New Release: Die Wise
Categories: New Release Psychology & Personal Growth Spirituality & Religion
Video by Ian MacKenzie
After two decades working in palliative care, Stephen Jenkinson came to the conclusion that, as a culture and a species, we are utterly unprepared to embrace death and the grief that comes with it. We avoid confronting it at all costs—instead, we talk about prayers, hope, positivity, treatments, alternatives, the afterlife—pretty much anything but the end.
Die Wise rescues death from the margins and places it in the center of the page, asking readers to behold it in all its painful beauty. Jenkinson shares dozens of detailed and intimate stories from his experiences working with the dying and their families, illustrating both the pitfalls of denial and the bounty that can come when we face the end of life openly.
Dying well, Jenkinson writes, is a right and responsibility of everyone. It is a moral, political, and spiritual obligation that each of us owes our ancestors and heirs. In the end Jenkinson’s message is not one of despair—he believes that learning to love death is one of the most direct ways to love life. In this way, his book is both for those who are facing a terminal diagnosis, as well as for anyone who recognizes that they will fail to live forever.
Dying wise is the unthinkable thought in a culture that does not believe in dying… This book is an unblinking gaze into the maw of what we have done to dying and to dying people in the name of caring for them, and it is a rankling plea for how it all could be… I am making a plea for redeeming our way of dying. This book offers a way of doing so.
—Stephen Jenkinson, from Die Wise
About the author
STEPHEN JENKINSON, MTS, MSW, is an activist, teacher, author, and farmer. He has a master’s degree in theology from Harvard University and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Toronto. Formerly a program director at a major Canadian hospital and medical-school assistant professor, Stephen is now a sought-after workshop leader, speaker, and consultant to palliative care and hospice organizations. He is the founder of The Orphan Wisdom School in Canada and the subject of the documentary film Griefwalker.Tags: Grief & Loss Stephen Jenkinson Video Philosophy