Dancing More, Working Less and Other Last Thoughts
A hospice chaplain passes on lessons on the meaning of life, from those who are leaving it
What are the top regrets of the dying? That's what Kerry Egan, a hospice chaplain, learned as she listened to her patients on their deathbeds, witnessing what she calls the 'spiritual work of dying' - the work of finding or making meaning of one's life, the experiences it contained and the people who have touched it. In this book she recalls the stories she heard - stories of hope and regret, shame and pride, mystery and revelation, and secrets held too long.
This isn't a book about dying - it's a book about living. Each of Egan's patients taught her something; in this moving and beautiful book, she imparts their poignant and profound lessons on how to live a life without regrets.
Praise for On Living
As the title suggests, this is not just a book about dying. It's one that will inspire readers to make the most of every day.Publishers Weekly
When I forget the importance of kindness, when I forget to listen, when I no longer recognize the comfort of a quiet presence, when no words will help, when I lose sight of what is most important, I will want On Living within arm's reach, always. I love this bookAbigail Thomas, author of 'A Three Dog Life' and 'What Comes Next and How to Like It'
Thoughtful and refreshingly unpretentious . . . [Egan's] insights continue to resonate for days after you've finished readingWashington Post on 'Fumbling'