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The Art of Dying

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  12 reviews
The Art of Dying is a contemporary version of the medieval Ars Moriendi--a manual on how to achieve a good death. Peter Fenwick is an eminent neuropsychiatrist, academic and expert on disorders of the brain. His most compelling and provocative research has been into the end of life phenomena, including near-death experiences and deathbed visions of the dying person, as wel ...more
Paperback, 251 pages
Published August 26th 2008 by Bloomsbury Academic (first published June 30th 2008)
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Lynne King
Apr 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Is there an art to dying? What can we do to achieve a good death? We have few special rituals to prepare for death, or to mark it and we often fail to help the dying prepare for death.

I don’t want anyone reading this review to think that I have a morbid slant on life. My only excuse is that since I lost a loved one two years ago, I have become philosophically involved in trying to find a meaning between our life on earth and death and whether there is anything afterwards. But then this issue has bee
James Koppert
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very interesting book which looks at the experiences of those who have been around people who are dying and all the strange experiences that are seemingly commonplace. The books purpose is to teach that death is not to be feared and to stop stressing in life as we are only here for a short while.
Gabriella Alexandra
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is one of the best books you will ever read, because it will forever alter your view of death if it is one of fear, and it will reinforce it if it is positive. I truly believe that our world would be a different place if everyone took the time to read this book. People would spend more time on love and learning because they wouldn't be so scared that their time is "running out." This book is filled with numerous personal accounts of people who have communicated with the dead and dying, ...more
Dec 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shamanism, science
Arguably one of the most comprehensive book on the subject. The process of death and dying is segmented into characteristic phases which are then separately discussed and backed up with a number of first-hand testimonies (probably collected by the authors themselves). But the ending chapters, in which authors discuss their findings against a huge background of existing literature (from The Tibetan Book of the Dead to modern day philosophical and medical sources), are no less interesting. It is c ...more
Diane Stavrum
Aug 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. Wonderful personal experiences! My mother shared with my sisters & me a wonderful awareness of beings & spoke with them the day before she passed away.
Karen Slora
At first I thought it incredibly boring as the authors describe, in great detail, common experiences that the living claim to have had happen at the same time as the death of a loved one. The authors do indicate that about 10% of people they surveyed had these “coincidences “. What about the 90%? I do feel we shouldn’t just discard these phenomena because we can’t really measure them and that consciousness may exist separate from the brain. Scientific research is needed and the authors attempt t ...more
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science, nonfiction
This book's title makes it sound far more foreboding than it actually is. It's a wonderfully constructed book illustrating what a good number of people in hospice or on the verge of passing on (dying) tend to do or say that is in common. Reading what people who are about to pass on think, see and say is so inspiring and reassuring to those left behind. Unusual coincidences that occur to nearest friends or relatives at the point of a person's death are also extremely heartening. There is no other ...more
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Today, mum in her gentle state of half sleep named some of her relatives that I recall from my childhood. Long gone now.

This book contains accounts of near death experiences both from the dying, and those who have been with the dying. Personally I found it comforting and totally interesting to discover that such joyful moments occurr at our life's end.

Reading this as my mother reaches the end of her life has been a positive experience.
Life in my book is mirrored in the life of my r
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
enlightening part of the jigsaw puzzles in my life
Nov 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Always looking for Hospice-related books-this had LOTS of personal anecdotes.
Jun 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book has wonderful personal experiences and I loved reading them. I did not like how the author kept analyzing every story, that got a little boring. But overall, it was a good read.
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