Are a person s perceptions and values altered when facing the end of life Do the dying see the world in a way that could help the rest of us learn how to live This book takes us into the lessons of the dying Through the words and circumstances of the terminally ill, we become immersed in their wisdom and in our own mortality The dying speak to us in direct and personal ways, pointing toward a wise and sane way to liveIn everyday language we can all understand, Rodney Smith extends the conversation about death to people of all ages and states of health Through exercises and guided meditative reflections at the end of each chapter, the lessons of the dying become a blueprint for our own growth


10 thoughts on “Lessons from the Dying

  1. Kathy Kathy says:

    I had the pleasure of working side by side Rodney while he was the director of a hospice in Texas He is extremely insightful and compassionate This book will help you understand that learning to die will teach you how to live Thank you, Rodney, for all that you give while taking nothing in return You will always be my mentor, my hero, my friend.


  2. A.B. McFarland A.B. McFarland says:

    This book comes out of Rodney Smith s experience working in hospice, as well as Buddhist ideas of self, connection, living in the moment, andI recommend it to anyone who wants to truly live before they die.


  3. John Kaufmann John Kaufmann says:

    Meh I had read some good reviews of this book, so I expectedthan I got Decent, but I ve read as good and better.


  4. Carolyn Carolyn says:

    Rodney Smith is our primary meditation teacher at Seattle Insight Meditation He worked many years as a hospice counselor and was a Buddhist monk in the Vipassana insight tradition for five years in SE Asia Rodney has fifteen years of insights and learnings from working with the dying This is a valuable book filled with practice, stories, and meditations As Joseph Goldstein wrote, Lessons from the Dying is also a gentle reminder of what faces us all and that death is the great mystery that Rodney Smith is our primary meditation teacher at Seattle Insight Meditation He worked many years as a hospice counselor and was a Buddhist monk in the Vipassana insight tradition for five years in SE Asia Rodney has fifteen years of insights and learnings from working with the dying This is a valuable book filled with practice, stories, and meditations As Joseph Goldstein wrote, Lessons from the Dying is also a gentle reminder of what faces us all and that death is the great mystery that illuminates life


  5. Adrien Adrien says:

    I recommend this book for anyone who is currently experiencing or has experienced grief over the loss of a loved one, or who is struggling with their own mortality I found it deeply touching and quieting to read Smith s insights on death and dying, as well as his accounts of the many hospice patients with whom he has worked For a subject so shrouded in fear, this book is comforting and approachable.


  6. Anne Howe Anne Howe says:

    Not light reading but certainly lighter than his subsequent books This book inspired me to work with the elderly and hospice clients Reader be aware that what this book depicts is not necessarily what one will fine in a majority of situations with the same population I once heard someone say everyone can be an example, sometimes for what not to do as well as what to do.


  7. Anh Duy Nhất Anh Duy Nhất says:

    Sau khi c xong cu n s ch n y m nh mu n h c v ch m s c ng i s p m t D


  8. Jane Jane says:

    The reflection questions were very good.


  9. Lindy Lindy says:

    Somehow, this book preaches, using other people s dying to make a point Not for me.


  10. Madeleine Madeleine says:

    Lessen voor de levenden Wat het mysterie van de dood leert over het leven.