The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life

The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life

by Katy Butler

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ISBN-13: 9781501135316
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 02/19/2019
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,284
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Katy Butler’s articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Best American Science Writing, and The Best American Essays. A finalist for a National Magazine Award, she lives in Northern California. She is the author of Knocking on Heaven’s Door and The Art of Dying Well.

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The Art of Dying Well


  • The River Grows Wider

    Some old people are oppressed by the fear of death. . . . The best way to overcome it is to make your interests gradually wider and more impersonal, until bit by bit the walls of the ego recede, and your life becomes increasingly merged in the universal life. An individual human existence should be like a river: small at first, narrowly contained within its banks, and rushing passionately past rocks and over waterfalls. Gradually the river grows wider, the banks recede, the waters flow more quietly, and in the end, without any visible break, they become merged in the sea, and painlessly lose their individual being. [Those] who can see life in this way will not suffer from the fear of death, since the things [they care] for will continue.

    —BERTRAND RUSSELL

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