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Death: An Exploration: Learning to Embrace Life's Most Feared Mystery

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This book will help anyone who is interested in learning more about death, coping with a loss, approaching death, or explaining death to a child. It is an exploratory journey that includes multiple viewpoints, including Steve Jobs's embrace of his death, Ray Kurzweil's striving for immortality, and Joseph Campbe
Paperback, 102 pages
Published June 6th 2016 by Red Scorpion Press
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Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: philosophy
Death: An Exploration: Learning to Embrace Life's Most Feared Mystery. Mayshark has a B.A. in World History from Manhattanville College. He is the editor of, an alternative media resource focused on social justice, and The Jovial Journey (, a website dedicated to food and travel.

Death is something we do not know first hand. We experience it through others -- family, friends, news, and pets. We have religions that promise eternal life in heaven, paradise, or Val
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a well written balanced book.
The author takes the reader on a journey to explore the way societies and religious communities embrace death and the process of dying.
The research undertaken allows them to make a number of excellent points without ever championing existing views. That this book will allow the reader to contemplate death in new and refreshing ways is the success such a book can hope to achieve.
That the book may very well also enhance one’s view of life and the act of living is
Loren Mayshark gives an overview of perspectives on death and dying in 'Death: An Exploration: Learning to Embrace Life's Most Feared Mystery.' A lot of the quotes and viewpoints that he puts forth are certainly worthy of deep contemplation, such as "Why don't more people approach it, as many of our visionaries have, as a release?" He also made me think about childhood as being the happy places where you have everyone you love with you. This is usually the case; it's later when people you love d ...more
This is a short, concise book on the subject of death/dying. While it was not a compelling read, it offered some thoughts and theories on the subject.
I received this book from a Goodreads first reads giveaway.
Stan Skrabut
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Stan by: Loren Mayshark
Shelves: inspiration
I had the fortunate opportunity to read Death: An Exploration: Learning To Embrace Life's Most Feared Mystery by Loren Mayshark. I am not sure I would have read this book if it was my choice. However, Loren gifted this book to me, and after reading it, I am glad I did. As I read the book, I was struck by the fact that this was a personal exploration for Mayshark. It originated with the death of two family members before he became an adult. I have my own ideas about death and it was fascinating ...more
Jun 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to read this book because in our society death is still a taboo subject. We tiptoe around it, we avoid it, and we never know what to say about it. This book includes various thoughts on death and has different perspectives about dying.

As someone who has been privileged to be with patients when they’ve died, I was curious to know what the author would say about the fear of dying. He did a great job providing a concise picture of several topics for the reader. However, for me, it was muc
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This was indeed a short exploration into the ultimate outcome of life, death. While short, it gave an enticing introduction into how other cultures view death compared to the United States' uptight almost formulaic and overly structured approach. (In my opinion.)

No matter how you deal with it culturally or personally, it's a fact of life and I appreciated the few views and quotes that were scattered throughout that may spark a new way of looking at it for readers that are new to exploring the su
Alan D.D.
Wow. This was just incredible. Not many books intimidate me, and this did it for sure. Don't be fooled by the length, for Mayshark is a terrific writer and his style impressed me to say the least. I'm definitely reviewing this on my YT channel.

Guau. Esto fue simplemente increíble. No hay muchos libros que me intimiden, y este lo hizo con certeza. No se dejen engañar por lo largo, ya que Mayshark es un excelente escritor y su estilo me impresionó por decir lo menos. Definitivamente voy a reseñar
Ginae B.
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Author Loren Mayshark has had a somewhat interesting life, in regards to death. Really, he didn't have a choice. It was totally smooshed up on him.

However, his perspective is perfect for this award-winning book. He leaves his interpretations to you. View the end through his visage and see how you feel.

If you have already been thinking about death, there may not be a whole lot of insight for you. Still, Death: An Exploration is worth a scan.
Okay, I admit it. The idea of death petrifies me to no end. When you have had to look into the exact face of it too many times it can scar you. For myself, losing my Mom was the worst thing that ever happened to me. I went through the grieving process and I admit, there are still times to this day that the memories are triggered and cause me issues. Death is a fear that most everyone has that can strangle the heck out of your existence if you let it. Yes, I too have had those moments.

I have to s
Gina McKnight
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary-fiction
5.0 out of 5 starsAn engaging exploration into death and dying
By Gina111 on February 20, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
Loren Mayshark writes the thing we despise most - death. In "Death: An Exploration", Mayshark expounds that we should embrace death as a "duality" as in male/female, young/old, etc., ...that "if there is life, then logically there must be an opposite." Mayshark gives us reason to live a full life now, not to be intimidated by death and dying. He gives reliable references that people
Heather  Erickson
A fascinating compilation of stories, quotes, and ideas about death

I very much enjoyed this book. It had tons of great quotes about death and dying, as well as stories about the different deaths of several well known people. The author put his own thoughts to page as well, in a way that blended well with the rest of the book.

The one thing I personally didn't like was that he spent an entire chapter focused on "eastern" religion while relegating "western" religion to one paragraph that was more o
Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

This book is exactly what it claims to be - an exploration of death. The author delves into his own existential angst through a series of essays examining various views and cultural approaches to death. He writes, "For our entire lives we build a life, recognizing that it will inevitably slip away" (p. 63). How then do we live well with the persistent knowledge of our inevitable decline and the underlying fear of the unknown (i.e., the
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I was a goodreads first-reads winner.

This is a very quick read which centers around different thoughts about death - death as release, as a transition, as something to be terrified of and everything between. The book is very much an overview, a bit too much of an overview to do anything but spur a person on to do more research and/or more pondering of just how you see death. If you are comfortable with death and/or really don't care about Steve Jobs, this is still an interesting short read, but
Nov 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick reading book. Pretty much a rehash of what other folks have said.

I received this book free from Goodreads First Reads.
Ina Cawl
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A short guide book for any one intersted or scared of death
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Loren Mayshark was fortunate to have parents who offered him opportunities to see the world and introduce him to many exciting places which instilled in him a passion for travel. As his wanderlust grew, he journeyed to more than thirty US states and at least as many foreign countries while visiting four continents.

After college, he supported his itinerant lifestyle by working dozens of jobs includ
“DEATH IS A PROFOUND LESSON IN TRUTH: We grow to understand more about it from childhood until the day we must cross the mystic chasm and abandon the land of the living.” 0 likes
“When we ponder the vastness of the universe and eternity, we are closer to understanding the role of death in the mysterious life we are all experiencing. Through these realizations, greater acceptance of the inevitability of death positions us to be happier in our lives. After my journey through these ideas I feel strongly that happiness and a deeper understanding of death are linked phenomena that offer a fuller existence.” 0 likes
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