The Grace in Dying

The Grace in Dying

Amazon.com Review: Right from the start Kathleen Dowling Singh proclaims: "Dying is safe. You are safe. Your loved one is safe. That is the message of all the words here." True to her promise, Dowling Singh walks us through the final stages of death with complete honesty, yet she manages to quell the ultimate fear of dying. Speaking of the "Nearing Death Experience," Singh has discovered a sequence of phases or qualities that signals when a dying person is entering the final stages of spiritual and psychological transformation. She names them as relaxation, withdrawal, radiance, interiority (a time of going inward), silence, sacred, transcendence, knowing, intensity, and perfection--all of which she explains in great detail. A hospice worker and worldwide lecturer, Dowling Singh is being touted as the next Kubler-Ross. Time will tell. One thing is for certain: this is an astonishingly intelligent and engrossing book about consciously surrendering our bodies and our egos to death. There are 500,000 hospice patients in the U.S. and 5 million hospice workers worldwide. And every one of them would probably find profound comfort in this breakthrough book on dying.

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A Sampling of Reviews

Oversoul by Alex Grey

"A profound and moving--and much needed--book."

Ken Wilber, author of A Brief History of Everything, The Marriage of Sense and Soul: Integrating Science and Religion, The Atman Project: A Transpersonal View of Human Development, No Boundary: Eastern and Western Approaches to Personal Growth, Integral Spirituality: A Startling New Role for Religion in the Modern and Postmodern World

"This splendid book is caressed by wisdom and compassion. It brings immense hope and meaning to life's final chapter. Congratulations to Kathleen. A splendid job."

Larry Dossey, MD, author of The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things: Fourteen Natural Steps to Health and Happiness, Healing Words: The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine, Recovering the Soul: A Scientific and Spiritual Approach

"Kathleen Singh has written a stunningly powerful book. Her account of what happens to us as we are dying elucidates not only the spiritual character of the death process but also the underlying unity of life and death. Singh helps us understand what it means to die. ...A wonderful book. Congratulations on a remarkable achievement and contribution."

Michael Washburn, Ph.D., author of Embodied Spirituality in a Sacred World (Suny Series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology, The Ego and the Dynamic Ground: A Transpersonal Theory of Human Development

"The new Kubler-Ross has arrived, and her name is Kathleen Singh. In a stunning debut, she has written, quite simply, the most important book on the nature of dying since On Death and Dying. The Grace in Dying gives us new eyes with which to view death, and no one who reads Singh's work can come away from it without sharing her radiant vision. The book is a flat-out masterpiece."


Kenneth Ring, Ph.D., author of Lessons from the Light: What We Can Learn from the Near-death Experience, Heading Toward Omega, In Search of the Meaning of the Near-Death Experience - 1985 publication

"A rich weave of truths and sublime beauty."

Roshi Joan Halifax, founder of Upaya and author of Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death, The Fruitful Darkness: A Journey Through Buddhist Practice and Tribal Wisdom

"As a physician who has spent many years present with women at the moment of birth, I have often found myself moved to tears by the sacredness of this moment, when we emerge into physical life. As I read through the pages of The Grace in Dying, I found myself moved by the realization that the process of dying is the same in many ways as the process of giving birth, and that the same sacred energy that is so palpable in the delivery room will also be there for each of us at the moment of our death. There is great comfort in this remarkable book."

Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom (Revised Edition): Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing

"Kathleen Dowling Singh opens our eyes to the spiritual aspects of dying, as Sherwin Nuland and Elisabeth Kubler-Ross did for the the physical and psychological. Her message ... can offer reassurance throughout life."

Steven A. Schroeder, M.D., President, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation