

Everybody Knows? 283

Enough 289

A Love Affair in Reverse 301

The Words to Say It All 319

10 Kids 333

11 Ah, My Friend the Enemy 357

Once I Had a Brother 357

Heart Like a Seed 365

Fail to Live Forever 377

Afterwards: Dawn 381

Bibliography 383

Index 385

The Writer 395

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