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Opening The Heart Of Western Medicine

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For the entire year of 2018 we'll be exploring death, dying and the afterlife by reading books that challenge our assumptions and push the boundaries of our belief systems about these "taboo" topics.

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Current Book

JUNE 2018 Book Selection:

Choosing to Die: A Personal Story


by Phyllis Shacter


BOOK DESCRIPTION:


Phyllis Shacter courageously shares the first personal story ever written about VSED (voluntarily stopping eating and drinking). This memoir and guidebook follows the journey she took with her husband, Alan, once he decided to VSED so he didn't have to live into the late stages of Alzheimer's disease. This is their love story, their partnership, the brave territory they traversed, including how they prepared themselves with proper medical and legal guidance. They knew they were paving the way for others who would follow in their footsteps. Every detail is shared, including what happened to Alan during the nine-and-a-half days it took for him to die, and how the experience transformed Phyllis. This book is for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of end of life choices, and especially for anyone who has been diagnosed with a degenerative disease.


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There will be a LIVE discussion of this book with author Phyllis Shacter.


Date and Time: Sunday June 24th

4 pm Pacific/7 pm Eastern


Link to listen online or add to your calendar:


https://InstantTeleseminar.com/Events/108152949

 JANUARY 2018 Book Selection:

BOOK DESCRIPTION:


At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.



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Discussion of this book has already taken place.


Link to listen to replay online:

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FEBRUARY 2018 Book Selection:

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory


 by Caitlin Doughty


BOOK DESCRIPTION:


Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty—a twenty-something with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre—took a job at a crematory, turning morbid curiosity into her life’s work. Thrown into a profession of gallows humor and vivid characters (both living and very dead), Caitlin learned to navigate the secretive culture of those who care for the deceased.



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Discussion of this book with Caitlin Doughty has already taken place.



Link to listen to replay online: 

https://InstantTeleseminar.com/Events/104508147


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MARCH 2018 Book Selection:

Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death


by Katy Butler


In this visionary memoir, based on a groundbreaking New York Times Magazine story, award-winning journalist Katy Butler ponders her parents’ desires for “Good Deaths” and the forces within medicine that stood in the way.

Katy Butler was living thousands of miles from her vigorous and self-reliant parents when the call came: a crippling stroke had left her proud seventy-nine-year-old father unable to fasten a belt or complete a sentence. Tragedy at first drew the family closer: her mother devoted herself to caregiving, and Butler joined the twenty-four million Americans helping shepherd parents through their final declines.


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Discussion of this book with author Katy Butler has already taken place. 


Link to listen to the replay online:


https://InstantTeleseminar.com/Events/104387754


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APRIL 2018 Book Selection

Grace and Grit:

Spirituality and Healing in the Life of Treya Killam Wilber


by Ken Wilber


BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Grace and Grit is the compelling story of the five-year journey of psychologist Ken Wilber and his wife, Treya Killam Wilber, through Treya's illness, treatment, and finally, death. It is a rare book - a love story that brings the perennial wisdom of the ages to life in all the anguish and exaltation that comprise the human condition. 




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Discussion of this book with author Ken Wilber has already taken place. 


Link to listen to the replay online:


https://InstantTeleseminar.com/Events/107195853


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MAY 2018 Book Selection:

Sacred Dying: 

Creating Rituals for Embracing 

the End of Life


by Megory Anderson


BOOK DESCRIPTION:


Death may be inevitable, but dying alone or in fear does not have to be. Sacred Dying is theologian Megory Anderson's essential testimonial and handbook for creating a dignified, peaceful, and more sacred end to life. Anderson includes a section with many prayers and poems from various traditions, and shows how to use personalized and creative rituals to help those dying prepare for their death and to bring a sense of peace, reconciliation, and acceptance both to themselves and to the loved ones they leave behind. She discusses all aspects of this final transition, including how to help a dying person put "unfinished business" to rest; using massage to help the dying let go of his or her body; and how to use music to help the dying focus on specific times, places, or events. For this first-ever paperback edition, she adds a chapter on what can be done after death to help move the soul along. Intended for those who are going through the death of a loved one as well as those facing death personally, Sacred Dying facilitates creating a setting where death is experienced as it should be—with honor, respect, and sacredness.


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Discussion of this book with author Megory Anderson has already taken place.



Link to listen to the replay online:


https://InstantTeleseminar.com/Events/105956454


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JULY 2018 Book Selection:

The Legacy Letters


by Carew Papritz


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AUGUST 2018 Book Selection:

A Swan in Heaven: 

Conversations Between Two Worlds


by Terri Daniel


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SEPTEMBER 2018 Book Selection:

Visions Trips and Crowded Rooms:

Who and What You See Before You Die


by David Kessler


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OCTOBER 2018 Book Selection:

I Am, I Am, I Am: 

Seventeen Brushes with Death


by Maggie O'Farrell


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NOVEMBER 2018 Book Selection:

The Five Invitations:

Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully


by Frank Ostaseski


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DECEMBER 2018 Book Selection:

The Wild Edge of Sorrow:

Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief


by Francis Weller


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