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Opening The Heart Of Western Medicine


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.


Current Book

AUGUST 2018 Book Selection:

A Swan in Heaven: 

Conversations Between Two Worlds

by Terri Daniel

A Swan in Heaven blends thought-provoking narrative with stirring afterlife messages from a 16 year-old boy who began communicating with his mother telepathically after his death. What makes this account unique in the world of "channeled" books is that during his life, this extraordinary child was severely disabled and unable to speak. But after death his language was fluent and his words were insightful, inspired and eloquent. The messages in best-selling channeled books are overwhelmingly similar. Notable intuitives like Edgar Cayce, Jane Roberts, James Van Praagh, Sylvia Browne and Neale Donald Walsch have shared their channeled transmissions with millions, and the content is stunning in its clarity and consistency. Conversations with God, the Seth series, A Course in Miracles and countless others speak of loving entities who guide us from other realms, and they dismiss the fear-based concept of a judgmental god. Spiritual seekers are starving for alternatives to the fear and disempowerment they experienced in their childhood churches. Remarkably, all the answers are there, simply for the asking, requiring nothing more than an open heart and the understanding that we are more than these interim physical forms. Emotional and spiritual education is available to us in many forms from many sources, beyond books, schools and human experience. There are eager teachers in other realms waiting with infinite patience for us to tune in and start listening. One such teacher is Danny Mandell, who died at age 16 after struggling with a degenerative disorder that transformed him from an active, healthy seven year-old into a wheelchair-bound teenager who wore diapers, was unable to talk and could not use his hands. He was completely non-verbal during the last years of his life, but within an hour after his death, he began "speaking" to his mother, guiding her to publish his words in a book that would have a unique perspective, not just on the journey of the soul, but on the specific subject of intimate relationships and the power of meditation and forgiveness to transform them.

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There will be a LIVE discussion of this book with author Terri Daniel:

Sunday August 26th

4 pm Pacific/7 pm Eastern

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 JANUARY 2018 Book Selection:


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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FEBRUARY 2018 Book Selection:

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory

 by Caitlin Doughty


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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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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APRIL 2018 Book Selection

Grace and Grit:

Spirituality and Healing in the Life of Treya Killam Wilber

by Ken Wilber


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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MAY 2018 Book Selection:

Sacred Dying: 

Creating Rituals for Embracing 

the End of Life

by Megory Anderson


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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JUNE 2018 Book Selection:

Choosing to Die: A Personal Story

by Phyllis Shacter


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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JULY 2018 Book Selection:

The Legacy Letters

by Carew Papritz

Rediscovered private letters from a dying father to his children--and his wife--uncover a passionate and powerful guidebook to life.

The letters reveal to us the stories, memories, and music of the father, which ultimately becomes the practical, moral, and spiritual gift and guidebook for his children he'd never live to see, and for his wife, his redemptive story of love.

By combining the best elements of such inspirational books as Tuesdays with Morrie, The Last Lecture, and Chicken Soup for the Soul, author Carew Papritz, has created an intense and thought-provoking book, filled with life instructions that The Huffington Post calls: "A Must-Read Book of Wisdom for Life... exquisite, intimate, passionate, humorous and genuine..."

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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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