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The Heart of the Hereafter can help to serve as a life review for the living. The stories can change not only how we view the end of life, but how we view life itself, and thus how we actively live our lives, particularly when we encounter the part of ourselves that is nothing but love. The end of life is almost never pretty, but it can be almost overwhelmingly beautiful. This book features a moving selection of poetic and visual artworks that are based on the author’s experiences as an Artist In Residence in palliative medicine at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. Emphasizing mystical and spiritual themes, the stories showcase the different types of love that emerge both in life and at the end of life. They range from philanthropy, self-respect (amour propre), familial love (agape and storge), and romantic love (eros) to various expressions of spiritual love including charity (caritas), grace, enlightenment, and transcendence. By engaging these themes, this book sheds valuable light on both the promises and the complications associated with constructing an ars moriendi, or guide to the art of dying, in our contemporary world.
|Publisher:||Hunt, John Publishing|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||3 MB|
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Table of Contents
Introduction: How To Build a Barn: Rethinking the Ars Moriendi 8
Chapter 1 Philanthropy: Learning is Freedom, It Comes from the Heart 27
Chapter 2 Amour Propre: "I Am a Warrior": Red Like the Heart, and Autumn Gold 35
Chapter 3 Agape: For the Love and Respect of the Service: The Navy Uniforms 43
Chapter 4 Eros: What it Means To Be Truly in Love: The Other Side of the Waterfall 53
Chapter 5 Storge: I Knew Then That My Mother Was With Me: Haloed All Around 61
Chapter 6 Grace: In the Palm of God's Hands 67
Chapter 7 Caritas I: And Then I Knew There Was a God in Heaven: For Goodness' Sake 75
Chapter 8 Caritas II: In the Garden with Jesus: Our Hearts are the Same 83
Chapter 9 Enlightenment: Now, I'm Just a Conduit, So I'm Calling It Enlightenment 89
Chapter 10 Transcendence: The Doorway Between Heaven and Earth: They Were All Clapping for Me 95
Afterword: Philosophy: A Life Review for the Living 102
List of Illustrations 107